Ballooning occurs when gas expelled through the colon collects inside the bag causing it to inflate. Most bags have a filter which allows this gas to escape. Occasionally the filter will block and the bag needs to be changed. If this happens to you regularly, it may be worth trying a different bag. When in the bath, shower, or swimming ensure the filter does not get wet and become ineffective; you can cover it with a sticky patch supplied in your box of stoma bags.

If you would like to discuss ballooning with one of our volunteers please call our helpline on 0800 328 4257


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