a stinky smelly skunk

Q. I have an awful problem with gas. The odor is so terrible no one would want to be around.

I talked to my doctor about it, but he said there was nothing he could give me for it because I have ulcers. I take simvastatin, Plavix, Prandin and amlodipine. Isn’t there anything I could take for this unbearable odor?

A. We are puzzled that you are not taking any medications to treat your ulcers. If they are due to an infection with Helicobacter pylori, as ulcers often are, your gas might decrease if the bacteria were eliminated. Several people treated for H. pylori with an antibiotic combination have told us that smelly gas was much less troublesome afterwards.

We have also heard that treating H. pylori may cure bad breath. Here is just such a message:

Q. I want to thank you for the information you provide in your column. When I read that the stomach bacteria H. pylori could sometimes cause bad breath, I was elated. Not only had I had a long-term problem of bad breath despite meticulous dental hygiene, I also had frequent heartburn and stomach aches.

I asked the doctor if I had H. pylori, and the test turned out positive. When I was treated, the symptoms cleared up. Thank you so much for your help.

A. Doctors have discovered that many cases of ulcers are caused by bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Curing the infection can get rid of the ulcer problem once and for all.

Not all bad breath appears related to H. pylori, but we have heard from others that antibiotic treatment helped. We discuss this and other approaches for dealing with gas  in our Guide to Digestive Disorders.

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  1. thabo
    south africa

    How can i cure bad breath .

  2. John
    Richmond, Texas

    I asked my VA doctor if he had he seen my untreated H. Pylori diagnosis(untreated), my peptic ulcer, and my hiatal hernia in my medial records when he had decided to increase my warfarin to 10 mg/day and he said he had seen the record.

    After 4 days with the higher dosage from 5 to 10 mg I returned late in the night to the VA emergency room with bleeding in urine. He then placed me back on 75 mg Clopidogrel. Urology vacuumed blood clots from my bladder and inserted a catheter for a week. I asked if they thought I needed an antibiotic and was told I did not have a UTI at the time. A week later They put me on antibiotic because when they removed the catheter I was told I now had a UTI. I had not had a UTI for 3 years. I now am having burning sensation while waiting to see if they chose the right antibiotic.

  3. Jeff

    I’ve experience gastro intestinal issues..And i am cure already..I was thinking is this the couse of me having a bad breath? Hoping can someone could helped me..

    • Terry Graedon

      It is possible that the intestinal infection is causing the bad breath. You may need your doctor to help you address the intestinal problem completely.

  4. pamarie

    I have bad breath and feel pains in my stomach sometimes. I have tried brushing my mouth but the problem just keeps getting worse. I think I have an ulcer. Please advise on what to do

  5. Vicky Waran

    Hi everyone. I have the problem of bad breath for many years and now in recent days i feel it more severe. I consulted doctor regarding this issue but they say there is no remedy. I feel like bad breath for me would be because of dry mouth or stomach ulcer. So can anyone prescribe any medication or antiboitics for my problem !!

  6. Gifty

    I have bad breath for some 20 yrs now, I took some of the medications u prescribe on line, dough my problemse has decrease,, am stile expiring bad breath

  7. juliana chirwa

    Taking a lot of water before eating in the morning can help with bad breath

  8. Abike

    I have bad breath for the past four years is really embarrassing, I feel food is stock in my troth. I have to drink a lot of water.
    Presently the condition has increased, people cover noses when I am in the public place.
    Can any body advise me on what to do?

  9. hy trnh

    Some 40 years ago I had an ulcer in Vietnam 4 mds in the family & their profs: no more alcohol. Thru my readings cabbage juice can cure a lot including ulcers.. about 6oz twice/day after 2 months no more problems. Now I have 5 oz: (with meal) of wine feeling good at 84 of age.

  10. Donnie

    People who have very smelly poop or gas, that could knock a train off the track, may have Celiac disease. That was my problem, and a totally gluten-free diet cured the stinky poo/gas, as well as other symptoms.

  11. Ark

    Great info

  12. paulbyr

    I’m glad her initial bad breath problem was cured BUT, it seems to me that her real problem is BAD DOCTOR.
    I am very aware (from personal experience) about the danger of bleeding from Plavix. Has her Dr. not heard of “bleeding ulcers? Then to have to be told by the patient to check for H. pylori sounds very incompetent since the Dr. already knew she had ulcers.
    Remember folks “what you don’t know can hurt you” but maybe what your Dr. doesn’t know can kill you.

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