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How to control pouch odour

Many ostomates worry about odour problems, but these days, there are many stoma care products, which will help with this concern.

Odour control

Almost all the ostomy pouching systems available today are odour-proof with a filter incorporated into the pouch. Proper appliance application is critical to avoid odour-causing leaks. Therefore, if an ostomate does have a fecal or urinary odor about them, you may need to: Check out the application of the pouching system to the body. Is it leaking? Check out the closure of the pouching system—is it closed properly so that no fecal matter is leaking out after the closure? If you do experience odour when you are not changing the pouch, then this could indicate pouch leakage. If this is the case then change your pouch immediately.

Below are some tips to eliminate odours:

If applied correctly then you should not experience any odour until you come to empty your pouch.

Certain foods can cause increased odour:

  • Eggs
  • Baked beans
  • Spicy foods
  • Onions and garlic
  • Fish
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli and brussel sprouts
  • Some cheeses..

Foods that might help to solve this problem:

  • Yoghurt
  • Peppermint tea
  • Buttermilk
  • Parsley.

 Clean the outlet of your drainable pouch

Emptying regularly is important but just as important to odour control is wiping out the inside of the outlet tab before you refold and fasten.


You can spray room deodorant in the bathroom if you dislike the smell after you have emptied your appliance. Candles and incense can work well too.

If your appliance is fitting you well, you’re not getting leaks and nobody else can smell anything but you still don’t think it smells right, changing the pouch more frequently often helps.