One of the biggest worries for people who have recently had ostomy surgery is what other people will think.
“Can they smell anything from my pouch?”
“Do they notice my pouch?”
“Who should I tell about my ostomy surgery?”
Most people’s reactions will reflect your own attitude. If you are straightforward and confident about your situation, people will respect that and respond positively.
Time to Get Over the Odor
You will become more comfortable with your ostomy pouch over time, and will gain confidence in its ability to retain odors. Here are a few tips to help reduce gas and odor, and lead to increased confidence:
Make sure your pouch is secure.
Odor can occur when there’s a loss of seal at the stoma site or if the tail closure is not clean.
Sensi-Care® String Free Skin Barrier Wipes create a breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage caused by pouch application. This can help secure the barrier around your stoma.*
*Consult Sensi-Care Sting Free Barrier Wipes Instructions-for-Use prior to use.
Some food and drinks can help reduce odor, including:
Use odor-control sachets
If you have an ileostomy with liquid output, this product will solidify liquid contents and reduce or eliminate excess gas, which may also lead to a flatter, more discreet pouch.
Eakin Cohesive® Seals can be molded to a variety of shapes to help prevent leakage around the stoma by acting as filler for uneven skin surfaces. This will help you feel more confident that pouch odors are under control.
Our expert team of me+™ ostomy nurses and product specialists is only a phone call away.
Call: 1-800-422-8811 (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-7:00pm ET)