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I recently had a new J-tube placed. It is the kind that is just popped into the opening and held in place by a balloon. It is working just fine for me, but unfortunately it puts off a terrible odor.
Do you have any suggestions as to what I could do to reduce this horrible smell? Some days it seems to be worse than others, not sure why. Maybe it’s just that I’m more distracted and just don’t notice the scent.
Oley’s Medical and Research Director thought the odor is likely stemming from residual formula and/or medications stuck to the inside wall of her tube. We recommend cleaning the residuals out of the tube by squeezing it between two fingers and running them along the length of the tube from the site to the end; disposing of the gunk that comes out, then flushing with water. A similar technique is to place the tube on a table and run a flat, blunt object along the tube to squeeze out the residuals.