The filters are designed to let excess gas out of the bag (without the odour). For ileostomates, they work well for the first few hours! The big problem being that if your output is liquid, as in an ileostomy (and some colostomies), the output tends to clog up the filter after the first night (while you're lieing down - or sometimes even sooner) rendering the filter useless!
They're not a hassle at all, they just don't work after they get clogged lol They make no difference whatsoever to weartime, etc
They tend to work better for colostomates whose output isn't as watery.
The little stickers that come with it are supposed to be used during showers, swimming etc. You're supposed to put them over the filter hole so it doesn't get wet, and thus, clogged up.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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