Easing Colostomy Bag Odor

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StomaGrrrl
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   Posted 1/24/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Any suggestions? With my ileostomy I just added a capful of hydrogen peroxide 2% and never smelled a thing. I've tried that with the colostomy and it didn't seem to take. I intend to start using baby oil in my bag to help things move a little, but I have a senstive nose (or I'm paranoid, take your pick) and would like to have that "odor-free" feeling again.

Recovery is hitting the one-month mark and I'm back to many of my old activities (ostomy-enhanced living). This concern isn't enough to keep me from going out, it just something that I find on my mind when at home feeling suspicious that I'm smelling.

again, colostomy-specific suggestions. should i retry peroxide? i'm about to go drop in some mouthwash now... smurf

justjenjen
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   Posted 1/24/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Peroxide is good, so is mouthwash, or if that doesn't help try Odor Eliminator Drops. It's pricey but boy is it good stuff. You'd have to get it through the same place you get your supplies. Have you changed meds? I've noticed over the years that a change of meds often led to an odor change as well.

summerstorm
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   Posted 1/24/2008 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i used to try stuff, but i don't really too much about it now. When i go out, i carry a bottle of that spray breath freshner, the little kinds like you see people spray in their mouths before dates on TV, the mint kind works best, but this is very important, you must spray BEFORE you empty the bag, and it keeps the smell from getting out into the bathroom. And it also has alchol in it, so if you are in an icky bathroom you can clean stuff up. When i empty my bag at home, i use a water bottle and i put a little bit of mint mouthwash in there, and that does help some. I also use those gel tabs in the bag and that keeps you from having to empty as much

StomaGrrrl
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   Posted 1/25/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the great suggestions justjenjen and summerstorm. I like the mouthwash effect, I've not had a single moment of "is that me?" since i started adding last night. I like the breathspray idea, summer, and i have some odor eliminator drops buried somewhere...unless i gave them away after the ileostomy reversal. Oh well.

Thanks a million!

nene205
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   Posted 1/25/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   

 Hi,

 While I was in the hospital, one of the floor nurses suggested putting a Tic-Tac in my pouch to help control the odor. It sounds gross, but it does work and a cheap way to fight odor.

Jennie


StomaGrrrl
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   Posted 1/25/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I will pick up tic-tacs tonight. sounds weird...but hey, i'm game!

peggy113
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   Posted 1/25/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I just heard the same thing about tic tacs or maybe I read it on here.... maybe it was from the chat room... oh well, it sounds like a good idea. I too am gonna try it!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Gillcom
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   Posted 1/25/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here Peggy, bring on the tic tacs!!
Anything is worth a try, thanks Jennie.

Gillian x
Ileostomy - Feb 05, Hernia on site.
Fluoxetine - 20mg March 05 - july 06
Citalipram - 20mg July 06 - upped to 40mg now.


peggy113
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   Posted 1/25/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey --- maybe we should buy stock in TIC TACS!!!! 

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 1/25/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Tic Tacs and Press 'n" Seal, an Ostomates best Friends!!!
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
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OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
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summerstorm
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   Posted 1/25/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah i bet the tic tacs do work, because the smell from them would get you instead of the smell from the bag. Good idea there. I wonder if you could put tic tacs in the bag?

Slice
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   Posted 1/25/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, there is one breath mint i won't be using anytime soon.

Once a bad visual, always a bad visual.

Anyone says they're using M&M's in their bag and i'll snap.
 
Crohn's for what seems like forever
Bagged in August 2006
@ssless as of 11/2007
 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
i just got a whole bag, and am headign into the bathroom with them right now! not only would it smell good, it would probably change colors!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/26/2008 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I recently switched from hydrogen peroxide to mouthwash, because the peroxide was making air bubbles and causing my bag to puff up. The mouthwash doesn't do that, plus it's minty fresh! :-)
Cecilia
 
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy & ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


badbaggirl
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   Posted 1/26/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I also use the M9 Odor Eliminator drops. I think (though I am not sure) that I read odor is more of a problem with colostomies than illeos. (Is that right?) I tried the peroxide and that didn't work and mouthwash just made it worse (poopy breath? :-) Anyway, I use more of it than what they tell you to use too. Fortunately my insurance covers the 3 bottles I go through each time I order supplies.

Slice, I had to laugh. Now I can't look at tic tacs the same way again either! Ha!
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


donut
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried the TicTacs this afternoon when we went to we movie and I knew I would need to use a public restroom. I popped one in the bottom of the bag before I left home.It was amazing! I didn't even have to hurry or flush twice...worked like a charm. Guess I will be using these when I go out! Thanks for the wonderful tip.

sedona61
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   Posted 2/8/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anyone who will listen I really could use some prayers
 
My name is sedona I'm 46  I had the following ops 79 appendectomy/85 Hiatal hernia and Hemmhoidectomy/90 Hemmhoidectomy/91 Hysterectomy, Rectocele,Cystocele, Enterocele and vaginal prolapse. 92 Bladder Suspension, Rectocele.  93 Hemmhoidectomy/ 94 Colon Resection 15 inches removed/95 Ventral Hernia, Rectocele and Cystocele/ 2005  Large Rectocele, vaginal prolapse/ May 2006 Colon Resection/ 2006 Bowel Obstruction/2007 Permanent Colostomy, Ventral Hernia.  In August 2007 I had a CT scan done and it revealed I have another Ventral Hernia, Peristomal Hernia my 3 surgeonts said that if I have another surgery it is life threatening and their is a 95% chance that it will be fatal.  My intestines are bulging through my abdomen and it looks like I have 1/3 of a banana beneath my abdomen where the peristoma hernia is located.  Is there anyone that has any suggestions on what I can or should do? 
 
I also have problems with a smelly stinky odor when emptying my pouch, sometimes it's like smelling a sewage plant.  In the summer time when the A/C is running the smells goes all through my house and it STINKS !!  ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT I CAN DO ???
 
 

praying4healing
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   Posted 2/8/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
wow sedona i hope you get answers as i'm new to this and don't have any. U've been through alot which must mean you're a very strong person. My prayers are with u.
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
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needreassurance
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   Posted 2/13/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi,  I'm new with forums etc.  My husband had ileostomy 4 months with takedown 2/1/08.  I'd like to respond to the last question about odor.  We used M9 product from Hollister with good results.  It's a little pricy at $25 for 8oz.  But we thought it was worth it.  Also, we didn't find a need for lubricant, but a friend said in the nursing home they sprayed Pam.  Good luck.

 

Now, I'd like to find someone who knows about post takedown.  My husband had his 2/1.  He started eating low residue meals after being home a few days, but now has the sensation to go constantly, but goes only a little.  We see his doc today.  Anyone out there have experience with this?  Thanks.


tbraz
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   Posted 2/13/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Although I don't have my takedown yet, I was told that it takes time for the pouch to expand-up to a year and it's common for people to have trouble in the beginning. The key is to learn when you feel the urge to recognize if it's gas or stool. Some can go 10-20 times a day in the beginning and have a lot of sleepless nights.

The doctors don't tell us about all the issues we face after each of these surgeries and I thank God for these forums so that we can find others who are experiencing or have been through what I have been through. I really think I would have been more depressed or gone crazy without this forum. Not only getting answers and advice, but the true caring of the individuals who post here.
Theresa

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
2nd step J-pouch formation -January 2008
Takedown hopefully by April 2008


GT
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   Posted 8/25/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
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cimmerianrose
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   Posted 6/11/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to thank those of you that blogged suggestions. I wish I had looked for something like this years ago. I have had a colostomy since 1988 and have always been embarrassed by the odor problem. I found this site last night and read how a number of you have used tic tacs for odor. I didn't have any, but I did have Ice Breakers and thought, if tic tacs work....maybe....so I tried last night and today. You guys are awesome! I have never felt so free! It works and I have all of you to thank! I can now go to the bathroom in public again without worrying about whether anyone else is in the bathroom with me!

Thank you guys!

yanger
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   Posted 6/28/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm a newcomer (29 years young) and stuck with a ostomy/stoma for 6 months due to diverticulitis. I've been having problems with odor slightly leaking out somewhere (i could never find where it leaks out, I use the pouch with folded end that can remove the output..) after reading here, do you guys think it would be wise to use the mint trick?

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/28/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yanger~welcome to the forum!

Personally, M9 drops are more effective for me than the mint trick. Some use peroxide, too, and get results.

You might want to post a new topic so that you'll get more responses. Sometimes questions get lost on older threads.
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


peanut 1
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   Posted 8/30/2011 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am peanut I am new to this site I have a colostomy and I read that you can use a tic tac in your bag can someone please tell me if I could still use my odor eliminator drops too Thank you peanut :-) :-)
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