Managing Stoma Output: Odour

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Initial concerns about the impact of dietary choices on stoma output are common among new ostomates. The sounds, smells, and consistency of the stoma output can cause initial embarrassment. However, as your digestive system adapts, you will gain valuable insights into specific foods that can affect stool consistency, excessive gas production, and strong odours.

It's essential to note that a well-fitted stoma bag should not emit any smell, except during the changing process. If you detect an odour, it's crucial to check for potential leakage under the flange and promptly change the bag if needed.

While the impact of certain foods on odour varies among individuals, there are specific items that may contribute to increased odour in stoma output. Understanding these food choices can help you make informed decisions about your diet and maintain better odour control for a more confident and comfortable experience.

Food That May Cause Odour In Stoma Output

If You Have A Colostomy

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips

If You Have An Ileostomy

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Seafood
  • Turnips

If You Have A Urostomy

  • Asparagus
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Seafood
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Tips To Control Odour

It is normal for stoma output to smell but there are certain tips to follow which may help to reduce stoma output odour:

  • Drink buttermilk 
  • Eat yoghurt
  • Eat parsley 
  • Drop a few drops of peppermint oil into the ostomy bag
  • Put peppermint oil capsules into the ostomy bag

Whether you're a new ostomy patient or have been managing your condition for years, let us help you take control and get back to living the life you deserve. We have the expertise and experience to help you feel confident and comfortable with your ostomy care and needs. Contact us today to learn more!

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