Stoma Bag Smell: suggestions needed

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   Posted 11/23/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have finally undegone first step of J-POUCH surgery and i am so happy to have
done it after 6 years of suffering from UC.
Now i am adapting to the ileostomy and stoma bag. However, i need suggestions with how
to manage the smell when i change the bag. I have heard that there are pills
that u can put in the bag. Do they work? What are they? Do i need prescription for these pills.
Undergone 1st step of J-pouch

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   Posted 11/23/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Some people use a little bit of mouthwash or Hydrogen Peroxide. The tablets make the liquid turn to gel. I don't know if they actually take the smell away. All the main ostomy companies put out a deodorizer. Hollister makes a clear liquid lubricant that is also a doedorizer. I've used it - works pretty well. The Hydrogen Peroxide would be the cheapest route to go, however.

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   Posted 11/23/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
the gel tabs help with the smell some, but they make the stuff pretty hard to get out. I use them when i go out only, because they make it thicker and its easier to move it around in the bag so you can hide it better. That will makesense after you have had the bag a while,lol.
I don't know how long it's beensince you had surgery but the first couple of weeks it smells somuch worse than it will after you have had it for a while. But like Ohio said some people use mouthwash or peroxide. i did use mouthwash, but i don't really worry too much about it now.
Although i did get one of those tiny little bottles of sweet breath, and put a few drops of that in there, and that worked better than a cap of mouthwash. I think it must be stronger or something.
You can get the gel tabs from the company you get your supplies for, the ones i use are called gel-x. You know what a diaper looks like inside? that's what it makes the poo look like, cause it's basically silica gel in a tablet form.

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   Posted 11/23/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a couple of teaspoons of mouthwash. It works well for me.  The only time I find there is really an odor is at nighttime when I haven't emptied and rinsed the bag for several hours.  Or if I ate something that smells the other night I had salmon.>>>YUKKKK tongue

Miss UK
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   Posted 11/23/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I'm new to this too but I remember the first while it stunk so bad it made me want to be sick but it definately dies down after a while and becomes quite bearable.  I've taken tips from here like eating jelly babies and marshmallows yummy smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 11/23/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Mouthwash works great for me, and I like that it's inexpensive. wink
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

vette guy
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   Posted 11/23/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
flchurchlady said...
Mouthwash works great for me, and I like that it's inexpensive. wink

Same here. I buy the generic Lysterine by the jug, and it's still way cheaper than M9 Drops.

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   Posted 11/24/2008 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
You can put a tic-tac in the bag, too. I find that eating yogurt helps some. Some food just make things smelly,like onions and fish. Moonshine, at least you will not have to put up with this too long if you are going for the j-pouch.

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   Posted 11/24/2008 2:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your suggestions. I will start off with mouthwash. It sounds that it has worked for most of you.
Yep Nene205, u r right, im going for j-pouch in january so i dont have to put up with it for too long.

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   Posted 11/24/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been using M-9 by Hollister for more than two years.  It is expensive but renders all your imput odorless.


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   Posted 12/21/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
There is ostomy bag deoderizer one is called bannish and the other is called m9 by hollister. Both are good the m9 is cheaper. It should be covered by your insurance also. I also use liquid soap when I empty and rinse my bag out at home.
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