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Sat Dec 18, 2021 6:18 pm
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Hi everyone! I have a question hopefully someone can help me.  I use a hollister bag with a filter. This maybe TMI but even after I empty my bag I feel like I still smell like poop.  I use deodorant in my bag and I've tried 3 different kinds. Is there a bag out there that covers the odor? 

Sat Dec 18, 2021 7:27 pm

Are you sure it's from the bag and not a slight leak under the bag(between your bag and skin)? I use a Hollister bag with filter also and I have basically come to the conclusion that the filters are pretty worthless for the most part. They work ok with a fresh bag but that's about it. The only time I can smell anything is if a little output gets under my barrier ring and I know that my filter isn't working cause of being clogged with output and soaked with water from showering. I just brought this up with my ostomy nurse yesterday and she remeasured my stoma and I found out that I need to cut my bag opening a little bigger as my stoma isn't perfectly round and I had the barrier ring on an edge of my stoma and it wasn't sticking very well. 

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Sat Dec 18, 2021 7:32 pm

I should add that I always use toilet paper to clean the bag opening and then I use a flushable wet wipe to make sure I got everything before closing the bag. I'm pretty OCD about having the bag opening really clean.

Sat Dec 18, 2021 7:42 pm


AlexT wrote:

Are you sure it's from the bag and not a slight leak under the bag(between your bag and skin)? I use a Hollister bag with filter also and I have basically come to the conclusion that the filters ar...

Thank you Alex for writing back. It's not leaking and I don't shower with my bag I use a cap cover. My husband thinks it's just me. He cant smell anything. And I'm with you FILTERS DON'T WORK! LOL! I don't know it's not all the time, just some days that I feel I can smell it. I will make sure that it's not leaking and that my wafer is really stuck.  Have a great afternoon 

Sat Dec 18, 2021 10:53 pm

I found that sometime once the filter shows any signs it is wet that your on borrowed time because it will allow smell to get through. To buy a little time is to put a peice of tape on it to keep the failing filter from letting any smells getting past until I can change the bag out, I use the 2 peice system from coloplast. 

Sun Dec 19, 2021 1:07 am


AlexT wrote:

I should add that I always use toilet paper to clean the bag opening and then I use a flushable wet wipe to make sure I got everything before closing the bag. I'm pretty OCD about having the bag op...

I am so OCD with mine too. I do the same as you plus I have bag liners.

Sun Dec 19, 2021 1:08 am


Pocahontas wrote:

I am so OCD with mine too. I do the same as you plus I have bag liners.

I also have a bottle you can get at Amazon that I use to rinse my bag out really well after every empty. The bottle is such an awesome item. 

Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:46 pm

I avoid using a pouch with a filter and I use m-49 drops. Have been using them for years and they work great.

Mon Dec 20, 2021 4:05 pm

i have a bag with a filter and i agree that it is not very good ( platinum pouch) i usually put a seal over the filter before fitting it , mainly to prevent pancaking . when the pouch baloons i undo the pouch at the bottom and let out the excess wind , usually in the garage or in the back garden if itis dark , do not want to smell the bathroom out. i also use a odour preventer na-scent which is not 100% effective. the hollister odour preventer is quite expensive in the uk i think. you are on top of your pouch so will be aware of odour other people won't be aware of. good luck. patrick

9platinum)

Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:22 pm


Longroad78 wrote:

I found that sometime once the filter shows any signs it is wet that your on borrowed time because it will allow smell to get through. To buy a little time is to put a peice of tape on it to keep t...

I use the 2 piece from hollister. I have never thought about putting tape over the filter. Thank you I will try it.  

Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:25 pm


patrickrichardson1946 wrote:

i have a bag with a filter and i agree that it is not very good ( platinum pouch) i usually put a seal over the filter before fitting it , mainly to prevent pancaking . when the pouch baloons i und...

Thank you for responding to me. Which hollister odor product do you use? 

Fri Dec 24, 2021 6:35 am


Pocahontas wrote:

Thank you for responding to me. Which hollister odor product do you use? 

 i have used M9 but as i said it is i think fairly cheap in the USA but more expensive in the UK. best wishs.

Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:44 am


Pocahontas wrote:

Thank you Alex for writing back. It's not leaking and I don't shower with my bag I use a cap cover. My husband thinks it's just me. He cant smell anything. And I'm with you FILTERS DON'T WORK! LOL!...

Hi I'm guessing you use a two piece bag which I tried a couple of years ago as my older brother was using them with his ileostomy bag so I thought I would try as quicker & easier to change & even better if Drainable? I tried them for a week or so but did not like the fact that you did get a after smell of poop now & then & found cleaning the base plate flange tedious & could never get the seal ring 100% spotlessly clean even thou it looked & yes I'm ocd when coming to cleanliness & washing etc so ended up going back to Drainable bags & chaned them every other day in tandem with my other Urostomy stoma bag so showered every other day too. Bests pouches I ever found that were Bullitt proof were by the oldest ostomy company in the UK called "SALTS" the pouch is called BE Confidence with a flange of 75mm I rarely had a leak with these bags even in your sleep if you rolled on that side! I had to change to a bigger bag as my stoma prolapsed outside my abdomin & took up half the volume of the pouch so I use Dansac Nova Easifold 90mm flange & bigger volume bag 350ml I think so can fit my prolapsed stoma & output! I know they are owned by Holister so should be able to source them in US?code is 815-15 also another great gripper of a pouch is another UK company called "OAKMED" they are excellent pouches that stick well with great grab factor that gives you the confidence to go anywhere anytime like the Martini girl! I use Holister 59902 pouches for my Urostomy & found they are great too with the Coloplast bra a tape extenders.

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