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How can I reduce odor if I have fecal incontinence?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Minimizing the odor of stool can make leakage caused by fecal incontinence less noticeable to others. Dietary changes can help by eliminating foods that commonly increase stool odor. Such foods include fish, eggs, asparagus, garlic, cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower), onions, beans, and turnips.

Odor can also be reduced by taking an internal deodorant containing chlorophyllin copper (such as Nullo) or bismuth subgallate (such as Devrom). Both are available without prescription. However, chlorophyllin may color your urine and stool green. This creates the possibility of "grass-stained" clothing if an accident occurs. If cramping or diarrhea occurs when taking chlorophyllin, reduce the dose. If symptoms continue, stop taking it.

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