colostomy and odor

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   Posted 10/13/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, Haven't been into the site in a bit.  Good to see you all and all the new people.  So much wonderful information and insights.  I have a question for those of you that have a colostomy.  I worry about odor when emptying the pouch.  Does anyone have advice about how to prevent this.   Thanks

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   Posted 10/13/2007 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi cbass.

There are drops that you can pop in to your bag. Various ostomy suppliers do these drops, and have different scents.

I find that when I have eaten fish, the odour is more potent.........I just make sure I have a good air freshener after emptying lol.

Diagnosed Crohn's 1994, panproctocolectomy with ileo Feb 2006.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I think the M9 drops are no longer made. On the ostomy site on HW they suggest peroxide but I forget the percentage they use and the amount. you may want to go check out that site for help
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
 A squirt 3% hydrogen peroxide in the bag works like a charm without the mega costs for ostomy drops that really don't work all that well.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
M9 drops are still made, they are made by Hollister now. They work great, you just have to use more than it says on the bottle. A good squirt each time you empty.

I was told not to use the hydrogen peroxide as it compromises the inside seal of the pouch, which is made to keep in odor. Lots of people on the ostomy web site use it though.

I'll stay with my M9 drops, I know they work.
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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