I've had an ileostomy since the first of the year (2023). My entire colon was removed, but I still have the rectum and am hoping for a reversal this fall. But, my question is not related to that. While reading posts on this site, one subject keeps coming up again and again and it is something I do not understand. That is ostomy bag odors and what to do about them. I really do not understand this. Maybe I am nose blind and I understand that my 75 year old olfactory senses are not what they used to be. But, I do not see a problem with strong odors from my ileostomy. The odors from my bowel movements in the years prior to my colectomy were so much worse. Every year, I visit a friend of mine in Missouri. She has always made sure there were plenty of candles available and the fan was in working order. Largely because the guest bathroom is also the laundry room. I was perfectly aware of the stench and did what I could to mitigate it. I haven't visited since my surgery, but I do not see that as a problem any longer.
My question is, why do so many people have odor problems with an ileostomy? I can understand maybe problems with colostomy, as the colon is still somewhat in play. But, the only time I have any problem with odor is when I change the appliance and not when I empty the bag. Could this be because I do two flushes of the bag with 120 ml of water each time? I eat a lot of things that are supposed to produce odor. Baked beans, eggs, fish, garlic, onions, peanut butter, and cheese are all part of my diet.
I am not saying that my shit don't stink. But, it doesn't stink near what it did before I was gutted. :-) Am I just nose blind or somehow different from other people?