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Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:07 pm
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Is it commond for gas to escape for my ostomy bag when I cough and at times just moving around , it is very embarrising to stink the area I'm in when I bend over or cough . what can be done to avold this from happening 

Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:26 pm

What bag are you using? My Hollister bags do not do that. They have a filter which works for a bit, then my bag just balloons. If I had escapng gas my seal would be done.

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Mon Feb 28, 2022 6:22 pm


xnine wrote:

What bag are you using? My Hollister bags do not do that. They have a filter which works for a bit, then my bag just balloons. If I had escapng gas my seal would be done.

I get my supplies from the Va and they give me convatec supplies . I have looked for leakage but can't find any . I even push on the bag when it does have gas in it and I cant seen to make it leak any gas . it seems to happen when I cough or move around sometimes . can I ask how often you change your entire wafer and bag ?

Mon Feb 28, 2022 7:57 pm

I use a two peice system coloplast mio system. The wafer is changed once a week but the bag is 3-4 days depending if the charcoal filter gets wet. Also the bag will break down over time from the output wearing through the plastic. 

Check if there is a filter in the bag near the top, if the charcoal filter gets wet it will allow smells to get out. If a quick movement or cough causing your stomach to flex allows gas to escape, you might be having a issue of it not sealed to the skin properly.

A rare problem that I have had once was a manufacturer defect where the skin seal material and the harder plastic part on the two peice separated but would not show unless you look at it closely using a mirror to find the separation. 

During the winter time warm up the adhesive before you apply it. Sometimes if it is to cold the adhesive will not bond as good as it is designed.

Hope some of this helps.

Mon Feb 28, 2022 9:05 pm


georgekepner wrote:

I get my supplies from the Va and they give me convatec supplies . I have looked for leakage but can't find any . I even push on the bag when it does have gas in it and I cant seen to make it leak ...

Bag once or twice a day. My entire kit lately 15 days plus. I have switched to Salts rings and gone to 20 days. But I have not had what you are talking about.

Mon Feb 28, 2022 9:13 pm


Longroad78 wrote:

I use a two peice system coloplast mio system. The wafer is changed once a week but the bag is 3-4 days depending if the charcoal filter gets wet. Also the bag will break down over time from the ou...

thank you , I believe this maybe helpful as I change my wafer and bag at the same time after about 7-10 days . as you say the bag maybe getting saturated allowing gas to escape . Iam going to try changing my bag more often like you saw every 3-4 days . also if I could help anyone I have been told to put white rice into a  sock warm it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds or unil its warm put that sock around the wafer and the heat from the sock full of rice will warm up the adheasive of the wafer and make it stick better . I also use Hy- tape on the edges of the wafer seal that helps a lot 

Mon Feb 28, 2022 9:19 pm


xnine wrote:

Bag once or twice a day. My entire kit lately 15 days plus. I have switched to Salts rings and gone to 20 days. But I have not had what you are talking about.

thank you for responding , I feel that my mistake is that the bag lasted as long as the wafer did . I'm finding out that is wrong . going to change the bag more often .

Sat Mar 05, 2022 11:00 pm

Hi George. Did you try bags so without a filter! I also use Convatec but I find the filter bags not so good. They do let out gas even if you put the sticker over it. I also find that moisture builds up at the filter and could wet your clothes. I use non filter bags. I don't feel my poop stinks through it unless I eat something like seafood or have bile that did it. I simply change to a new pouch. Mike

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