New ostomy-need help with odor management

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RoastedRedPeppers
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   Posted 1/11/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.
I am a new member to healing well and just had ileostomy surgery two weeks ago. I have had Crohn's disease for 18 years and have tried every med in the book. I reached a point where I had no choice but surgery, so here I am. I am adjusting to the bag as well as I could, I guess, but need help. The contents of the ostomy smells SO BAD when I am emptying it, the odor engulfs the house. I read on the site that some people have used tic tacs, which I am going to try, but I see there are many different types of odor eliminators online and wasn't sure if any work better than others? There are tablets, drops, sprays, everything! I would appreciate any help you can offer me!
Thank you in advance.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/11/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum RoastedRedPeppers~you've found a great forum!

Since your surgery was only two weeks ago, things are still stinky, but hand in there it will get better! In the mean time, you could try M9 Drops...I've found that they can cancel out just about any smell skull (You can order them from your supply company)

Other things to try are Peroxide and Mouth Wash. I've tried most of them and don't really bother with concealing the smell in the ostomy pouch but do spray a deodorizing spray into the toilet BEFORE I empty to help with the smell if I've eaten a smelly food.

Once you get back to eating more diverse foods you'll find the awful smell will subside smilewinkgrin

flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/11/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum. I agree that Hollister's M9 drops are the best at controlling odor, but you can also use hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


badbaggirl
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   Posted 1/11/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hydrogen peroxide NEVER worked for me. Nor mouth wash. It just smelled minty-stinky. M-9 drops work great. I use a little more than the suggested 'drops' but I wouldn't use ANYTHING else. My insurance covers it wonderfully. Hope yours does too. Good luck...
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/11/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah m9 are great. And like they said, after a few weeks the smell wont be nearly as bad.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


Trigirl
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   Posted 1/12/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Ditto to the above. I like M9 drops. what you eat matters too. Spray after and the vent on makes my husband happy.
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
Trying


RoastedRedPeppers
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   Posted 1/13/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for all your replies. How do you use the peroxide? Do you put some in the bag and leave it there (doesn't that cause the bag to blow up?) or do you rinse with it? With the mouthwash, do you put that in and leave that in the bag?

badbaggirl
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   Posted 1/13/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You use all of these products by putting drops right in the pouch and leaving it in there ....
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


SocalJohn
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   Posted 1/13/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My vote is for Hollister M9 as well. It really does work, and is pretty inexpensive. Plus usually insurance covers it.

vette guy
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   Posted 1/14/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
flchurchlady said...
Welcome to the forum. I agree that Hollister's M9 drops are the best at controlling odor, but you can also use hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash.

I couldn't agree more!!!  I used M9 drops for about 15 years.  In fact, the price of them tripled as their popularity grew.  But, someone on this forum mentioned mouthwash, the yellow kind, and I've saved a fortune over the last few years.  I've also tried peroxide (thanks Shaz) for a while also, but I settled with the mouthwash.

Post Edited (vette guy) : 1/14/2010 5:19:51 AM (GMT-7)


RoastedRedPeppers
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   Posted 1/17/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you everyone, you all are great!!
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