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One of the biggest concerns for ostomates is managing unpleasant odors, especially when out in public. Typically, modern ostomy bags are made with odor-barrier films. Once they are sealed, they should not emit anything unpleasant unless there is a leak. You would only notice malodor when changing or emptying the pouch. Fortunately, this is manageable with a few lifestyle changes and using ostomy odor control products.
Unfortunately, ostomy pouches can produce embarrassing smells that often come from gases generated by urine and feces. Covering them with masking agents like perfumes pollutes the air with chemicals, making the situation even worse. An ideal odor eliminator should neutralize and eliminate any bad scents from the air, not just mask them. Additionally, it can give you peace of mind and confidence to go about your day. Ostomy odor eliminators are available in the following forms -
Also known as a room deodorizer, this product is sprayed in the air to eliminate the smell that accompanies changing or draining the ostomy pouch. These sprays have ingredients to neutralize and eliminate odors, not simply mask them, and keep the air smelling fresh. Remember not to spray them directly into your pouch. Room deodorizers are a great option both at home and out in public.
A few deodorizers drops in your ostomy pouch every time you change or empty the bag before reattaching the appliance will do the trick! Neutralizing agents go to work as soon as waste starts to fill the pouch. While some are scented, others are designed to eliminate odor-causing bacteria.
Some ostomy deodorants have a lubricating effect that helps smooth the pouch surface for easy draining and minimize pancaking.
Internal deodorant capsules like Devrom can be taken orally to neutralize flatulence or stool smell. They are effective, fast-acting, and considered safe. An easy and inexpensive remedy for nasty intestinal gas.
These disposable, self-adhering charcoal filters are attached to the outside of the pouch to neutralize gas and trap any unpleasant emissions. Some ostomy bags are designed with filters already in the appliance.
Get rid of bad smells quickly and efficiently with this spray which neutralizes odors right at their source rather than covering them up. Available in an easy-to-use pump spray container, this is an ideal product for homes with individuals living with an ostomy. The compact design fits easily in a small bag to carry along when going out.
Designed to eliminate unpleasant scents from various sources, such as urine, feces, vomit, food, smoke, and other common household and healthcare facility odors. Formulated to bond with bad molecules and neutralize them, this odor eliminator does not mask foul smells with chemical fragrances.
Gives peace of mind by fighting odors. This deodorant is also a pouch lubricant and is designed for use inside the ostomy pouch. Specially formulated to neutralize gas and allow output to slide to the bottom of the bag for easier emptying.
A proven odor-neutralizer and lubricant that keeps the pouch interior clean and offers a new level of confidence and security. This deodorant is formulated to be added to the inside of a fresh ostomy pouch before being worn to stop odors before they start.
Effectively manages and contains unwelcome scents within the ostomy bag without using fragrance or harsh chemicals. In addition, the bottle is designed with a flip-top cap, allowing easy dispensing when adding drops inside the ostomy pouch.
The thought of foul ostomy odor can cause anxiety in many ostomates. But do not let this deter you from leading a normal life. Apart from using odor eliminators, you can follow these tips to put that worry out of your mind.
To keep the annoying smells under control, it is recommended to empty the bag when it is between one-third to one-half full. If you wait until it is completely full, it will likely emit odors or dislodge due to the weight of the output, resulting in a leak.
How often you need to empty the pouch depends on the type and location of the stoma. Consult your doctor or nurse and follow their recommendations for your pouch.
What you consume can affect the output odor. Foods high in soluble fiber and sugars often cause increased gas inside the ostomy bag. Since everyone’s body reacts differently, keep track of what you consume and the effect it has.
Some foods and drinks that produce smelly stools and gas include fish, eggs, cabbage, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, asparagus, apples, nuts, dairy products, beer, soda, alcohol, etc. This does not mean you should avoid them altogether. Simply reducing the intake of these foods when out in public or using odor eliminators will help.
An ostomy appliance that adheres snugly around the stoma reduces the chance of a leak that produces a nasty smell. Find a pouch that conforms to your body. If you have trouble getting the right fit, work with your ostomy nurse to find what works best for you.
HPFY offers a complete line of ostomy products and accessories to suit your needs, including odor eliminators, ostomy bags, skin barriers, ostomy belts, adhesive removers, and more. Reduce anxiety and gain peace or mind; shop today to reduce ostomy odors.
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Sailaxmi Chennuru, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2017. A business management graduate, the study of anatomy has always been of interest to her.
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