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Feeling of discomfort during removal or emptying of bag because of odour

You may be bothered by odour when changing or emptying your bag, not least when you are away from home. Some may also fear a noticeable odour in their everyday life. A few drops of deodorant in the bag can help reduce the odour. See below for recommendations.


Brava® Lubricating Deodorant Brava® Lubricating Deodorant

Masking odour and lubricates the pouch

The Brava® Lubricating Deodorant masks odour and ensures content is always at the bottom of the bag and not around your stoma. It also makes the bag easier to empty.


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The Brava Lubricating Deodorant is used in the ostomy bag and comes in a 240ml bottle or an easy single-use sachet. The sachet is convenient to use when outside of your home or travelling.

IMPORTANT! If you have any concerns – such as skin problems or how to use new products – you should always consult your Stoma Therapy Nurse.

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  • Try asking a trusted relative or friend to be honest and tell you if they can notice any odour. 
  • A household air freshener sprayed out into the room can help mask the smell when changing the bag.
  • Try changing the bag more frequently (the filter might be contaminated by output, or the foil might be worn out).
  • Make sure the outlet is cleaned properly upon emptying (if using drainable bags).
  • Try another type of pouch with another type of filter (SenSura Mio for instance).
  • Avoiding foods that intensify odour can be helpful (fish, eggs and leafy vegetables for example).  For those with a urostomy, asparagus can intensify the smell of urine.
  • Use a filter cover (the little stickers that come in the box with your bags) when your pouch gets wet.
  • Odour in your everyday life may be caused by inappropriate product choice or application. A review of your stoma and body profile can help you check if this is the case. Consider taking the BodyCheck to ensure you are using the right appliance or use our Apply-Check-Remove (ARC) tool to check that you are following the right application routine.

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