The last thing that any of us want is to go throughout our day smelling awful; unfortunately, it is a lot harder to do this successfully if you happen to wear an ostomy pouch. Smelling bad is the bane of our existence for any of us that have to wear ostomy pouches. If you have to wear it throughout your day on a regular basis, then you know exactly what I am talking about. However, thankful the gods gave us something to try to mask the smell of are undeniable ostomy scented shame. That’s right – the world of medicinal intervention and medical inventions has brought us one of the most life giving products in the ostomy world in the form of deodorizing drops and tablets that can mask or hide the smell of an ostomy pouch from anyone that may be unfortunate to smell it in the first place. Don’t believe me? Well I am about to blow your mind with some of these facts about ostomy deodorizers then. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this article that I am writing about ostomy related subjects. PErsonally, I am really tired of writing these articles and my brain needs a break. This is like the 19th one that I am writing. However, once I finish this article I will only have one more and then I can be done for the day.
The first tip that I can give you for managing the odor created by your ostomy pouch is to carefully watch the food that you are eating. Believe it or not, some foods can smell a lot worse than others when they are making their way out of your stoma and into your ostomy pouch. Knowing which foods tend to create that undeniable smell of death in your ostomy pouch can make the difference between you losing friends due to smelling so bad. Some foods contain more levels of sugar, fiber, and fat than others – these are all things that can lead to gas and cause a lot of stinky problems for those of us with an ostomy pouch. Gauging how different foods affect your ostomy in this way can be helpful in avoiding smelling really badly.
The next best way to avoid your ostomy pouch odor is to regularly empty your ostomy pouch whenever possible. Some people are disgusting and will just let their ostomy pouch fill up to the very brim of possibility, making it a hazard for anyone with a nose to get within even 50 feet from them. If this is the case, you definitely need to work on your ostomy hygiene and become better at emptying your pouch on the regular.
When your ostomy pouch gets filled up, it is easier for pressure to build and for gas to escape through the skin barrier and all that. This leads to everyone around you being able to smell the inside of your body in the form of gas; that is disgusting, and you should be ashamed of yourself for that. It can also really be beneficial to consider using a deodorizing product for your ostomy pouch. Simply put some sort of drops, tablets, or oil into your ostomy pouch between changes to make things go a lot smoother down the road as far as odor goes.