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Ostomy And Smells

Posted by MeetAnOstoMate
An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the abdomen through which waste products can be eliminated from the body. The opening is called a stoma, and a bag or pouch is attached to collect the waste material. Depending on the location of the stoma, an ostomy can be classified as a colostomy (involving the colon), ileostomy (involving the small intestine), or urostomy (involving the urinary system).

One of the most common concerns for people with an ostomy is managing the smell of the waste material. The odor can be quite strong and unpleasant, especially for those who have just undergone the surgery and are still adjusting to the changes in their body. However, there are several ways to control the odor and make the experience more manageable:

1.      Use odor control products: There are a variety of products available, such as deodorizing sprays and drops, that can help mask the smell of the waste material.

2.      Empty the bag regularly: It's important to empty the bag as soon as it becomes full to prevent the odor from building up.

3.      Change the bag as needed: Over time, the bag may become worn or damaged, which can lead to leaks and increased odor. It's important to change the bag regularly to keep it in good condition.

4.      Be mindful of your diet: Some foods can cause stronger odors than others, so it's a good idea to avoid foods that are known to cause strong odors, such as onions and garlic.

5.      Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids can help dilute the waste material and reduce the odor.

It's also important to remember that having an ostomy is a normal part of many people's lives, and there's no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed about it. With the right care and management, most people with an ostomy are able to live full and active lives.

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