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It’s natural to be concerned about odours and gas after your ostomy. Explore products and routines for minimising ostomy odours and gas.
One of your first concerns after your ostomy surgery may be unpleasant odours and gas. The good news is that advanced pouch technology and some simple routines can combine to help you minimise odours and gas.
Today’s advanced ostomy pouches are made with odour-barrier film. This keeps odour contained inside the pouch. You should notice odour only when you are emptying or changing your pouch. If there’s odour at any other time, check the pouch seal for leakage.
Here are a few more ways to keep odour at bay:
If you have a colostomy or ileostomy, you may have noticed gas in your pouch, which happens as your bowel begins to function after surgery. The amount of gas varies. However, if you’ve always had excessive gas, you’ll probably still have it after your surgery, but in your pouch.
Gas can be caused by the foods you eat. It can also be the result of swallowing air. Drinking carbonated beverages, smoking, chewing gum and chewing with your mouth open can all increase the amount of air you swallow.
If you are concerned about gas, you can use a pouch with a filter.
A word about medications
Some medications or nutritional supplements may make good hygiene a little more challenging. They may change the colour, odour or consistency of your output. For people with colostomies or ileostomies, even non-prescription medications, like antacids, can cause constipation or diarrhea. Talk to your healthcare professional or pharmacist before taking any medication or supplements.
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The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.