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Why Does My Stoma Bag Keep Blowing Up?

Posted by MeetAnOstoMate
A stoma bag may blow up or inflate due to the buildup of gas in the bag. This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as the type of food you eat, the way you eat it, and your digestive system's efficiency in breaking down food.

Some possible reasons why your stoma bag keeps blowing up are:

·        Diet: Certain foods can cause excessive gas production in the digestive system, leading to more gas being released through the stoma. Foods high in fiber, such as beans, lentils, and vegetables, are common culprits. Additionally, carbonated drinks, chewing gum, and smoking can also contribute to increased gas production.

·        Digestive issues: If you have a condition like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may be more prone to excessive gas production. These conditions can cause inflammation and irritation in the digestive system, leading to changes in the way food is processed and digested.

·        Incorrect bag size or fit: If your stoma bag is not the correct size or is not fitted properly, it may not be able to effectively capture and contain the output from your stoma. This can cause leaks or blowouts, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.

·        Dehydration: If you're not drinking enough fluids, your digestive system may not be able to effectively break down and digest food, leading to increased gas production.

If your stoma bag is repeatedly blowing up, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider or a stoma care nurse. They can help you troubleshoot the issue and recommend strategies to help manage excessive gas production, such as dietary changes, medication adjustments, or changes to your stoma bag system.

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