What Causes Breath To Smell Like Rotten Eggs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know why my daughter burps smell like rotten eggs?
    My daughter came home from school today with a stomach ache.And she burp in the car and it smell like rotten eggs.Is there a reason why they smell like this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be from the contents in her stomach! This can also cause bad breath too.

      The body does produce sulfur in the digestive/gastrointestinal tract. Sulfur smells just like rotten eggs. It could be a sign of an allergy to a certain type of food.

      Does she have any other side effects like stomach cramps, constipation, loose bowel movements, etc? I would go to a dr and have allergy tests down. I don't think it's anything to panic over but it's better to be safe than sorry.

      Best wishes to you and your little girl~~~ <3

  2. QUESTION:
    The water coming from my bathroom faucet smells bad?
    Just to clarify, it does NOT smell like rotten eggs. I know it's not sulfur or anything. I know that the smell is not coming from the drain because I can smell it on my hands. This sounds gross, but it kind of smells like morning breath? That's all I can think of that it smells like. At first I thought it was my toothbrush that smelled, but I got a new one and I still smelled the awful smell. What is causing this terrible smell, and what can I do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      try some drain cleaner and see if it removes it

      it could be mould or some bacteria that is giving of a bad odour, it depends on what stuff you have try to flush down your bathroom sink

  3. QUESTION:
    Extracted a tooth a week ago, I have a tiny pin hole in the extration area, when is the hole going away?
    I have no pain but, my breath is the worse then it's ever been and clearly the smell is stronger on that side of the mouth. I now brush my teeth as I did before the extraction. My other concern is the hole. Is it going to fill in? It's very tiny and clear it's very concerning how long should I wait before going to the dentist again.

    • ANSWER:
      I had 4 extactions 4 days ago. The instructions say that you will have bad breath while it's healing and to brush my tongue. If it is a dry socket, I heard that you will know it. Sucking in air will cause extreme pain. And having a bad, like rotten egg smell or taste is a big sign of infection. The hole should close up in a few months. If you are concern, book a follow to make sure it's healing properly. Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the risk of sulphur in a chemistry experiment?
    What are all the hazards associated with producing Sulphur in a chemistry experiment? Is it toxic? Do I need to wear goggles etc?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The only dangers I know of,and have suffered from,is that burnt sulphur as sulphur dioxide can cause serious illness in people with chest problems;for example asthma and bronchitis.Teachers should know if there are any pupils in class with such an illness.Severe shortness of breath maybe needing hospital treatment may result.
      As hydrogen sulphide sulphur gives a rotten egg stink,but as well as the stink it is a serious poison and those with poor sense of smell may get overexposed.Goggles wont help!

  5. QUESTION:
    If you snort opiates [such as percocets or heroin] is there a scent that will come from your nose?
    The one I love I believe is on drugs and he has this awful smell that comes from his nose..like rotten eggs, cheese. Almost like the smell when you open a pill bottle. PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      maybe it's his breath and not his nostrils. i'm not trying to be funny. dry mouth can cause a bad odor, too. ask them or confront them. i don't know anyone who's snorted percocet or heroin to know this for sure.

  6. QUESTION:
    What gives you that rotten egg breath?
    Especially when you haven't eaten eggs for a month?

    • ANSWER:
      You mean like that sulfur smell? ewww, I know what you mean. I had that a few years ago & it was awful. I got so sick that day puking. My Dr explained it as just chemical reactions in the body and mix that up with the acids in your stomach it can cause your body to release those chemical smells. lol..Dr said it was no worry. Probably was some of the medications I was on & just an upset stomach.
      Good luck to you.

      Also, I just googled burping up sulfur smell(because that is the smell of rotten eggs, it's a sulfur smell)...anyways, I was surprised to find a page with a lot of people having the same problems. You can see the various answers they recieved about them. I've included the link for you.
      Some say it's a digestion problem like GERDS, some say just eating too much junk, some say a bug, etc. So, read some of the comments.But just know you are not alone.

      One post I noted said this..which concerns me..SULFER BURPS ARE CAUSED BY THE PARASITE,GIARDIA.
      I had read that before also. Hmmm, so, that's one point. This person had said they were from India & so were familiar with this. says peopel out west can get this sometimes & I was living in Arizona at the time I got that. Plus I developed the fatigue after that. They say it can live inside you forever! Yikes, guess what I am doing Monday? Calling my Dr to have him test for parasites. I'm serious. Anyways..take care. Hope you feel better.

  7. QUESTION:
    What gives you "rotten fried egg" breath?
    Every once in a great while, I get a stomach ache and I burp. Its gross, but the burp smells like rotten eggs. I used to think it was diet, but I can't pinpoint anything I eat a lot of right before these episodes.

    • ANSWER:
      lol, it is because your stomach is soured. It has happened to me before too, take some pepto and it really will make it go away. I don't know what causes it but I wish I did cause I hate when it happens, it grosses me out!

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my breath smelling fresh all day with gum or mints ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Imma B..

      Be sure your gum doesn't contain sugar. Sugar - among other things - provides fuel for the bacteria that produce the volatile sulfur compounds that smell so bad, like rotten eggs. In addition, other bacteria can take the sugars and produce glycan strands, which in turn end up causing thick layers of plaque on your enamel and around your gums.

      Chewing the right gum really can keep your breath fresh. You're on the right track.

  9. QUESTION:
    there is anyone outthere who was exposed to chemical H2s?
    I was exposed to H2s about a week ago and I still have all the symthoms does anybody there had the same problems and if there lungs were damage and still have problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Good luck on getting over your symptoms. Your chemistry instructor should have warned you about this. I hope you were not exposed in an employment setting.
      Exposure to lower(sublethal) concentrations of H2S can result in eye irritation, a sore throat and cough, nausea, shortness of breath, and fluid in the lungs. These symptoms usually go away in a few weeks.
      H2S is more likely to cause neurotoxicity than lung damage, but only at high levels.

      --0.0047 ppm is the recognition threshold, the concentration at which 50% of humans can detect the characteristic odor of hydrogen sulfide [3], normally described as resembling "a rotten egg".
      --10-20 ppm is the borderline concentration for eye irritation.
      --50-100 ppm leads to eye damage.
      --At 150-250 ppm the olfactory nerve is paralyzed after a few inhalations, and the sense of smell disappears, often together with awareness of danger,
      --320-530 ppm leads to pulmonary edema with the possibility of death.
      --530-1000 ppm causes strong stimulation of the central nervous system and rapid breathing, leading to loss of breathing;
      800 ppm is the lethal concentration for 50% of humans for 5 minutes exposure(LC50).
      --Concentrations over 1000 ppm cause immediate collapse with loss of breathing, even after inhalation of a single breath.

  10. QUESTION:
    This is a question about the back of the inside of my mouth?
    So in the back of my mouth there are these openings, I'm not sure if everyone has them or not, but every few weeks these kind of white colored balls(not really round) form inside of those openings and they don't hurt but they smell pretty bad. So I take them out just by pushing around the sides of where my uvula or tonsils are, and they pop out. So is there like a name for this or what is this. Please Help

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like Chronic tonsillitis to me.

      "Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection of the tonsils. Repeated infections may cause the formation of small pockets (crypts) in the tonsils which harbor bacteria. Frequently, small, foul smelling stones are found within these crypts. These stones (tonsilloliths) may contain high quantities of sulfa. When crushed, they give off the characteristic rotten egg smell which causes bad breath. They may also give a patient the sense of something being caught in the back of the throat."

  11. QUESTION:
    why do i have really bad breath?
    my teeth are really yellow and my breath smells really REALLY bad. all the time i brush my teeth and its still bad. my teeth never go whiter any tips for a girl with bad breath.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath can cause from decays in the mouth, gigivitis, pyorrhea or other peridontal diseases, decays in the sinus cavities, infection or congestion in the lung and chest area, upset stomachs, and constipation. In children the main source of bad breath is constipation. Another reason for bad breath is unscrupulous use of medicines containing mercury.
      The following medicines can cure bad breath in the case of gum receding and problems in mouth.

      1. Thuja 1 M one single dose in globules two globules.
      2. Mercurious 30 three doses for one day.

      If the smell is like rotten eggs - Arnica montana will help
      If the girls on puberty have the a problem -Aurum met should be tried.

      If mouth and stomach are ulcerated Borax 30 will be helpful.

      For other smells like that of rotten dead fish,of onions, fetid breath with putrid discharge, etc. proper evaluation be done from a homeopath and medicines taken according to prevailing symptoms.

      Above is information. Medicines should be taken in consultation with doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    My Guinea Pig has really bad breath. Any ideas why?
    I have a guinea pig named 'Spike' and today i discovered that his breath smells really foul! I can't feel any abscesses around his jaw or face and wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this issue? I have another guinea pig and his breath smells fine like hay and fruit where as Spikes smells like rotten eggs. I have an appointment with the local vet tommorrow but they rarely see guinea pigs and my guinea pig vet is on holidaqys for two weeks. Any help much appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      My guess would be that his back teeth are growing inward toward his tongue causing him not to be able to get the food out of his cheek pockets were they like to store food to eat at a later time.The vet can grind them down so he can properly chew again and so they will not be in the way of his tongue.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is the China drywall really toxic or another attempt by western media to defame China?

    • ANSWER:
      Given the several symptoms that have been reported, a smell of rotten eggs and the discolouration of copper are sure signs of hydrogen sulfide. Or they could be cart.

      For those who don't know what hydrogen sulfide is, it is a foul smelling gas that is highly toxic. The main problem with it is that with it the receptors in the nose are deaden by it because the gas binds to them plus blocking any more smell of it.

      Here is what wiki says on it.

      0.0047 ppm is the recognition threshold, the concentration at which 50% of humans can detect the characteristic odor of hydrogen sulfide [1], normally described as resembling "a rotten egg".

      Less than 10 ppm has an exposure limit of 8 hours per day.

      10–20 ppm is the borderline concentration for eye irritation.

      50–100 ppm leads to eye damage.

      At 150–250 ppm the olfactory nerve is paralyzed after a few inhalations, and the sense of smell disappears, often together with awareness of danger,

      320–530 ppm leads to pulmonary edema with the possibility of death.

      530–1000 ppm causes strong stimulation of the central nervous system and rapid breathing, leading to loss of breathing;

      800 ppm is the lethal concentration for 50% of humans for 5 minutes exposure(LC50).

      Concentrations over 1000 ppm cause immediate collapse with loss of breathing, even after inhalation of a single breath.

      Hydrogen sulfide was used by the British as a chemical agent during World War One. It was not considered to be an ideal war gas, but while other gasses were in short supply it was used on two occasions in 1916.

      PPM is parts per million. 1 ppm is like 1 mg in 1 kg or for air samples 1 molecule in 1000000 air molecules, so you can see from the values above that why it is such a cause for concern.

      孫子兵法, posts an interesting link, while he claims that the tests do not definitively link it to the drywall he has missed the main conclusions from it. Which I will quote....

      "The federal test results released Thursday largely confirmed what prior testing had found. The multiple agencies investigating, including the CPSC, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acknowledged the reported health symptoms are consistent with some sort of contamination. But the culprit is unclear."

      "The defective materials have since been found by state and federal agencies to emit "volatile sulfur compounds." Officials have also found traces of strontium sulfide, which can produce a rotten-egg odor, along with organic compounds not found in American-made drywall."

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad smell coming from mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      Many different types of bacteria live, work, and play in your mouth. They hide in the spaces between your teeth and gums, and in the deep crevices of your tongue. They eat food left on your teeth after meals. Feasting on these "leftovers ", bacteria pour out volatile sulfur compounds. These volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) give breath its foul smell.

      These are the same compounds associated with rotten eggs and the reason our breath offends. Trying to cover up this smell with mouthwashes or breath mints does nothing but temporarily mask the odor.
      Once you realize that bacteria and the volatile sulfur compounds they create cause bad breath, you can take real steps to eliminate bad breath once and for all by: Removing bacteria from gum and teeth and kill VSC’s.

      In some instances bad breath may be caused by medical conditions (liver, lung, and stomach problems). In a few instances, it is cause by certain foods. But bad breath from food quickly goes away. Over 95% of bad breath is caused by bacteria (germs)

      Just visit you local dentist. Or if you live in Contra costa bay area, come visit us at walnut creek dentist.http://www.greatsmilesarehere.com

  15. QUESTION:
    when somepeople are sick why does there breath really smell. i noticed it when i talked to someone sick?
    they just had a cold though but why do they smell like that

    • ANSWER:
      Bad Breath Smells are the waste products from thousands of anaerobic (non-oxygen) bacteria living in our mouths. Anaerobic bacteria aid in digestion and help to break down proteins to amino acids (building blocks of life). However proteins that contain cystein or methionene can break down directly to smelly sulphur compounds. Some of these proteins are dairy products, nasal mucous, gingival fluid, and egg yolks.

      Anaerobic bacteria that thrive on Nitrogen will break down to nitrogen based compounds such as Skatole (the smell from Skunks) and Putrescine. These bad breath compounds are far more rare and only account for under 10% of all bad breath smells.

      But anaerobic bacteria are not the bad guys. They are a very hardy type of bacteria and thus can dominate the mouth if given the correct mouth environment. But this hardiness the bacteria exhibit also is used by the body to keep Candida infections at bay. So removal of all anaerobic bacteria can easily lead to a Candida overgrowth. The correct aim is to have mouth harmony. By that I mean the correct amount of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria living together. This is achieved by using a dominant probiotic bacteria such as KForce K12 to police the mouth environment.

      Bad Breath Smells...What are They?
      To be specific, bad breath smells are mainly caused by the the bacteria Treponema denticola, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Tannerella forsythensis, Porphyromonas endodontalis and Eubacterium Species. These particular bacteria digest proteins and make amino acids. the amino acids are then broken down to many compounds, however two of the main compounds are Hydrogen Sulphide and Methyl Mercaptan. These are the two main compounds that cause the smells and tastes of bad breath. Below is a table that shows the different smells made by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria can not be eliminated as they serve an important purpose in our body. Rather we aim to control their excessive growth and achieve good bacterial balance, so that these bacteria can function normally.

      Mouth Compound The Smell Made
      Methyl Mercaptan (CH3SH) faeces
      Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) rotten eggs
      Dimethyl Sulphide (CH3SCH3) cabbage, sulphur, gasoline
      Skatole(3-methyl-1H-indole) mothball, faeces
      Cadaverine C5H14N2 corpses, urine
      Putrescine(NH2(CHH2)4NH2) decaying flesh
      Isovaleric acid sweat, rancid-cheese, off-milk

      Can these smells come from other parts of the body?
      A lot of bacteria are not unique to the mouth alone. Therefore similar bacteria in other parts of the body can make similar smells. Please do not confuse this by thinking that smells such as faeces odour mean the bad breath is coming from the bowel etc. Bad breath is a problem of the mouth, throat and nasal areas. It is not a problem of the liver, bowel or other organs.

      Symptoms of Bad Breath
      Bad Breath Smell is the most obvious symptom. Bad breath is a unique problem, as having it, does not mean that you have sickness or problem, but it can also be a symptom of a sickness or problem such as liver failure, uncontrolled diabetes, throid problems, and TMAU (fish odour syndrome).

      But in general, bad breath is due to the breakdown of proteins to amino acids and then onto smelly sulphur compounds. Bad breath is prevelant in both healthy people as well as sick people. Really bad breath will depend on the amount of protein able to be broken down, and the levels of bad breath bacteria that live in the mouth and throat.

      Different bacteria will make different volatile sulphur compounds and therefore different smells. If these volatile sulphur compounds are situated on the tongue or in the throat, then your bad breath will be noticeable when you talk or exhale, or sigh. If the volatile sulphur compounds are located in the nasal tract, then the smell will be obvious when you breath out through your nose with your mouth closed. An interesting point is that you cannot smell your own bad breath when you exhale, however you can smell it when exhaling through the nose.

      Bad taste or taste changes. Changes of taste in the mouth may happen for a number of reasons. Basically if you have a bad taste or a sour taste, then most likely you are tasting sulphur compounds that are collecting in your gums and tongue. However if you have a taste change or a metallic taste then this is an indicator of dry mouth. These changes are caused by the lack of saliva. Also remember that overuse of mouthwash, drinking too much water, over use of gum with artificial sweetener and even overuse of chlorine dioxide, can all lead to a metallic or taste change in the mouth.

      Coating on your tongue. Just as you get a coating on your teeth called plaque, everyone gets some coating also on their tongue. This coating is generally a mixture of sulphur compounds mixed with mucous and sometimes food particles or coffee or tea and probably bacteria. If this coating is not cleaned away every 24 hours then it will mature and allow bad breath bacteria to live and grow within. It is bacteria in this coating that people smell when you exhale whilst talking. Another way to check your tongue is to rub a clean handkerchief over the tongue surface. Have a look at what the handkerchief removes and also smell the handkerchief.

      Tonsil stones (tonsiloliths). Patients that have post nasal problems often report coughing up small condensed stones that smell awful. These tonsil stones are made from compressed sulphur compounds, mucous, and bacteria. They are an excellent indicator of nasal problems causing bad breath. If you produce enough mucous to form tonsil stones then quite likely you also have mucous lining your nasal passages. This mucous can be thick enough to support bad breath bacteria. One test is to see if you can smell bad breath when you are breathing out through your nose.

      The "lick wrist" test. Allow the licked area to dry for 10 seconds, and then smell that area. This way you are smelling the crystals deposited on the back of the hand. If it has an odour, then you have bad breath. This is not a great test, but it is good for when you are out and about and you need a quick breath check.

      Breath Clinic Analysis. Australian Breath Clinic has invested in the latest hi tech equipment to be able to accurately diagnose and treat bad breath. We use both Gasd Chromography and Halimeters to break down your mouth gas into the actual smell compounds. By doing this Australian Breath Clinic is able to see where is the source of your problem. Once we know the source we can tailor a program suitable for you. Unfortunately the Clinic is only available to our Australian Customers, but for our extensive database of customers outside Australia, we offer an Internet Quiz by email with Dr Speiser. This is a free service. Obviously it will not be as accurate as if you actually attended our clinic, but it still will allow us to narrow the source of your problem.

      Hints from other people. This is probably the most unreliable test, as it plays on each person's individual personality. Hints can be: someone rubbing their nose while you talk, someone moving away while you talk to them, or an offer of mints or gum. This should not be accepted as a sign of a breath problem, unless you can verify the problem with at least one other test described above.

  16. QUESTION:
    My breath smells bad even though I clean my teeth ... what can I do about it?
    I am trying to quit smoking and thought this may have something to do with it, but I'm not sure. Do I need to go to a doctor or dentist, or can I just change my diet to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Halitosis or bad breath is a condition experienced by many people and often remains untreated or is accepted as normal. It is primarily related to an over abundance of sulphur-producing (rotten egg smell) bacteria found on the tongue and throat.

      Symptoms

      The features of halitosis can include:

      A white/brown coating on the tongue
      Dry mouth and teeth
      Morning bad breath and a burning tongue
      Thick saliva and a constant need to clear the throat
      Constant sour, bitter metallic taste
      Major causes of halitosis:

      Dental factors- such as gum disease, poor oral hygiene, leaking fillings/crowns and dental decay
      Dry mouth- caused by medicines, alcohol, stress or a medical condition
      Foods high in protein, sugar or acid
      Smoking- which starves the mouth of oxygen and favours bacteria growth
      Nasal and sinus infections
      Often, a thorough dental cleaning appointment can be enough to dispel bad breath. An appointment with our hygienists focuses not just on cleaning teeth, but also gum and soft tissue health. Most frequently, it is these soft tissues which provide a place for bacteria to take hold. Many of our patients find that after receiving a thorough dental clean every six months, they are able to maintain their healthy oral environment with good home care practices.

      Bad breath can be embarrassing to talk about, but even more embarrassing to live with! If you are suffering from halitosis, be sure to mention it to either our dentist or one of our dental hygienists. Treatment of bad breath does not need to be scary or painful.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why does my breath smell despite constant brushing?

    • ANSWER:
      Mouth odor is caused from bacteria...
      plague (brush every time after eating)
      food lodged between the teeth (floss daily)
      the tongue, amino acids produce sulfur compounds that can make your breath smell like dirty socks or rotten eggs (brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth)
      tooth decay (have cavities filled)
      gum disease (gingivitis) causes bone loss, food lodges where pockets develop, your dentist will do a deep cleaning above the gum line. (use a water pic to dislodge food where flossing and brushing can't reach)
      sinus conditions/post nasal drip (gargle often with antiseptic mouthwash)
      antibiotics are needed for a sinus infection
      poor digestion, undigested food can ferment in the intestines, the odor escapes up through the mouth, see your doctor. (drink 1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with a glass of water)
      Drink plenty of water to lessen mouth bacteria, help digestion and to keep your body hydrated.
      I would suggest you go to the dentist and have your teeth cleaned and a thorough exam, if your mouth is ruled out as the source of the odor, make an appointment
      with your doctor.
      Good luck to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have an explaination for pungent sulfur like flatulence lasting more than 2 weeks?
    No real change in diet. Smell is abnormal and very pungent. Smells very similar if not worse than rotten eggs.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different causes of gas and having more than the usual smell to it. I found this on google: Giardiasis Infection: The Condition
      "...Signs include weight loss, abdominal distension and tenderness, bad-smelling flatulence and burps, pale watery stools, frothy, foul-smelling stools..."

      Lactose Intolerance: "..."Lactose malabsorption and lactase deficiency are chronic organic pathologic conditions characterized by abdominal pain and distention, flatulence, and the passage of loose, watery stools..

      Vitamin B6 Requirement: "...Deficiency symptoms include pain and stiffness in arms and hands, painful 'knots' on the last joints of the fingers, headaches, bad breath, dizziness, extreme nervousness, foul-smelling flatulence, burning pain and cramps in abdomen, lethargy, dizziness, swollen ankles, an itching red rash around genitals, nausea, sore lips, mouth and tongue, and "showers of dandruff"..."

      You dont' need to have all of the symptoms for each ailment to actually have that wrong with you. Your best bet would be to call your doctor. You don't want to mess with any infections in your colon or stomach. Aside from annoying things like foul smelling gas, they can become dangerous.

  19. QUESTION:
    why do we get bad breath after falling asleep?
    after sleeping, we always get bad breath. Why's that so??

    • ANSWER:
      Though the causes of breath odour are not entirely understood, most unpleasant odors are known to arise from food debris trapped in the mouth which is processed by normal mouth flora; there are over 400 types of bacteria found in the average mouth. Several dozen of these can cause trouble when allowed to flourish or are genetically disposed to overpopulate. Large quantities of these naturally-occurring bacteria are often found on the posterior of the tongue, where they are undisturbed by normal activity. The rough surface of the tongue dorsum provides an ideal habitat for anaerobic bacteria, which flourish under a continually-forming tongue coating of food debris, dead cells, and hundreds of thousands of bacteria, living and dead. When left on the tongue, the anaerobic respiration of such bacteria can yield either the putrescent smell of polyamines, or the "rotten egg" smell of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) such as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide, depending on the bacteria type. It is generally these compounds which, when mixed with mouth air and exhaled, produce unpleasant breath.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why does asparagus make your urine smell?

    • ANSWER:
      As you clearly know, the human digestive processes are typically able to break asparagus down into smelly by-products with an amazing quickness, often within 15 to 30 minutes after eating. When you use the lavatory, those odorific by-products are released as a rather pungent form of "asparagus urine."

      The website WebMD blames this smell on the break-up of a chemical called mercaptan. That said, asparagus contains a half-dozen sulfur-based chemicals identical ones found in other such lovely smells as rotten eggs, garlic breath and skunk spray. There is some controversy in the scientific community over exactly which by-product, or combination of by-products, causes the asparagus urine smell. The first published study on the phenomenon, written in 1891 by a man going by the name of "Nencki," found that the smell was caused by a metabolite called methanethiol. So far, this conclusion seems about as sound as any.

      But the story of asparagus urine is far from ending there. Some people eat asparagus, go to the restroom, and-amazingly-no smell. Further research suggested that, likely due to genetics, some people did not possess the enzymes required to create asparagus urine. Perhaps you've heard it said that a person who's pee smells after eating asparagus has high intelligence? Well, maybe there is some genetic corollary for that. (Just kidding, all you eugenicists out there!)

      To complicate matters even further, however, around 1980 a scientist had the good sense to pass the urine of the non-asparagus urine population in front of the noses of the asparagus urine population, and lo-and-behold, many found they could smell that asparagus urine smell. People are now debating whether genetics controls the ability to produce asparagus urine, the ability to smell asparagus urine, or possibly both.

      Clearly, further research is needed.

  21. QUESTION:
    rotten egg smell at work.. gas leak?
    i'm at work and i can barely breath. the air feels thick. my eyes feel swollen and the whole place smells like rotten eggs. people are complaining about the smell and some have even left work because of it.
    someone mentioned that it smells like a gas leak.
    could it be?
    we don't use well water.
    we are on the third floor of 3 story building.
    the smell is strongest up here and in the elevators.
    once outside i'm able to breathe again.
    it's definitely coming from inside and not out.

    • ANSWER:
      could very well be.

      alert management, maintainence, whoever you need to to get someone to fix it. in the meantime, open as many windows as you guys possibly can. if it is causing health issues, then something NEEDS to be done, not only for your safety (obviously the most important thing) but so the company doesnt find themselves getting sued or something

  22. QUESTION:
    Bad breath rotten egg smell, I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with me?
    Alright, I have been having this bad breath smell that my fiance smells (not me) and she says it is so bad that she cannot kiss me. She says my breath smells like rotten eggs and the odor has been coming on and off for about 3 months. I've already scheduled an appointment with my doctor, I am just a bit worried because I'm hoping this isn't something bad.

    I did some research and saw a disease called "Halitosis", but I don't think I have that because I have not seen any symptoms in any of the diseases listed under that the whole three months. I have been eating these cheap Banquet microwave dinners and I think they might be the cause as we noticed this didn't start until I started eating those.

    So my question is, what do you think this is? I'm thinking it may have been those microwave dinners, I'm just trying to calm down because I get paranoid when it comes to my body. Thank you.

    PS: My farts have a rotten egg smell as well but I've noticed that it has toned down since I stopped eating those Banquets. They're real cheap microwave dinners that go for 80 cents at the store.

    • ANSWER:
      It may be what you're eating. If it isn't, it may also be an infection or a rotten tooth.

      If your gums or teeth get infected, that can smell even if you are very up to speed on your dental hygiene. My sister also once had a rotten molar that she didn't even notice until something hit it the right way. I'd say going to the dentist would be your best bet.

  23. QUESTION:
    Body Odor with Cirrhosis of the Liver?
    I have a friend that has Cirrhosis of the liver and he has a very strong rotten egg odor coming off of him. Does anybody know why this happens with liver damage, creating the rotten egg odor smell? How does the liver do that? Thanks, Robert

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, regardless of what others have posted. Your friend may be just unhygienic. Cirrhosis, which is the very end stage of liver disease cause many problems with chemicals in the body, to include the brain. Most people with cirrhosis start to feel tired and lethargic and don't shower as often or lose a sense of proper hygiene. This is very common. They actually don't realize they have forgotten about their hygiene until they are reminded.

      Now they do turn yellow, like the one person suggested, but that is caused by jaundice, and it does not omit a smell. Fetor Hepaticus on the other hand does. This is a very late sign of liver failure and most assuredly is a fatal sign. It is also known as the breath of the dead. The reason being is it happens when a person with liver problems is dying or is very near death. This smell however is usually a pungent smell. It is very strong and noticeable.

      If your friend has this smell, he should seek medical attention immediately. Especially with cirrhosis. Any change in normal behavior with a cirrhosis patient should be evaluated.

  24. QUESTION:
    Dry Socket or Infection of pulled wisdom tooth?
    I had a wisdom tooth pulled 2 days ago. The same day I developed fever, weak, dizzy on and off. The next day a horrible smell and taste in my mouth. The gum around the extraction and lots of gum near turned white and grey. That white stuff smelled like rotten egg.
    Does anyone have any idea what that white stuff is.
    My dentist said it's dry socket. But I am not sure as there is pain but not bad, but I get weak and shaking and cold on and off during the day all day long and that horrible smell and taste with the throbing pain down my throat.
    Any idea if it is infection or dry socket or something else?
    And what is the best way of healing it?
    How long does the healing take?
    I am worried that it is infection and that it can cause more health issues as my immune system is not good. I am allergict to all antibiotics and have to be very careful with any medication. My dentist is not experienced enough and does not say or do much. help.

    • ANSWER:
      Dry socket happens when newly formed blood clot in the extraction site does not form correctly or is prematurely lost.
      Symptoms:
      Jaw pain
      Fever
      Swollen gums
      Facial swelling
      Swollen jaw lymph glands
      Swollen lymph glands near the ear
      Bad breath or a foul odor coming from your mouth

      Avoid drinking through a straw, the suction will interfere with
      healthier clotting.
      Avoid smoking, it can contaminate the extraction site.
      Avoid excessive mouth rinsing, which may interfere with blood clotting
      When you've had a tooth extracted, any discomfort you experience normally gets better with each passing day. If you develop new or worsening pain in the days after your tooth extraction, don't try to tough it out.
      Treatment of dry socket is mainly geared toward reducing its symptoms, particularly pain. Treatment includes:
      Medicated dressings. This is the main way to treat dry socket. Your dentist should pack the socket with medicated dressings. You may need to have the dressings changed several times in the following days. The severity of your pain and other symptoms determines how often you need to return for dressing changes or other treatment.
      Flushing out the socket. Your dentist should flush the socket to remove any food particles or other debris that has collected in the socket and that contributes to pain or infection.
      Pain medication. Talk to your doctor about which pain medications are best for your situation. If over-the-counter pain relievers aren't effective, you may need a stronger prescription pain medication.
      Self-care. You may be instructed how to flush your socket at home to promote healing and eliminate debris. To do this, you'll be given a plastic syringe with a curved tip to squirt water, salt water, mouthwash or a prescription rinse into the socket. You may need to continue to do this daily for three or four weeks.
      Once treatment is started, you may begin to feel some relief in just a few hours. Pain and other symptoms should continue to improve over the next few days. Complete healing typically goes smoothly and generally takes about 10 to 14 days.

  25. QUESTION:
    what causes a symptom of rotten egg-smelling burps?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad digestion. Eat more foods rich in magnesium. ie ~ leafy and green vegies, ground up nuts and seeds (ground up to aid in digestion of same), cold water fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting and wholegrain breads and cereals.

      magnesium is essential for healthy nerve and muscle functioning and will encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy, thus aiding in digestion.

      magnesium will also help eliminate any issues you may have with constipation.

      Magnesium is known as the antistress mineral so will help in fighting depression and beating the blues. It is also important for converting blood sugar into energy. So try to include leafy and green vegies with your lunch on a sandwich, mixed with your stir fry for dinner to gain the full benefits of this ripper little mineral.

      Bad breath also signifies a vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency so eat more foods rich in niacin also. ie ~ liver, meat, fish, wholegrains and legumes such as peas, beans and lentils.

      Chewing on cinnamon sticks helps to freshen your breath too if you like the taste.

      Liquid chlorophyll is also good to drink mixed up in a glass with water is good for eliminating offensive body odors such as bad breath♥

      Also, if you tak a good quality digestive enzyme tablet 1 - 3 times daily with your meals you will find that will also help digestion and elimination the bad smelling belching♥
      I sincerely wish you the best of health & vitality buddy♥

      Cinnamon sticks, liquid chlorophyll and digestive enzymes can all be found at your local health food store♥

      good health to you & yours♥

      CHEERS

  26. QUESTION:
    do i have pneumonia or stomach flu?
    days ago i vomitted 4 times, had a stomach ache, diarrhea, and my breath smelled like rotten eggs.

    yesturday i was perfectly fine.

    today, it's the same situation as 2 days ago. i was on the bus and i felt dizzy, so i went off 2 stops before my house and vomitted. came home and vomitted again. also i have diarrhea and my breathe smells like rotten eggs again.

    and ever since yesturday, whenever i laugh my chest/heart area hurts

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it's either... Maybe instead of random people who most likely have no experience, no matter what they tell you, answer? Pneumonia (i've had it before, so this is just referring to what I felt) is more like a tad of pressure in your chest and when you cough you usually get globs of mucus. That's because what pneumonia is is mucus in your lungs caused by an infection in your lungs. There are two types, one that you can give to others, one you can't. Bronchitis is in the bronchial tube. Not sure what is in the bronchial tube, but do know it's there (it's kind of a 'of course, where would it be, your spleen?' kind of things). As for stomach flu, whats been happening to you makes sense except for the rotten egg thing. It is not part of the stomach flu. Honestly, I think you should go for a route of someone who you know is a reliable source...

  27. QUESTION:
    My 2 year old daughter's breath smells horrible when she gets up, brushing don't help? What else can be done?!
    I brush her teeth and tongue, and she has no cavities, but her breath smells awful when she first gets up, and often times throughout the day. She is 2.5 years old. She has been to the dentist and he has suggested brushing more often, but it didn't help. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      the fundamental cause of bad breath for most people is the whitish coating that covers the surface of the posterior portion of their tongue. More accurately, bad breath is caused by the bacteria that live in this coating. (The second most common fundamental cause of bad breath is bacteria that live and accumulate elsewhere in a person's mouth.)

      In most cases bad breath (halitosis) is caused by the presence of oral bacteria. There can be, however, other factors that influence the odor of one's breath and, in fact, the quality of a person's breath will ultimately depend on a number of different variables.

      Even if you don't have much of a problem with bad breath you have probably noticed that your breath is least pleasant in the morning when you first wake up. This is because during the night a person's mouth will become dry, due to the human body's natural tendency to reduce salivary flow when a person sleeps. This same souring effect is sometimes noticed by teachers, lawyers, and anyone else whose mouth has become dry after having to speak for a prolonged period of time. Additionally, people who breathe through their mouth, are fasting, or else are under stress can find that they have comparatively dry mouths and therefore persistent problems with breath odors.

      One explanation for this is that the moisture found in our mouth helps to cleanse it. The presence of oral fluids encourages us to swallow. With each swallow we take we wash away bacteria, as well as the food and debris on which they feed. This same moisture also dilutes and washes away the waste products that oral bacteria produce.

      Another factor is that saliva should be considered to be a special form of mouth moisture. It's the body's natural mouth rinse. Beyond the washing and diluting effect that any oral moisture can provide, saliva has the added benefit that it contains compounds that kill oral bacteria and buffer their waste products. So, when our mouth becomes dry all of the benefits that all types of oral moisture can produce are reduced. The net result is that the conditions for bacterial growth are enhanced while the neutralization of bacterial waste products is lessened.

      For the majority of people (85 to 90% of those who have bad breath [halitosis]), the single most frequent cause of their breath odor problem is associated with bacteria that live in their mouth. Bacteria, just like humans, go through their lives consuming foods and excreting wastes. The waste products produced by some oral bacteria are sulfur compounds and it is this type of odoriferous waste product that usually lies at the root of a person's breath problems.

      Have you ever smelled a rotten egg? The stench associated with rotten eggs is caused by the sulfur compound hydrogen sulfide. The stinky smell emanating from feed lots and barnyards is one produced by the sulfur compound methyl mercaptan. The odor you associate with the ocean is in part due to the presence of dimethyl sulfide. And each of these sulfur compounds is also excreted as a waste product by the bacteria that live in our mouths.

      Where do the bacteria that cause bad breath live?
      For most of us the bacteria that cause our bad breath probably live on the surface of our tongue. There can be, however, other locations (which are typically secondary in nature) that harbor these culprit bacteria as well.

      How do you cure bad breath?
      Since the most common cause of bad breath (halitosis) is the odorous waste product (volatile sulfur compounds) created by anaerobic oral bacteria, the most important step a person can take toward improving the quality of their breath is to clean their mouth in a manner which helps to:

      Minimize the amount of food available for these bacteria.
      Minimize the total number of these bacteria that exist.
      Minimize the availability of the types of environments in which these bacteria prefer to live.
      Make any environment in which these bacteria do live less hospitable.

      Minimizing the food supply for bacteria that cause bad breath.
      The volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath are created as a waste product by anaerobic oral bacteria when they digest proteins. This would imply that those persons who maintain a vegetarian diet (a diet composed mostly of fruits and vegetables) will most likely have fewer chronic breath problems than those people who have diets that are high in protein rich foods such as meat.

      It is important for a person to clean their mouth thoroughly after eating, and especially after eating foods that are high in protein content. This is because even after we have finished a meal minute particles of food still remain in our mouth. Much of this food debris ends up lodged between our teeth and incorporated into the coating found on the posterior part of our tongue. Since these are precisely the same locations in which the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath live, if a person does not clean their mouth thoroughly a food supply is provided for these bacteria over an extended period of time.

      Bad breath problems can often be cured by cleaning your tongue more thoroughly.
      There are various methods you can use to clean the posterior portion of your tongue. Each of these techniques however has the same goal, to scrape away the bacteria and debris that have accumulated on your tongue's surface.

      No matter which method of tongue cleaning you choose to use you should try to clean as far back on your tongue as possible. Don't be surprised if you find you have an active gag reflex. Gagging is a natural reaction, but with time this reflex should diminish.

      Your toothbrush or a specialized tongue brush can be used to clean your tongue. To do so, start as far back as possible and then make brush strokes outward, toward the front of your mouth. You need to use some pressure but of course not enough to cause irritation to your tongue.

      Drink plenty of water.
      Rinse your mouth with water often.
      Stimulate your mouth's flow of saliva.
      Clean your mouth well, especially after eating foods high in protein content.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why does my gas smell like rotten eggs?!?
    I eat very healthy, no fast food or anything greasy but my toots still smell like sulfur. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      rotten health food

      IF you eat broccoli that has started to bloom, or turned light green or even yellow to some degree, instead of being closed buds and dark green or purple

      ALSO, even some good condition "Kohl" or cabbage-type vegetables can cause such smelly gas, even though its healthy. A corollory to this is that some of the healthiest foods cause some of the worst breath: Fish, Tuna, Salmon, Onions, Garlic, Peanut butter...

  29. QUESTION:
    i think i have halitosis but im not sure?
    it feels like i have halitosis but i cant see any sign of rotting teeth and i have moderate oral hygiene. how can i tell if i ahve halitosis without going to a dentist?

    • ANSWER:
      if u have it u may get complaints from ur friends an family members about ur breath.
      Tongue
      The most common location for mouth-related halitosis is the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids, and account for 80 to 90 percent of all cases of mouth-related bad breath.[7] Large quantities of naturally-occurring bacteria are often found on the posterior dorsum of the tongue, where they are relatively undisturbed by normal activity. This part of the tongue is relatively dry and poorly cleansed, and bacterial populations can thrive on remnants of food deposits, dead epithelial cells, and postnasal drip. The convoluted microbial structure of the tongue dorsum provides an ideal habitat for anaerobic bacteria, which flourish under a continually-forming tongue coating of food debris, dead cells, postnasal drip and overlying bacteria, living and dead. When left on the tongue, the anaerobic respiration of such bacteria can yield either the putrescent smell of indole, skatole, polyamines, or the "rotten egg" smell of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) such as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, Allyl methyl sulfide, and dimethyl sulfide.
      There are over 600 types of bacteria found in the average mouth. Several dozen of these can produce high levels of foul odors when incubated in the laboratory. The odors are produced mainly due to the breakdown of proteins into individual amino acids, followed by the further breakdown of certain amino acids to produce detectable foul gases. For example, the breakdown of cysteine and methionine produce hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan, respectively. Volatile sulfur compounds have been shown to be statistically associated with oral malodor levels, and usually decrease following successful treatment.[8]
      There is some controversy over the role of periodontal diseases in causing bad breath. However, advanced periodontal disease is a common cause of severe halitosis. Waste products from the anaerobic bacteria growing below the gumline (subgingival) have a foul smell and have been clinically demonstrated to produce a very intense bad breath. Removal of the subgingival calculus (i.e. tartar or hard plaque) and friable tissue has been shown to improve mouth odor considerably. This is accomplished by subgingival scaling and root planing and irrigation with an antibiotic mouth rinse.
      The second major source of bad breath is the nose. In this occurrence, the air exiting the nostrils has a pungent odor that differs from the oral odor. Nasal odor may be due to sinus infections or foreign bodies.
      Tonsils
      In general, putrefaction from the tonsils is considered a minor cause of bad breath, contributing to some 3–5% of cases. Approximately 7% of the population suffer from small bits of calcified matter in tonsillar crypts called tonsilloliths that smell extremely foul when released and can cause bad breath. Esophagus-The Cardia, which is the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, may not close properly due to a Hiatal Hernia or GERD, allowing acid to enter the esophagus and gases escape to the mouth.[14] A Zenker's diverticulum may also result in halitosis due to aging food retained in the esophagus.
      Stomach-The stomach is considered by most researchers as a very uncommon source of bad breath (except in belching). The esophagus is a closed and collapsed tube, and continuous flow (as opposed to a simple burp) of gas or putrid substances from the stomach indicates a health problem—such as reflux serious enough to be bringing up stomach contents or a fistula between the stomach and the esophagus—which will demonstrate more serious manifestations than just foul odor.[2]

      In the case of allyl methyl sulfide (the byproduct of garlic's digestion), odor does not come from the stomach, since it does not get metabolized there.[15]
      [edit] Systemic diseases

      There are a few systemic (non-oral) medical conditions that may cause foul breath odor, but these are extremely infrequent in the general population. Such conditions are:[
      Fetor hepaticus: an example of a rare type of bad breath caused by chronic liver failure.
      Lower respiratory tract infections (bronchial and lung infections).
      Renal infections and renal failure.
      Carcinoma.
      Trimethylaminuria ("fish odor syndrome").
      Diabetes mellitus.
      Metabolic dysfunction.[18]

  30. QUESTION:
    Two year old, very foul smelling ?
    I have a two year old son, he's never had any problems in the past with bad breath or foul smelling burps. Today however he is burping quite a bit and the smell is bad enough to knock a full grown man out. Does anybody have any idea what causes this and whether it's anything to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      My son developed something similar when he was about 5. Severe burping (not something he normally did) and the breath was absolutely disgusting - rotten eggs were nicer. He would then develop diarrhoea. It would last about 24hrs. He had this especially after eating certain foods.
      Your son might have a stomach bug which isnt connected to what he's eaten, but if it happens again start making a diary of foods that he's had to see if theres a link.

  31. QUESTION:
    So Bad Breath does come from smoking?
    I have been smoke free for almost eight day

    And I have noticed a change in my breath?

    Like I'm not using Gum....It doesnt stink

    Are you telling me Smoking Made My breath Stink....sometimes really Bad?

    Not smokey smell....But Bad Like sometimes rotten eggs
    Your a dumb azz Joe

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a dentist.

      Smoking promotes periodontal disease, which is one of the causes of halitosis. It also promotes the growth of the tiny little fuzzy things on the top of your tongue (called filiform papillae). When these things grow long, they can collect food particles that eventually rot, thus turning your tongue into a source of bad odors.

      So yeah, smoking helps to turn your mouth into a filthy sewer.

  32. QUESTION:
    sewer/rotten egg smell in basement?
    when the toilet on the main floor of the house is flushed there is an immediate smell like rotten eggs in the basement family room directly below the main floor bathroom. I don't know where to begin with this problem.
    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Pnasus,

      Both of the previous answers are WAY off the mark (but Casey S. is the closest). I've solved this problem DOZENS of times for my customers, and it's almost exclusively a blocked vent stack (see picture by clicking link below).

      http://www.diy-resources.com/images/dk-189-1.jpg

      It has become clogged/plugged with leaves/debris over the years, and now your system is unable to "breath". Imagine holding you finger over the end of a straw filled with water. Remove your finger and the water flows out. Your home's plumbing vent stack works EXACTLY the same way. Pretty simple, right?

      Now that you know the cause, here's how to take care of it, but you're going to need someone that can safely perform this from on your roof and at the top of your vent stack. Inform them that they will get a little wet (clean water, no worries), so wear cloths and shoes accordingly (I wear old shorts and sneakers while doing it).

      With a VERY GOOD flashlight, look down the stack. At this point, you may see the partial/total blockage. Use a good stiff piece of wire with a hook bend on the bottom and a LARGE loop on the handle end (to prevent it from falling into your vent!), CAREFULLY remove what you can without causing the whole thing to fall into your system's vent.

      Once one the roof, lower a string to someone on the ground and have them tie it to a garden hose (bare end here, NO NOZZLE !!). Pull hose up to the vent stack. Have roof person sit with vent right between their legs to be able to work slowly and safely. With the hose running at a medium/low flow-rate, chip some of the debris loose and allow it to fall down. Remove the hose and have the ground person flush the toilet(s) once or twice each to ensure the debris has been sent well down-stream of your sewer line before repeating. This process should take a little time to complete, but is WELL worth your patients.

      A word of caution here before you begin: The blockage MUST be cleared a LITTLE at a time. Trying to just "blast it out" will cause more HARM than good! I've even seen Pro's mess this up because they were working too fast or without enough care. GO SLOWLY!!! If you knock the blockage down too quickly, it will get stuck in you sewer line between the house and the street, and then you'll have a REAL problem.

      While you're at it, make sure that any drains in your basement (sinks, floor drains, sump pump s-traps if you have one draining this way and any other drains you may have down there) have water in the traps by simply pouring water into them once in a while.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the major air pollutants in the U.S. A? Give the sources of each.?

    • ANSWER:
      Pollutant Sources Effects
      Ozone. A gas that can be found in two places. Near the ground (the troposphere), it is a major part of smog. The harmful ozone in the lower atmosphere should not be confused with the protective layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere (stratosphere), which screens out harmful ultraviolet rays. Ozone is not created directly, but is formed when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds mix in sunlight. That is why ozone is mostly found in the summer. Nitrogen oxides come from burning gasoline, coal, or other fossil fuels. There are many types of volatile organic compounds, and they come from sources ranging from factories to trees. Ozone near the ground can cause a number of health problems. Ozone can lead to more frequent asthma attacks in people who have asthma and can cause sore throats, coughs, and breathing difficulty. It may even lead to premature death. Ozone can also hurt plants and crops.

      Carbon monoxide. A gas that comes from the burning of fossil fuels, mostly in cars. It cannot be seen or smelled. Carbon monoxide is released when engines burn fossil fuels. Emissions are higher when engines are not tuned properly, and when fuel is not completely burned. Cars emit a lot of the carbon monoxide found outdoors. Furnaces and heaters in the home can emit high concentrations of carbon monoxide, too, if they are not properly maintained. Carbon monoxide makes it hard for body parts to get the oxygen they need to run correctly. Exposure to carbon monoxide makes people feel dizzy and tired and gives them headaches. In high concentrations it is fatal. Elderly people with heart disease are hospitalized more often when they are exposed to higher amounts of carbon monoxide.

      Nitrogen dioxide. A reddish-brown gas that comes from the burning of fossil fuels. It has a strong smell at high levels. Nitrogen dioxide mostly comes from power plants and cars. Nitrogen dioxide is formed in two ways—when nitrogen in the fuel is burned, or when nitrogen in the air reacts with oxygen at very high temperatures. Nitrogen dioxide can also react in the atmosphere to form ozone, acid rain, and particles. High levels of nitrogen dioxide exposure can give people coughs and can make them feel short of breath. People who are exposed to nitrogen dioxide for a long time have a higher chance of getting respiratory infections. Nitrogen dioxide reacts in the atmosphere to form acid rain, which can harm plants and animals.

      Particulate matter. Solid or liquid matter that is suspended in the air. To remain in the air, particles usually must be less than 0.1-mm wide and can be as small as 0.00005 mm. Particulate matter can be divided into two types—coarse particles and fine particles. Coarse particles are formed from sources like road dust, sea spray, and construction. Fine particles are formed when fuel is burned in automobiles and power plants. Particulate matter that is small enough can enter the lungs and cause health problems. Some of these problems include more frequent asthma attacks, respiratory problems, and premature death.

      Sulfur dioxide. A corrosive gas that cannot be seen or smelled at low levels but can have a “rotten egg” smell at high levels. Sulfur dioxide mostly comes from the burning of coal or oil in power plants. It also comes from factories that make chemicals, paper, or fuel. Like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide reacts in the atmosphere to form acid rain and particles. Sulfur dioxide exposure can affect people who have asthma or emphysema by making it more difficult for them to breathe. It can also irritate people's eyes, noses, and throats. Sulfur dioxide can harm trees and crops, damage buildings, and make it harder for people to see long distances.

      Lead. A blue-gray metal that is very toxic and is found in a number of forms and locations. Outside, lead comes from cars in areas where unleaded gasoline is not used. Lead can also come from power plants and other industrial sources. Inside, lead paint is an important source of lead, especially in houses where paint is peeling. Lead in old pipes can also be a source of lead in drinking water. High amounts of lead can be dangerous for small children and can lead to lower IQs and kidney problems. For adults, exposure to lead can increase the chance of having heart attacks or strokes.

      Toxic air pollutants. A large number of chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer. Some important pollutants in this category include arsenic, asbestos, benzene, and dioxin. Each toxic air pollutant comes from a slightly different source, but many are created in chemical plants or are emitted when fossil fuels are burned. Some toxic air pollutants, like asbestos and formaldehyde, can be found in building materials and can lead to indoor air problems. Many toxic air pollutants can also enter the food and water supplies. Toxic air pollutants can cause cancer. Some toxic air pollutants can also cause birth defects. Other effects depend on the pollutant, but can include skin and eye irritation and breathing problems.

      Stratospheric ozone depleters. Chemicals that can destroy the ozone in the stratosphere. These chemicals include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, and other compounds that include chlorine or bromine. CFCs are used in air conditioners and refrigerators, since they work well as coolants. They can also be found in aerosol cans and fire extinguishers. Other stratospheric ozone depleters are used as solvents in industry. If the ozone in the stratosphere is destroyed, people are exposed to more radiation from the sun (ultraviolet radiation). This can lead to skin cancer and eye problems. Higher ultraviolet radiation can also harm plants and animals.

      Greenhouse gases. Gases that stay in the air for a long time and warm up the planet by trapping sunlight. This is called the “greenhouse effect” because the gases act like the glass in a greenhouse. Some of the important greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Carbon dioxide is the most important greenhouse gas. It comes from the burning of fossil fuels in cars, power plants, houses, and industry. Methane is released during the processing of fossil fuels, and also comes from natural sources like cows and rice paddies. Nitrous oxide comes from industrial sources and decaying plants. The greenhouse effect can lead to changes in the climate of the planet. Some of these changes might include more temperature extremes, higher sea levels, changes in forest composition, and damage to land near the coast. Human health might be affected by diseases that are related to temperature or by damage to land and water.

  34. QUESTION:
    bad smell and taste in my mouth?
    i have been working with propane(alot of propane) and for a about a week now all i can smell is this disusing rotten egg/garbage/bad garlic for example i was about to dig into some lo-mein when i smelled it and almost threw up, and thats not all i cant even eat some simple cereal without tasting it(my mouth isnt swollen and i just mentioned that thing about propane to and detail) i really need help because i cant really enjoy eating any thing that doesnt have a a strong citric taste

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you should make sure that you are not exposed to propane any more. That would be my first answer to you.

      Seconldy, rinse everything you can reach out with salt water. Like, your mouth, your throat, and then spray it up your sinuses, cause that's probably where the smell is hiding. There or you have tonsil stones. Look them up, I've never had them but they make your breath nasty and such.

      good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does my breath smell like rotten eggs?
    This is semi nasty. Just saying.
    My birthday was yesterday and my friends stayed over and I got at least about 6 hours of sleep. We were eating Tootsie Rolls, hot wings, and pizza and stuff. I don't think my stomach has much to do with that though. I know this is kind of gross, but I woke up with a really bad sore throat, feeling like throwing up, and now I burp randomly and get a rotten egg smell. The night before I had stomach pain and stuff and I wasn't feeling great then either. What could this be? Also, is this a sickness or just my stomach adjusting?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to get that. I always hated it. I guess since you ate junk food your stomach is digesting it and candy and all that stuff caused it to be like that.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why do so many people have bad breath?
    I went to a party tonight and it seemed that 60% of the people I talked with had breath that smelled like old eggs (not quite rotten, but getting there). Why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      coz of many reasons:
      they didn't eat the whole day ...
      they simply did not brush their teeth ...
      and some might have problems in their digestive system ... for ex. ulcer can b a cause ...

  37. QUESTION:
    Help Me My Breath Just Recently Smells Really Bad!?
    Okay ot That This Is Relavant But Me And My Boyfriend Broke Up Last Night Because He Cheated On Me. I Didn't Manage To Get To Sleep Last Night Until Midnight. I Then woke up at 2 am and basically cried til 5 am and then had a shower at 6 am. I Cried On my way to school and in my English Class. Oo dear now I'm Rambling :S Well anyway, since i got up this morning i keep like burping in my mouth eww i know and it tastes like rotten eggs it is really odd as i have never suffered from bad breath ever. I brush my teeth twice a day but have brushed mine 3 times so far today I haven't eaten egg in the last month and my dad said my breath smells so can someone please tell me why and how to stop it.??.

    • ANSWER:
      Your question shows how deeply concerned you are about your breath and about offending someone else, especially a good friend. Curing bad breath is not complicated, once you understand the real cause of bad breath. Most bad breath is caused by bacteria that are on the top of the tongue. You can often see this bacteria as "white stuff" on your tongue, especially on the back of the tongue. This must be cleaned off to cure bad breath. So after you brush your teeth, clean the top of your tongue. I use an OraBrush tongue cleaner because it works really good and just takes seconds.

  38. QUESTION:
    DOGS ???????????????
    i always cuddle my dog. lately his breath has been smelling really bad(like rotten egg) should i take him to the vet?
    could it be a teeth problem his breath has never been this badd and he is eating the same things as before
    *if this has anything to do with it he is on steroids for skin problems but he has been for a while***
    he is six years old
    and a bichon frise
    and a bichon frise

    • ANSWER:
      Simple Tips for Bad Breath
      Lemon juice---Take a lemon and squeeze a drop of lemon juice into his water. If you use bottled lemon juice, just make sure it doesn’t contain sugar as this could rot his teeth. This has been known to help a dog’s breath, but doesn’t work for cats.

      Milk bones—Crunching on a milk bone helps a dog work off the plaque. Dentabones also work well removing plaque buildup.

      Check Your Dog’s Diet
      As some canned foods cause bad breath, check his food. If he’s not elderly or on a special soft food diet, be sure he (or she) also eats dry food as well as soft canned dog food.

      Have Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned
      If your dog hasn’t had his teeth cleaned within the past six months, then have it done by your vet. Follow up by brushing his teeth at home regularly. Brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to prevent bad breath or future dental problems. While brushing, check for any abscessed teeth or other obvious problems. If you’re not sure what to look for, ask your vet.

      If your dog fights you when you try to brush, it’s hard to clean his teeth properly. Although most dogs don’t enjoy their teeth brushed, they do love the meat flavored dog toothpastes, such as a chicken based one.

      Bad Breath Due to Stomach or Intestinal Problems
      When your dog has bad breath, it’s natural to want to pop a doggie breath mint into his mouth. However, that’s not a good idea as you could be making him more miserable if his bad breath is due to a stomach problem. Sometimes a dog’s bad breath is the result of a more serious problem. Before doling out breath mints, check with your vet to make sure he’s not suffering from other problems.

      If the problem of bad breath persists, then it’s possible he could have a digestive or intestinal problem. For example, does he have a lot of gas? What about frequent diarrhea or constipation? Another clue that something’s wrong is if he munches on grass but ignores his dog food. Scratching and itching are other red lights he may have a problem other than bad breath.

      Gum Disease
      About 80% of dogs over the age of three suffer from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, says North Carolina veterinarian, Dr. John Prange. Known as the silent killer of pets, gum disease is not to be taken lightly. Have your dog checked for any gum problems even if he doesn’t have bad breath.

      Overgrowing Gums---Some dogs suffer with their gums actually growing over their teeth. This condition, known as Gingival Hyperplasia, is more common with older dogs. If not corrected by surgery it becomes a serious problem because the condition allows for bacteria to grow, eventually resulting in gum disease. Although any dog can have suffer with this problem, Gingival Hyperplasia is especially prone for boxers and bulldogs, probably because of the shape of their jaws. If your vet diagnoses this in your dog then he’ll probably recommend a surgical reduction of the gums.

      If you first don’t solve your dog’s breath problem, don’t give up. Once your dog’s breath is fresher, you’ll both be happier. :) hope this helps

  39. QUESTION:
    y does my sisters breath smell like ???? pleeze help thanx?
    Y DOES MY SISTERS BREATH SMELL LIKE FLIPPIN POOP AND EGGS WELL I DUNNO SHE BRUSHES HER TEETH AND EVERYTHING BUT IT JUST WONT WORK WE TRIED EVERYTHING JUST PLEEZE HELP .......... THANX EVERY 1 THIS IZ AND EMERGENCY XOXOXOXO THANX .......

    • ANSWER:
      your sis has a condition called halitosis some people have it just have her do what is typed. Its never really going to go away unless she does these things listed.
      Many people think odors from the stomach cause bad breath. Not true. A vast majority of cases are caused by odors coming from the back of the tongue. And what produces those odors? Bacteria that live in the mouth.

      Those bacteria release several chemicals as they grow, including hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a colorless gas that smells like rotten eggs. H2S is commonly released by decaying matter, such as that found in sewers, barns, and the holds of cargo ships. Volcanoes also release H2S.

      Other gases released by bacteria in the mouth include cadaverine, isovaleric acid, methyl mercaptan, putrescine, and skatole-all of which have a distinctly foul odor. Methyl mercaptan smells like rotting cabbage. Isovaleric acid smells like sweaty feet. Not exactly pleasant.

      WHO NEEDS OXYGEN?

      The bacteria responsible for producing such rank odors are anaerobic, meaning they can survive in an environment with little or no oxygen. Anaerobic bacteria thrive in the tiny nooks and crannies of the tongue, especially at the very back of the tongue. Not much oxygen reaches those spots.

      As the bacteria grow, they feed on amino acids, chemicals that are the building blocks of proteins. The breakdown of amino acids releases H2S and other rancid chemicals. Eating foods high in proteins, such as meat, eggs, and fish, can leave behind enough amino acids in the mouth to feed an army of odor-causing anaerobes.

      Those anaerobes also feast on proteins in secretions from the nose That's why people with post-nasal drip often have halitosis. In a person with post-nasal drip, fluid from the nose continually streams down the back of the throat. Bacteria feed off this stream and release stinky H2S and other gases.

      HOW'S YOUR BREATH?
      How can you tell whether you have bad breath? A device called a Halimeter® tests for the presence of H2S and other stinky gases. Many dentists use Halimeters to determine whether their patients have halitosis. Researchers at the University of Oviedo in Spain have been working on a new halitosis test. It uses a special light to measure how much H2S is present on mouth surfaces.

      Test or no test, there are many ways to make sure your breath stays fresh all day. Here are a few:
      Drink lots of fluids to flush the tongue and keep it clean. Fluids also help prevent mouth dryness, which promotes bacterial growth.

      Rinse and gargle with a mouthwash before bed to reduce bacterial growth overnight.

      Eat a healthful breakfast, to stimulate the flow of saliva, which helps keep the tongue clean.

      Brush and floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably before bed.

      Regularly and carefully scrape the back of your tongue with a plastic tongue cleaner. Gently scraping the tongue keeps bacteria from building up.
      Remember, dude, to stay halitosis-free, forget the mints. Instead, flush, brush, and scrape your way to fresh breath.

  40. QUESTION:
    does a match have hydrogen sulfide?
    just wondering because i was holding my breath while lighting amatch and sniffed in a bunch of air just as it lit causing my nose to burn whats gonna happen now?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're typing into Y!A, you'll be fine. Most likely, your nose just got irritated from the smoke. It's not like people haven't inhaled match smoke before, especially 50 years ago, when smoking was more popular. Hydrogen sulfide is poisonous in large amounts, but not in low concentrations. If you've ever smelled a rotten egg, then you've inhaled hydrogen sulfide, and have lived to tell about it.

  41. QUESTION:
    I hate my dogs! Am I the only one who would?
    Well, they are my parents' dogs, but since I am a minor and live with them, they are like mine.

    They are both cocker spaniels. One is 9 years old and the other is 1 year old. I am SO SICK OF THEM!

    The old one:
    1. has a skin problem that never clears up no matter how much my parents try to get rid of it (I feel bad for him for that) and always gnaws at it making the most disgusting sounds

    2. because of this, he makes every room smell like rotten egg and nacho cheese (from his foot glands). He always rubs his butt on the carpet and leaves the worst smell behind.

    3. when he scratches himself, powdery (almost chalky/creamy feeling) white stuff flies into the air. This gives me really bad allergies.

    4. He sneaks into my room when I am not there (people open the door since it has no lock) and sleeps on my bed, making it unbearable to sleep in at night because it gives me allergies and smells like a rotting carcass. When I tell him to get off, he doesn't listen and bites me if I try to push him off.

    5. He goes on the couches when nobody is around and makes them smell awful. He has his own dog bed but never uses it. My parents actualy had to buy new couches because of the smell. The new couch smel lasted half a month.

    6. He pees on the carpet and my clothes.

    7. He is always whimpering and howling at night because he is itchy. I don't blame him for that, but we have tried everything the vet recommended and it still persists. I resent it.

    The young one:
    1. Follows me everywhere and never gives me a moment's peace. He has literally stayed within 1-2 feet of me since he was a puppy. It is cute at first, but it gets old when he trips me when I'm walking up the stairs or going to the toilet (he tries to attack the toilet paper)

    2. Bites and growls at everyone besides myself. I have to take him on walks when there are not many people outside or else he tries to bite small children and fight with other dogs.

    3. He jumps on me 70% of the time he is around me (which is all the time) and leaves scratches down my legs.

    4. He poops and pees everywhere.

    5. He has fleas and always sleeps under my bed at night. I have a queen size bed so it is impossible to get him out. When I wake up, he is always licking or sniffing my face. You're probably thinking "aww" but his breath smells like poop.

    6. He eats the other dog's poop. And vice versa.

    7. He makes the grossest noise when he licks himself.

    8. He has chewed up 4 pairs of my shoes, 1 leather journal, 2 purses, and peed on my new backpack.

    I try to correct their behavior with positive and negative reinforcement ("no" when they're bad and "good boy" and treats when they are good), but nobody else in my family does the same, so they don't listen. Don't tell me to talk with my parents. I've tried and they don't listen.

    I never hurt them or treat them badly, but I HATE them so much. I know that dog lovers on here will probably yel at me, but I can't stand being around these dogs. Am I the only one who would feel this way?
    Wow calm down lady. I play with them and walk them every day. I feed them and change their water every day. I even bathe the smelly one with medicated shampoo. They do go to the vet, but nothing gets rid of the fleas and skin condition.
    His skin condition also gives ME a skin condition. I forgot to mention it, but the old dog gives me eczema and allergies. I didn't choose to get these dogs, so I see no reason why I should love them. They're gross. The young one is kind of cute, but they bug the hell out of me. This has gotten too long. I'm not going to write anymore. Thank you for most of the answers :)

    • ANSWER:
      The old one probably needs a better diet. Something without corn, wheat, soy and by products. That could help with the skin problems
      He defiantly needs a vet. Dragging his butt is a sign of impacted anal glands. If they are impacted and goes without getting expressed they could rupture.
      His breath smells like poop? He probably needs a dental cleaning. Poor dental health not only causes stinky breath it can cause other health problems, like heart disease.
      The young one:Fleas? Well, they are all over your house by now. He is dropping eggs every where he goes. Talk to the vet about what to use on him...and the house & yard.
      The behavioral problems are just bad training. Some one should have bought a training book or two years ago.

  42. QUESTION:
    What causes my wifes terrible breath odor?
    Any biochemists out there that might explain this. My wife is Asian and has that enzyme deficiency that causes her to turn beet red after drinking wine. Ac0cording to what I have read online, the enzyme deficiency actually causes an excess buildup of acetaldehyde in her system. Now when she eats raw garlic on foods at meals where she also drinks wine, soon afterward she develops a terrible breath odor, much worse than just plain garlic breath (this is even after brushing her teeth and using a mouthwash). I read that acetaldehyde is a powerful bonding agent for sulfur dioxide. Since garlic contains allicin which is a sulfur compound, I think when she digests the garlic, the sulfur dioxide that is produced in her stomach chemically bonds with the acetaldehyde which the body attempts to eliminate through the lungs, kidneys and skin. Hence when she breathes, the air around her is filled with the sulfur dioxide bonded with the acetaldehyde producing this odor similar to rotten eggs. Does this seem like a reasonable hypothesis for her apparent bad breath? I'm not a scientist so this scenario is what I pieced together by researching how garlic gets it smell and the enzyme condition my wife has. But I'd like to have some expert advice on this.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth and certain gastro problems.

      I would recommend having your wife checked out to see if her stomach is functioning correctly. that would probably result in a camera down her throat. Another 3 suggestions i have would be.

      1) Genuine Aloe Vera juice with a fruit juice mix for her stomach. (Only Genuine juice and not so called 100% diluted stuff)
      2) for the stomach again and the immune system: Colostrum. Simply excellent, natural and harmless.
      3) MMS: miracle Mineral Solution: Mix 6 drops of MMS to 30 drops of citric acid and leave standing for 3 minutes before mixing with some water. This is a complete anti bacterial solution for the oral regions and a perfect mouth wash. Infections in the mouth can be treated by using a soft toothbrush to brush the teeth and gums with the MMS mix as explained above. Any other bacteria in your wife's body will also be killed by MMS. Take a look a the sites mentioned below for information on Colostrum and MMS. you can download a free eBook about MMS which explains completely what it is, it's uses, benefits and where to get the best MMS.

      Hope this information helps you

      Lots of success.

  43. QUESTION:
    rotten egg smelling burps?
    i have been eating alot cookies candy soda annd just over eating andn today i wokeup with like a upset stomich and this rotten egg burp thing what is it is it bad and how do i get rid of it one of myfrinds said that gas pills will help

    • ANSWER:
      Do a body cleanse. You have too much toxins in your body. That is what causes bad breath. If you cleanse your tissues you will find that it will get worse for a few days and then finally go away but you will feel great after you cleanse.

  44. QUESTION:
    Really Bad (toilet) Breath?
    I've dated a couple of women whose morning breaths smelled like s--- literally, and it's hurting my view of her diet and lifestyle. I don't think breath is bad after eating onions, garlic, or even smoking because that's temporary and come from what goes in the mouth. But "toilet breath" comes from inside the body.

    1. Why is this from a small portion of people? and what can be taken,

    2. or what eating habits can be used to change this?

    • ANSWER:
      Halitosis, or most commonly bad breath are terms used to describe noticeably unpleasant odors exhaled in breathing – whether the smell is from an oral source due to bacteria or otherwise. Halitosis has a significant impact – personally and socially – on those who suffer from it or believe they do (halitophobia), and is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.

      Origins
      [edit] Mouth

      There are over 600 types of bacteria found in the average mouth. Several dozen of these can produce high levels of foul odors when incubated in the laboratory. The odors are produced mainly due to the anaerobic breakdown of proteins into individual amino acids, followed by the further breakdown of certain amino acids to produce detectable foul gases. For example, the breakdown of cysteine and methionine produce hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan respectively. Volatile sulfur compounds have been shown to be statistically associated with oral malodor levels, and usually decrease following successful treatment.[6]

      Other parts of the mouth may also contribute to the overall odor, but are not as common as the back of the tongue. These locations are, in descending prevalence order: inter-dental and sub-gingival niches, faulty dental work, food-impaction areas in-between the teeth, abscesses and unclean dentures.[7]
      [edit] Tongue

      The most common location for mouth-related halitosis is the tongue. Large quantities of naturally-occurring bacteria are often found on the posterior dorsum of the tongue, where they are relatively undisturbed by normal activity. This part of the tongue is relatively dry and poorly cleansed, and bacterial populations can thrive on remnants of food deposits, dead epithelial cells and postnasal drip. The convoluted microbial structure of the tongue dorsum provides an ideal habitat for anaerobic bacteria, which flourish under a continually-forming tongue coating of food debris, dead cells, postnasal drip and overlying bacteria, living and dead. When left on the tongue, the anaerobic respiration of such bacteria can yield either the putrescent smell of indole, skatole, polyamines, or the "rotten egg" smell of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) such as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, Allyl methyl sulfide and dimethyl sulfide.
      [edit] Cleaning the tongue

      The most widely-known reason to clean the tongue is for the control of bad breath. Methods used against bad breath, such as mints, mouth sprays, mouthwash or gum, may only temporarily mask the odors created by the bacteria on the tongue, but can not cure bad breath because they do not remove the source of the bad breath. In order to prevent the production of the sulfur-containing compounds mentioned above, the bacteria on the tongue must be removed; as must the decaying food debris present on the rear areas of the tongue. Most people who clean their tongue use a tongue cleaner (tongue scraper), or a toothbrush. Ergonomic, specially designed tongue cleaners are a lot more effective (collecting and removing the bacterial coating) than toothbrushes (which merely spread the bacterial accumulations on the tongue and in the mouth)[citation needed].
      Gum disease

      There is some controversy over the role of periodontal diseases in causing bad breath. Whereas bacteria growing below the gumline (subgingival dental plaque) have a foul smell upon removal, several studies reported no statistical correlation between malodor and periodontal parameters. Nose

      The second major source of bad breath is the nose. In this instance, the air exiting the nostrils has a pungent odor which differs from the oral odor. Nasal odor may be due to sinus infections or foreign bodies.

  45. QUESTION:
    I'll share this email frm a friend.......................He He?
    Here's a handy list to print out and carry with you at all times. Next time ya rip one and someone asks, "what was that?", you can now explain!

    Silent But Deadly (SBD) Fart The type that remains totally inaudible, yet somehow causes all the occupants of a room to collapse. Can smell like anything, nasal investigators rarely have time to distinguish an odour.

    Eggy Fart Smells very much like rotten eggs (or Hydrogen Sulphide). A powerful odor which tends to put people off lunch. Often rips out in the fashion of a Bunbuster.

    Windy Fart The sort of fart which goes 'Whoosh', and is more felt than heard. A little like an SBD, but louder and considerably less toxic.

    Growling Fart Happens deep within the rectum (and therefore has no smell). Somehow never meets the light of day. Tends to growl like a dog at the vets.

    Worrying Fart The kind which seems to be a fart right up to the point at which you release it. At this stage matters become less sure, as it feels too solid for comfort. You go to the bathroom and check your underpants at the next possible opportunity.

    Present (a.k.a 'Time I Wasn't Here' Fart) The type of fart which seems harmless, but then brings a small poopie as a housewarming gift.

    Trouser Ripping Special Sends seismic ripples to the next city. Rips the back of your pants. This fart genuinely hurts, and you can still feel it 20 minutes later. Anyone sitting nearby at the time will suffer hearing loss.

    Escape Pod Fart You think you got away with this one. You forced it out as silently as possible, and nobody heard. You take deep sniffs through your nose, as discreetly as possible. You smell nothing but your deodorant. Then 30 seconds later, as if released from a stasis field, everyone starts to cough and splutter. You point to the person next to you and try to look innocent.

    Sphinctal Napalm Tends to occur a few hours after a hot curry. Nevermind the smell, worry about the burning sensation and the nasty stain you know it must have left.

    Underwater Fart Often done in the bath, or while swimming. Sounds like the engine of a nuclear sub. Can be smelt on rising to the surface,

    Gunshot Fart Gunshot farts sound just like a gunshot.

    Stalker Fart Occurs when you leave the room to politely fart elsewhere, and save people the trouble of breathing your flatulent devils breath. You go back into the room, but LO! The foul nasal bombardment has followed you
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    • ANSWER:
      This really isn't the place for non-question telling of things that you seem to find humorous, but I will help you out in your quest for bettering your intellect.

      See webpages below.

  46. QUESTION:
    A question for doctor's?
    I was wondering if you could give me some advice about a problem I have.

    A few months ago I noticed that so often when I visited my mum she would complain of a bad smell like rotten eggs or a fecal smell. I found it strange how she seemed to complain about this nearly every time I went up. I could sit in the same room as her and after an hour or sometimes a few hours she would complain of the smell.

    I did some research and found that many people suffer from this, but they seem to have it worse than me. Sometimes I can sense it on me. It's not a case where as soon as I walk by someone they can smell rotten eggs, but if I was to sit in the same room as somebody they might smell it now and again as if every so often a smell emits from my body.

    Sometimes I notice a bad taste in my mouth as well. I have heard how it could be due to bad bacteria in the intestines. I have also heard it could be your liver or fish odor syndrome. But I think the food that I eat can have an effect on how bad it is, I just don't know. Can you tell me some of the possibilities of what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, I'm not a doctor, but I do know that certain food stuffs and drugs affect how your body smells. for instance if you consume a lot of garlic, then when you perspire this comes out in your sweat. The same goes for other strong spices like curry and chillies.

      Also if you smoke weed this comes out in your sweat as a rather pungent unpleasant odour which is worse if your sweat is caused by fear.

      Then your dental hygiene might be to blame. When you brush your teeth, make sure you use a reputable brand of toothpaste and not just some shop brand. Brush your teeth for a long time making sure you brush both up and down and in circles to encourage the bristles to get into each crevice and scrape out anything that might be there. Also brush both the front and back of your teeth and brush your tongue as far back as you can go without gagging. If you look at your tongue in a mirror, you will probably see what looks like a layer of white on the top of the tongue. You need to work at getting that layer all scraped off each day as this can harbour germs which cause bad breath.

  47. QUESTION:
    Celiac Symptoms?
    Hi guys, I'm hoping that someone can give me insight into what I've been feeling lately. Since around late may of last year I've been getting these strange & annoying symptoms. In late march I got an ear infection (I think water in the ear), took some antibiotics, and was ok. Then I started getting tension headaches, indigestion, and then the stomach issues started. At first, I kept having to go to the bathroom after eating. Then sometimes I wouldn't need to go at all after eating. Then I started getting "attacks" of diarrhea (occasional) that was filled with mucus, sometimes it would be bloody. When I'm about to get these attacks, I always feel a gurgling in my rectum. It looks like fat or something, and sometimes it floats on the water. I get indigestion/heartburn everyday. I always get gurgling in my throat, constant burping/passing gas, painful muscles spasms/cramps (intermittent), painful mouth sores (intermittent), dizzy spells (have gotten these since 4th grade), chills, eye pain (sharp/stabbing/ dull ache), eye floaters, in june of 2007 the eye doctor (specialist) said my eyes were a little inflamed, in feb of 2008, the regular eye doctor said my eyes were fine, my clothes are getting looser (but the scale says I weigh the same. I don't lose any weight, I just stay at the same weight), shortness of breath (sometimes turning in bed or climbing stairs causes shortness of breath), rotten egg burps (1 or 2 hours before I'm going to throw up. Had this since elementary school), Fatigue (more so than usual), ataxia (not horrible, but slightly noticeable) I always find me "catching" myself lately, panic attack symptoms (rapid heartbeat, hot flashes, chills, shortness of breath), loss of appetite, other times am starving, I usually feel worse after eating, irritable moods, headaches, tingling in my extremities, uti like symptoms when on period, menstrual irregularity (has been like this since I first got my period at age 11), constipation (hard stools tend to tear my anus), my allergies have been worse (stuffy nose, runny itchy eyes), last time I had my blood pressure checked the assistant said it was a little low (108 over something), my celiac levels were a little elevated, as were my WBC count. I get these weird sensations in my ears like high pitched ringing or fluttering wings or something. I do have ocd an anxiety disorders, but something just doesn't feel right. Everyone just disregards me saying that it's all in my mind, or that it's just IBS. I was supposed to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy done, But I'm paranoid about catching infectious diseases from unsterilized tools. Do any of you with celiac ever have these symptoms? Or do you think it could all be in my mind? It's just too many things to be all in my mind.

    * 9 minutes ago
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    Additional Details

    9 minutes ago
    I've just turned 20, and I also experience abdominal cramps/spasms.

    Thank you!

    7 minutes ago
    And also muscle weakness. When I get that "fat" stuff, it smells worse than usual.
    I did get tested for parasites, but they didn't find anything. I keep seeing these white things in my stool, and the doctor said it's food particles.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the fear of unsterilized tools should be the last thing on your mind.

      The other symptoms you are experiencing are far more serious so just go with it. The first thing I think you should do is go get checked by a medical doctor for parasite testing and blood testing done.

      Or the barium + xray because it does sound like something is already seriously amiss.

      Don't let the tools worry you, think of it this way. If you do catch anything from the tools and your fear is confirmed, the worst that will happen is they'll give you penicilin and it's gone in two days.

      Secondly I think you need to talk to a mental health professional about your fears and your disorders if you have not already.
      Sometimes worrying too much or too much stress/tension can cause symptoms to worsen.

  48. QUESTION:
    Feel like I've been hit by a truck...Celiac?
    Hi guys, I'm hoping that someone can give me insight into what I've been feeling lately. Since around late may of last year I've been getting these strange & annoying symptoms. In late march I got an ear infection (I think water in the ear), took some antibiotics, and was ok. Then I started getting tension headaches, indigestion, and then the stomach issues started. At first, I kept having to go to the bathroom after eating. Then sometimes I wouldn't need to go at all after eating. Then I started getting "attacks" of diarrhea (occasional) that was filled with mucus, sometimes it would be bloody. When I'm about to get these attacks, I always feel a gurgling in my rectum. It looks like fat or something, and sometimes it floats on the water. I get indigestion/heartburn everyday. I always get gurgling in my throat, constant burping/passing gas, painful muscles spasms/cramps (intermittent), painful mouth sores (intermittent), dizzy spells (have gotten these since 4th grade), chills, eye pain (sharp/stabbing/ dull ache), eye floaters, in june of 2007 the eye doctor (specialist) said my eyes were a little inflamed, in feb of 2008, the regular eye doctor said my eyes were fine, my clothes are getting looser (but the scale says I weigh the same. I don't lose any weight, I just stay at the same weight), shortness of breath (sometimes turning in bed or climbing stairs causes shortness of breath), rotten egg burps (1 or 2 hours before I'm going to throw up. Had this since elementary school), Fatigue (more so than usual), ataxia (not horrible, but slightly noticeable) I always find me "catching" myself lately, panic attack symptoms (rapid heartbeat, hot flashes, chills, shortness of breath), loss of appetite, other times am starving, I usually feel worse after eating, irritable moods, headaches, tingling in my extremities, uti like symptoms when on period, menstrual irregularity (has been like this since I first got my period at age 11), constipation (hard stools tend to tear my anus), my allergies have been worse (stuffy nose, runny itchy eyes), last time I had my blood pressure checked the assistant said it was a little low (108 over something), my celiac levels were a little elevated, as were my WBC count. I get these weird sensations in my ears like high pitched ringing or fluttering wings or something. I do have ocd an anxiety disorders, but something just doesn't feel right. Everyone just disregards me saying that it's all in my mind, or that it's just IBS. I was supposed to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy done, But I'm paranoid about catching infectious diseases from unsterilized tools. Do any of you with celiac ever have these symptoms? Or do you think it could all be in my mind? It's just too many things to be all in my mind.

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    Additional Details

    9 minutes ago
    I've just turned 20, and I also experience abdominal cramps/spasms.

    Thank you!

    7 minutes ago
    And also muscle weakness. When I get that "fat" stuff, it smells worse than usual.

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    Additional Details

    17 hours ago
    I did get tested for parasites, but they didn't find anything. I keep seeing these white things in my stool, and the doctor said it's food particles.
    I do have ocd and stress a lot. But this pain and stuff does not feel normal! I woke up this morning my whole body aching, feeling nauseous, weak, headaches, tired. And everyone says that it's all in my mind. I must have a pretty powerful mind then to make myself feel this horrible. I've also had an HIV test in december (7 months after my exposure) and it was negative.

    • ANSWER:
      You should try an anti-inflammatory diet

      http://www.deflame.com

      it may help you.

  49. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend has bad breath?
    My boyfriends breath can be really bad even when he brushes his teeth, 10 mins later it's terrible again. It really turns me off of kissing him. What could be the cause of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Though the causes of breath odor are not entirely understood, most unpleasant odors are known to arise from proteins trapped in the mouth which are processed by oral bacteria. There are over 600 types of bacteria found in the average mouth. Several dozens of these can produce high levels of foul odors when incubated in the laboratory.

      The most common location for mouth-related halitosis is the tongue. Large quantities of naturally-occurring bacteria are often found on the posterior dorsum of the tongue, where they are relatively undisturbed by normal activity. This part of the tongue is relatively dry and poorly cleansed, and bacterial populations can thrive on remnants of food deposits, dead epithelial cells and postnasal drip. The convoluted microbial structure of the tongue dorsum provides an ideal habitat for anaerobic bacteria, which flourish under a continually-forming tongue coating of food debris, dead cells, postnasal drip and overlying bacteria, living and dead. When left on the tongue, the anaerobic respiration of such bacteria can yield either the putrescent smell of indole, skatole, polyamines, or the "rotten egg" smell of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) such as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide.

      The odors are produced mainly due to the anaerobic breakdown of proteins into individual amino acids, followed by the further breakdown of certain amino acids to produce detectable foul gases. For example, the breakdown of cysteine and methionine produce hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan respectively. Volatile sulfur compounds have been shown to be statistically associated with oral malodor levels, and usually decrease following successful treatment.

      Other parts of the mouth may also contribute to the overall odor, but are not as common as the back of the tongue.

      Treatment

      Eating a healthy breakfast with rough foods helps clean the very back of the tongue.

      Gently cleaning the tongue surface twice daily with a tongue brush, tongue scraper or tongue cleaner to wipe off the bacterial biofilm, debris and mucus. An inverted teaspoon is also effective; a toothbrush should be avoided, as the bristles will grip the tongue, causing a gagging reflex. Scraping or otherwise damaging the tongue should be avoided, and scraping of the V-shaped row of taste buds found at the extreme back of the tongue should also be avoided. Brushing a small amount of antibacterial mouth rinse or tongue gel onto the tongue surface will further inhibit bacterial action.

      Chewing gum: Since dry mouth can increase bacterial buildup and cause or worsen bad breath, chewing sugarless gum can help with the production of saliva, and thereby help to reduce bad breath. Chewing may help particularly when the mouth is dry, or when one cannot perform oral hygiene procedures after meals (especially those meals rich in protein). This aids in provision of saliva, which washes away oral bacteria, has antibacterial properties and promotes mechanical activity which helps cleanse the mouth. Some chewing gums contain special anti-odor ingredients.

      Gargling right before bedtime with an effective mouthwash. Several types of commercial mouthwashes have been shown to reduce malodor for hours in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Mouthwashes may contain active ingredients which are inactivated by the soap present in most toothpastes. Thus it is recommended to refrain from using mouthwash directly after toothbrushing with paste.

      Maintaining proper oral hygiene, including brushing, daily flossing, and periodic visits to dentists and hygienists. Flossing is particularly important in removing rotting food debris and bacterial plaque from between the teeth, especially at the gumline. Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist).

      Maintain water levels in the body by drinking several glasses of water a day.

  50. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and bad breath?
    The right side of my throat has been hurting for couple weeks now. It hurts frquently when I swallow. What bothers me the most is that every time when I swallow, I can sense a bad smell lingering around my throat, but when I try to smell my own breath, I don't smell anything abnormal. The bad smell only occurs when I swallow. Could my sore throat be causing that?

    • ANSWER:
      You mostly got tonsillitis. This does causes bad breath. How?

      The bacteria that cause tonsillitis are almost always Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria - most people know the condition as strept throat. The infected tonsils become extremely inflamed, developing pockets of pus in the tonsillar crypts.

      When the tonsil produces pus bad breath results. Bad breath because of tonsils has a rotten meat odor that is subtly different from the rotten egg sulfur smell produced in ordinary bad breath.

      Treat the infection. You will be fine.

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