Odor coming from wafer...

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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good day ladies and gents, I'm a 9 week old colostomy patient, with a 5 month reversal on schedule. The surgeon released me back to work 2 weeks ago. The first week back to work, everything seemed quite fine. My routine is to replace my wafer+bag every 4 to 5 days... well, oddly, around the 3rd day, I noticed that there was an odor... thinking it was a leak somewhere in the bag, i searched, and searched, and found this. This was quite useful, but the odor depended on how much clothing I had. After a few days, I then figured out where the smell was coming from - the wafer's tape that seals on the skin. Now the obvious remedy was to replace it, but being only 2 days in, I feel the wafer's life wasn't well lasted... now my main question is... if there's a remedy to the odor, any way I can stop it from having this odd odor?

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   Posted 6/30/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
The wafer tape really shouldn't smell. If the wafer smells it is most likely from a break in the seal around your stoma or a 'mishap'.

My first guess would be that your pouch is the culprit. Does your pouch have a filter? That would be the first place I'd look and the other would be the tail end. No matter how crazy we are about cleaning the tail a little can get on the velcro or even on the cover to cause smell. Filters don't last very long and they fail as they get wet. Unfortunately, ileostomies produce a lot of liquid and when we lay down to sleep it breaks down the filter.

I change my pouch more frequently than my wafer. I think some on the forum change the pouch on day 3, their mid point for wafer wear, because they deteriorate faster.
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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