Foamy output: Anyone else experience this?

Sep 09, 2022 3:36 am

I have a question 2 years in the making. I have had my ileostomy for 2 years, and I get foamy output on occasion. I haven't been able to get a suitable answer from many people and websites. Does anyone else here get the same thing as me? The output makes a bubbling sound as it comes out, and it's just foamy. It doesn't hurt or cause any problems; it just happens. Wondering, curious for a couple of years now......

Sep 09, 2022 3:40 am

I'm not sure about foamy but mine will sometimes create bubbles when I lightly pass gas, not that I sit and watch it but have noticed it when I'm changing my bag. Your intestines have quite a bit of fluid in some form or another in them. So, air and fluidy stuff creates bubbles which I guess could be like foam. &zwj

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Sep 09, 2022 3:48 am

For me, it's if I haven't eaten much in an unusually long period and it seems to be encouraged if I drink something with artificial sweetener too. Particularly for me, it seemed it was Lipton Diet Citrus Green Tea on a really empty stomach.

Sep 09, 2022 4:21 am

Hi Jalrein,

Well... maybe you should use a little less Dawn when you wash your dinnerware and utensils! Ok, seriously, foam isn't all that unusual. It usually happens when your bowels are empty and your bile is becoming aerated a bit. I get it often because I'm short-gutted and my bowels get empty pretty quickly. Just don't swallow your bubblegum... or you'll be blowing bubbles in your bag! Ahh, the joys of being an ostomate!!! Gotta love it!


Sep 09, 2022 5:47 am
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Sep 09, 2022 8:10 am

I don't eat after 5 PM the day before I change.  Then, the next morning, emptying just prior to changing, I see foamy or bubbly output, which tells me I'll likely be able to change without having to deal with output during the change.  I deduce that it is from the time elapse that has allowed my system to empty out.

Sep 09, 2022 6:54 pm

Yes, occasionally I get milkshake-type output. I have a colostomy. I do not keep a food diary so I do not know what is going on. My bag is full and not too heavy so I think it is just gas, but no, it is pressurized poop and can explode.

Sep 09, 2022 9:10 pm

I've always just assumed it's gas bubbles. I get it often, and it's often noisy when it's coming out, but not always.


Homie With A Stomie NS
Sep 10, 2022 12:31 am

Howdy fellow ileostomy mate and yep, it happens to me...sometimes depending on what I drink, for example soda or pop, dairy products, etc. Anything gassy or bubbly and how many in the day. Certain foods, especially gassy foods, does it for me....neither does it constantly. It's my stumpy, it has a mind of its own lol....fear not, it's just our accessory saying here have some gassy little air bubbles that get pushed through before there's any digested food there or your tummy is just upset. I take a pepto if it's an all-day thing....It's completely normal and nothing to be concerned about... If it is consistent, you may want to call your doc or ostomy nurse and inquire...

Stay strong and carry on

Your Homie With A Stoie


Sep 10, 2022 1:53 pm

Milk makes mine foamy