Sulfur Burps

Burping also known as belching is the release of excess air in stomach through the mouth. Healthy people can expel non-smelling air after they have eaten or drunk some beverages. Burping especially one with bad smelly odor may be caused by some disorders. Excessive burping may also occur due to health problems. Egg burps also known as sulfur burps mainly occur when the body expels hydrogen sulfide gas from the stomach. This gas is produced after certain proteins are broken down in the gut. A loud burp may be released but it is usually accompanied by very bad smell and at times, the experience may cause embarrassment.


What causes sulfur burps?

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People of all ages could release sulfur and in women, it is a common thing. In pregnancy, the digestion process tends to slow down, and for this reason, food stays in stomach for longer. Gases are likely to accumulate in stomach and released through burping. A sulfur burp that comes with diarrhea and vomiting may require one to seek medical help immediately as this may be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome.


Sulfur-containing foods are thought to be a common cause for sulfur burping. People who have occasional burping, they should examine the kind of food they take. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is released during the break down of protein. The sulfur reducing microbes in gut digest the proteins thereby releasing the gas.


Complex proteins take more time to digest meaning that they sit inside stomach for long. During the time of breakdown, a lot of gas will accumulate. And because protein breakdown causes the release of hydrogen sulfides, when complex protein stay in stomach for long, it is likely to cause the egg burps.


Some of the foods that contain sulfur are such as onions, garlic, red meat, dairy products, and eggs. Reducing the intake of these foods could also reduce the sulfur burps. Recent research links a type of bacteria with sulfur burp. Helicobacter bacteria as well as Giardia parasite have been associated with gastrointestinal infections that cause the release of sulfur burps.

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A patient with any of these may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea, alongside a burp. Helicobacter pylori bacteria or Giardia causes problems within the gut and may affect the digestion system. Symptoms of Giardia are such as abdominal cramps, ulcers, vomiting, and diarrhea.


Diseases such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) may cause bloating and burping. Other diseases that are associated with burping are such as celiac disease, crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, pancreatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. The balance between bacteria and flora in intestine may be affected by the disease conditions.


People with celiac disease tend to have larger amounts of bacteria in intestine, which leads to sulfur burps. Some prescription medicines are also said to cause this problem. Medicines formulated with ingredients such as sulfur may cause one to release the hydrogen sulfur gas. Therefore, you may want to check if you are experiencing burping from a medicine you are taking. You should discuss with your doctor if you are experiencing side effects like burping after taking the medicines.


How to get rid of sulfur burps?


Treatment of sulfur burps is based on the causal factor. Many causes are associated with sulfur burping and therefore, one may need to get medical attention if the symptoms become bothersome such as burping frequently without any apparent reason. One of the ways to reduce this burping is to eliminate the foods that may be causing it.


Foods you take may cause the release of the egg burp. If you are experiencing frequent egg burps, reduce the intake of foods like eggs, poultry, red meats, bananas, avocado, tea, and coffee, vegetables like onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, and parsley. However, the body needs food and therefore it should not be deprived the right foods that power it. In the list of foods associated with egg burps, there are those that are considered unhealthy and they may need to be reduced.


Foods which have excess sugar like carbonated beverages, cookies, cakes, candies etc can cause eggy burps. Instead of carbonated water, drink fruit juices, pure water and herbal tea to improve the functioning of the digestive system. One of the best home remedies to treat sulfur burps is to drink a glass of warm water with lemon and honey in it, after you wake up in the morning. It flushes away the toxins from the body and also improves metabolism.


If you eliminate the foods and you still experience the burps, you may want to be examined by a doctor. You may be suffering from conditions like crohn’s or celiac disease. These are conditions associated with the gastrointestinal track and they can affect the digestion of proteins, which may cause the release of the gases.


In diseases like crohn’s and celiac disease, they may cause delay or lack of adequate digestion of food. Where the food is not digested properly, it may be broken down by the sulfur reducing bacteria found in the stomach causing the bad smelly gas.

People who have history of stomach burning, peptic ulcers, gastric reflux, as well as heartburn may want to visit a doctor for a checkup. They may need to be checked of Helycobacter pylori, which is the bacteria linked with sulfur burps.

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