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How Do You Handle Leaks and Odors?

Unfortunate as they may be, leaky tubes, leaky ostomies and incontinence ‘accidents,’ are a common occurrence for people with chronic gastrointestinal disorders and those on tube feedings. Even without an actual leak, many consumers find they emit strong odors at times which can be uncomfortable for the consumer and the people around them. How do you get over these incidents graciously, minimizing your embarrassment, and hopefully avoiding a ‘scene?’ Please send your comments to the Lifeline editor, Lisa Metzger.

—Kathleen McInnes
Chicago, Illinois


Two Ideas for Ostomy Odor Control

I read the letter from Kathleen McInnes regarding odor control in the September/October LifelineLetter. When I had an ostomy, chlorophyll tablets placed directly into the ostomy bag worked fairly well. There are chlorophyll tablets that can be taken orally to reduce effluent odor also. I purchased these at GNC Nutrition Centers. (Editor’s note: you can take some chlorophyll tablets orally, but you must read the directions to make sure they are an oral preparation. Also, be forewarned, the tablets may turn your tongue green.)

Alan Segal
3799 S. Clayton Rd.,
Farmersville, OH 45325
(937) 696-9305
asegal@hotmail.com

 

There is a liquid deodorant which can be added to the ostomy bag called “M9” which is made by Hollister. Our ET nurses recommend it as an effective option for odor control.

Laura Matarese, MS, RD, CNSD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

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This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.

 

Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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