Sulfur, Rotten Eggs Burps (Belching), Foul Smelling Gas, Foods High in Sulfur

What Is Burping (Belching)?

Burping (belching) means expelling of the air or other gases from your stomach through your mouth. Many healthy people expel some non-smelling air after eating or drinking. Various health disorders can causes excessive burping.

What Are Sulfur Burps?

The smell of sulfur (sulphur) or rotten egg burps comes from hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a gas originating from sulfur-containing proteins in certain foods (see below) after they are broken down in the stomach or small intestine by sulfur-reducing microbes.  These microbes may be normal intestinal bacteria or pathogenic bacteria.



Sulfur Containing Foods

Removing sulfur containing foods from the diet may reduce the smell of sulfur burps:

  • Sulfur containing food preservatives, like guacamola, often used on dried fruits, salads in hotels, meat in fast-food restaurants or in pre-prepared canned foods
  • Poultry
  • Red meats
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products, especially milk
  • Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, mustard, onions, pack choi, parsley, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watercress, yams
  • Legumes: beans, peas, lentils, soy, carob, jicama, alfalfa
  • Fruits: avocado, bananas, watermelon
  • Grains, nuts and seeds: corn, sunflower seeds, oats, cashews, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, coconut.
  • Tea and coffee
  • Whey proteins
  • Amino acids: cysteine, methionine
  • Vitamins B1 (thiamine) and H (biotin)
  • Certain medicines may contain sulfur (also check labels for amino acids cysteine or methionine that contain sulfur).

Sulfur Reducing Microbes

Examples of sulfur reducing bacteria and some other microbes that can use sulfur compounds from the food and yield hydrogen sulfide as an end product:

  • Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium causing chronic gastritis, gastric or duodenal ulcer, upper abdominal bloating, heartburn and burping. H. pylori is diagnosed by urea breath test; treatment is by antibiotics.
  • Giardia lamblia, a one-cell parasite, usually contracted by food or water poisoning, causing diarrhea, bloating, foul smelling burps or farts. For diagnosis and treatment read about human intestinal parasites.
  • Intestinal bacteria that are part of normal intestinal flora but can cause bloating, burping, flatulence or diarrhea when they overgrow; condition is called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) . SIBO may be also  present in lactose intolerance or fructose malabsorption. In certain diseases like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, foods may not be digested completely and can be therefore broken down by sulfur reducing bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide.

How To Get Rid Of Sulfur Burps?

  1. Remove as much as possible sulfur containing foods from your diet. This may reduce sulfur smell of burps and gas in a day or two. After that, you will still need to find the cause of belching or gas themselves.
  2. If you suspect you might have celiac disease, besides the low-sulfur diet, try a gluten-free diet (no wheat, barley and rye). If your symptoms disappear or lessen considerably within a week or two, this speaks for celiac disease.
  3. If you have history of peptic ulcer, stomach burning, gastric reflux and heartburn, visit a gastroenterologist and ask for a breath test for Helycobacter pylori. This bacterium is a common cause of sulfur burps. Treatment is with 7 or 10 day course of antibiotics.
  4. If you are bloated and have excessive foul smelling gas or loose stools with mucus, ask your doctor for a stool test for ova and parasites (O&P) since you may have infection with a parasite giardia. Treatment is with anti-parasitic drugs.
  5. If you suspect Crohn’s disease – symptoms include low grade temperature, nausea, fatigue, blood in the stool, diarrhea, bloating – visit gastroenterologist and ask for appropriate tests that may include colonoscopy.
  6. If all above tests are negative, ask for breath test for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) .
  7. Gastric emptying test may reveal slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis).
  8. Some people with gallstones reported that sulfur burps disappeared after gallbladder removal. Diagnosis of gallstones is with abdominal ultrasound or other gallbladder tests.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • To get rid of sulfur burps, sometimes you only need to remove some particular food(s) rich in sulfur, for example, Pina Colada, containing coconut cream.
  • If you have sulfur burps but NOT sulfur gas (flatulence) the cause is probably in your stomach (H. pylori infection, gastroparesis). If you suffer from both sulfur burps and gas or only sulfur gas you may have small intestinal or gallbladder disorder.
  • Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate), a popular antidiarrheal drug, binds hydrogen sulfide and removes it from the gastrointestinal tract thus reducing sulfur burps and gas. Pepto Bismol should NOT be used in children, and no longer then 2-3 weeks in adults. Pepto Bismol usually colors your tongue and stool black.

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References:

  1. Sulfur containing foods  (canarys-eye-view.org)
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  • Didadragonfly

    I had these horrible burps for years until I finally figured it out on my own.

    STOP EATING CHICKEN in ALL forms!! That is what CURED me!!

    I no longer suffer AT ALL! I can’t eat Chicken, chicken broth, etc. But its a small price to pay to live sulphur burp free! I stopped eating chicken nearly a year ago and haven’t had a SINGLE episode of sulphur burps/nausea/vomitting since!

    For your on sake, give it a try, just passing along my own experience to hopefully help others!

    • Jan Modric

      Didadragonfly,

      I appreciate you have shared your experience. Poultry is high in sulphur…Someone said that he got rid of sulphur burps after stopping drinking one coconut flavored alcoholic drink.

  • confussed

    I am 28 weeks preagnat..pass few day iv been getting egg burps never changed anything i eat. but when i go to sleep they go away but there bak by night.?

    • Jan Modric

      confussed,

      if sulfur burps are the only symptom you have, it could be from Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach, to mention only one possible cause. Have you started some new medication or supplement?

  • siouxcee

    I had rotten egg burps most of my life, they stopped 13 years ago after I had my gall bladder removed. Not one all that time, but 5 days ago i started taking Chantix to stop smoking…and they’re back :/

    • Jan Modric

      siouxcee,

      and what happens if you stop taking Chantix?

  • ombeth

    I cut out most of the Brassicaceae family about 12 years ago, especially cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts and had little to no trouble after that. I was able to eat kale and chard and had no other gassy effect of other foods, until recently. Within the past 6 months or so, I have become unable to eat tomatoes (I get severe heartburn), and garlic and onions now cause gas and abdominal pain, and the list is growing every day. Why would my body reject more and more sulfuric foods? Do I have an issue with my intestinal flora?

    • Jan Modric

      ombeth,

      apart from sulfur, fructose could be a problem. Maybe you have developed a fructose malabsorption. In this case, apples, pears, plums, peaches, dry fruits, onions would cause Here’s a list of foods that may be problematic in fructose malabsorption. Diagnosis is with a breath test with fructose.

      Other possibilities: Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

  • elliebear

    today, i was in my local oktoberfest parade dancing behind a float as a clown i hadnt eaten anything but there was a fog machine on the float. near the end after about an hour i started getting egg tasting burps and i still have them. is there any specific reason why? nothing else happens but the burps.

    • Jan Modric

      elliebear,

      the liquid used in fog machines can contain sulfur. When you inhale or ingest sulfur-containing vapour, Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach can produce hydrogen sulfide from it, resulting in sulfur (egg tasting) burps. If you have sulfur burps after eating sulfur containing foods (check examples above in the article)you may visit a gastroenterologist and ask for a test for H. pylori.

  • Erin

    Help! I have had a couple cases of these but they usually are with nausea and vomitting. This time nothing besides the burps and they are so bad for the last 48 hours my husband has been making be carry a can of Febreeze to spray the air after I burp. My diet has not changed except I have started eating more chicken lately. I’m also wondering if the seizure medication Topomax has sulfur in it? Also if it does what can I do to help with the burps because the Topomax is working to keep the migraines away. I also eat a lot of sunflower seeds but that’s nothing new. I’m suprised my son wasn’t born part Sunflower =)

    • Jan Modric

      Erin,

      both chicken and sunflower seeds are high in sulfur. Also check the other foods high in sulfur above in the article. It’s not necessary you avoid all sulfur containing foods; it is a high amount of sulfur that causes sulfur burps. Additionally, it’s possible you’ve acquired a Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach. Diagnosis is with a blood or breath test.

  • pocket

    Help! i have been getting thee egg burps for idk how long! ever since i was a kid. i also have notice my brother gets them to and just recently my husband got egg burps. should i change our diet? i do love to cook and i cook a variety of meats and pastas. what should i do. they smell so bad:(

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Pocket

      Diet could be a factor, especially since there are several people suffering with this symptom without any other signs and symptoms. If a dietary change does not alter the odor the you should see a doctor. Remember that chronic infections like H.pylori, which may be responsible for this symptom, often affects many members of the same household.

  • mplaut

    I had the symptoms and what I found that worked for me is to avoid all foods that have the preservative SORBATE (sometimes just called e200, e201, e202 or e203). Sulfites are ok. They do not bother me. Just Sorbate.

    This commonly occurs in fruit juices, soft drinks, fruit salads and other commercially prepared salads. Some sweet wines also have sorbate. (Most wines have sulfites but those do not bother me: only sorbate.)

    This was the result of a 20 year effort that finally paid off. If I am careful not to eat or drink anything with sorbate, I do not get the symptoms.

    FWIW

    • Gabrielle

      Thank you so much.

  • Jessica

    I have been experiencing these egg smelling burbs for some time now and they seem to be getting worse and worse, my husbands says that it smells like I am rotting from the inside out. I have tried to change my diet thinking that it was the foods that I was eating but that did nothing. I have heard that to stop or slow the intake of chicken and that did nothing for me, any ideas on how to get this to stop.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Jessica

      If it really is so foul that another person finds it extremely offensive, then you need to have it investigated. Most of us do not place much importance on symptoms related to burping but it can be an indication of a number of diseases. This could be related to a bacterial overgrowth in the upper parts of the small bowel, necrosis of tissue within the gut, a lung abscess and other respiratory diseases or even a slow movement of food through the upper gut as is seen in diabetics. These offensive burps may just be the first symptom. It could also be related to less serious, but equally important conditions like acid reflux, peptic ulcers and H.pylori infection.

  • Lilly

    Thanks. This has been a very helpful & informative website. My husband gets these burps that smell like he farts out his mouth. It’s aweful. Now I know where to start to get help for him. He’s taken garlic pills & they helped for a while. Mexican food seems to set it off but not all the time. We thought eggs might be the cause too. Last week he at fast food, burger, fries, etc & got them. We are at out wits end.

    • pulsev2

      Stop eating beef. Start using pepto bismol at the onset. Thank me later!

  • shay

    please help ! i get these rotten egg burps n i just know how to stop them

    • Hi Shay. It is difficult to remedy the symptom without knowing the cause. Many people do not see belching symptoms as being serious. After all, we belch several times in a day and it is more a source of amusement than concern. But foul smelling belches resembling ‘rotten eggs’ can be a symptom of some very serious conditions like gastroparesis.

      To identify the cause your doctor will have to conduct a barrage of tests if other clinical signs and symptoms do not point to an obvious diagnosis. Speak to your doctor and possibly get a referral to a gastroenterologist. What you can do on your side though is keep a food diary and try to identify foods that may worsen or ease the symptom. This can be of immense help to your doctor in identifying the cause.

    • mike

      I get these too, I tried about 4 ounces of warm water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda that seem to be working.

    • mike

      i have heard some people taking alka seltzer at the onset and it takes care of the burps and also helps with the other end of your body issues that some have. I get the burps then that means i will bein the bathroom for the next two days. What helped me with the burps, surprisingly, was 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 8 ounces of warm water. just chug it down.

  • Sean J. Gregor

    I have suffered with this on and off for a few years. Taking enzyme capsules totally eliminates it when it comes on. I’ve been taking probiotics and fiber too to help my digestive system over all, but it really seems to be the enzymes that helped.

    • Thank you for that insight Sean. Does possibly indicate a deficiency of some of the digestive enzymes, possibly linked to an underlying pancreatic/duct problem though.

  • sam barnard

    My husband has this problem too, he has particularly bad incidences of these sulphur burps if he eats late at night and if he ‘grazes’ all day as he occasionally does. His dad and his brother suffer from the same condition but they don’t know the cause either. They smell terrible and he also experiences nausea and feels quite bloated at the same time. He usually stops eating as soon as they start and goes at least 12-24 hours without food and this seems to settle things but it has happened for many years now, at least as long as I’ve known him, over 12 years, and it seems to happen much more frequently now. I can’t see any notable change in his diet which might have worsened his condition. He is quite overweight and he doesn’t have a very good diet – he doesn’t particularly eat a lot of veg and he eats a lot of confectionery, but this has been the case for a long time also. Could his weight or age be a factor in worsening this condition, he’s only 36.

    • Hi Sam. As you can see in the article above there are many possible causes. Your husband should see a doctor for further assessment and undergo tests like an upper GI endoscopy to identify any problems. Some possiblities in your husband’s case – it could be a problem with certain bacteria in the upper part of the gut which are breaking down the food he eats. Or it could be a problem with his stomach taking too long to empty. Yes,both excessive body weight and age can contribute to certain conditions that present with this symptom. There is no way of knowing for sure in your husband’s case so it is best to get medical attention.

  • Nuada

    I have had this problem for 28 years. Problem is your system is not passing food through and it sits and ferments. Only thing I know of that will help within an hour or so of taking it is a drug called *BRAND NAME REMOVED* (metoclopramide). Drug has side affects so might not be for everyone. I have had literally 20 doctors or more and none knew how to help me till one finally gave me *BRAND NAME REMOVED* (metoclopramide).

    • Hi Nuada. The brand name of the drug you mentioned has been removed by our moderator. Yes, metoclopramide is helpful for these type of complaints. It works by speeding up the emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine. However, it may not be indicated for every person with this symptoms. Each case should be assessed individually by a doctor. Thank you for your input.

  • laura

    I recently had a bought with food poisoning. Now.. every time I eat I get bloated, have rotten egg burps, excessive gas. The next day.. I am running to the bathroom all day with severe diarrhea. My husband says he wonders if I have picked up a parasite with my food poisoning. Is that possible?

    • Hi Laura. It is possible but you should see a doctor about this. A common complication of gastroenteritis/food poisoning is that the “good” bacteria in the bowels are disrupted, some overgrow (in population) and some “bad” bacteria have also taken the opportunity to colonize the gut. If you had used antibiotics, then you could have what is known as antibiotic-associated diarrhea or pseudomembranous colitis. These are just some of the possibilities for your symptoms but it is still important to see a doctor.

  • Ian Van Lange

    It also can be fruit formenting in the stomach as well , I get it a lot but Mexican can explain it too I had chilly 2 days ago and had an orange and have had gas and burps constantly but my burps smell like my farts too.

    • Hi Ian. Fermentation is a possibility but it is more a matter of the type of bacteria present in the upper gut rather than a prolonged breakdown of the food that you just ate. Normally food stays in the stomach around 45 minutes to 2 hours and then passes through into the intestine.

      The type of fermentation you are referring to naturally happens lower down the digestive tract. If it is happening so quickly and in the upper gut, the cause is more likely to be an overgrowth (not infection) of certain bacteria.

  • Jessica

    hi. I have been getting these sulpher burps on and off for the past 2 years. I am not sure exactly what foods are causing this, it seems like peanut butter, salads, and sometimes meats cause them. Even though I am not absolutly positive they are the cause. I was on antibiotics for a month but they didn’t seem to help. I have also tried alka seltzer, nothing seems to help. What should my next step be? Thanks

    • Hi Jessica. What is often not highlighted is that occasional sulfur burps are common and normal.However, if it is occurring for several days or weeks at a time then only is it a cause for concern. Since antibiotics did not seem to help then bacteria alone may not be the issue here.

      Instead it could be a combination of eating foods high in sulfur and slow gastric
      (stomach) emptying. The cause of this slow gastric emptying should be investigated. The delay in digestion is causing the food to breakdown faster than it should in the upper gut thereby allowing the sulfurous compounds to be released with the burp.

      Drinking more water when eating, walking around after a meal and eating smaller meals several times in a day could help with gastric emptying. But the problem could be due to some disease or abnormality which needs to be excluded as well. There is also the possibility that the problem may not be in the gut or with food but rather from the respiratory tract.

      Your doctor may be able to advise you further.

  • JosephnSara Abood

    Hello,

    If anyone can help me I would be eternally grateful, I have been having all these symptoms, sulpher burps, gas, and severe diarrhea, really bad stomach pains,nausea, vomiting.I feel burning as the very deep burps come up!!! The smell is so dad, my 6year old tells me to go outside to pass gas!!! The onset of this happened 2 months after having my daughter 6 years ago. For me, anything can set it off, such as soda a meal, potato salad anything with mayo, hot dogs,
    Kool-aid isnt even safe for me. etc. I have tried probitiotics . Have spent lots of money at my family doctor, GI doctor and they all conveniently blame it on my diabetes.I have had parasite test, colonoscopy all they say are fine. I am not fine and am about ready to go to UVA to see if I can find someone to help me!!!! I miss work regularly and its awful if u sleep with me, as my husband complains regularly.. Is there any doctors or anyone out there who can help me? Please facebook me, I am located northern Virginia district.

    • Hi Josephn,

      You should consider speaking to your current doctor(s) about a possible referral to an appropriate specialist. Your family doctor and the gastroenterologist may be correct in saying that this could be associated with diabetes.

      One possibility is that your stomach emptying is very slow thereby allowing the food to ferment in your stomach. This slow emptying occurs in a condition known as gastroparesis and diabetes is one possible cause. It can be confirmed with a test known as the gastric emptying study.

      Of course there may be other reasons for your condition. Hopefully the appropriate specialist can assist you further. You can read more about gastroparesis here http://www.healthhype.com/gastroparesis-stomach-paralysis-and-slow-stomach-emptying.html

  • patience

    hi! I am 26 years old, with a thyroid disorder, and have for several years smelly rotten eggs gas. Since my meds were changed I feel nauseated all day long, but especially after taking my pill in the morning. It also hurts on the right side of my lower abdomen.

    For the last couple of days the gas is painful, smells REALLY horribly and is very frequent. within an hour there are several times! I use the bathroom several times a day, so I think my bowl movements timings are Ok.

    I eat mostly vegetables, meat, fish and rice.
    I can’t eat gluten without it hurting my stomach for the last 2 years so I just stopped, I eat very little dairy products, cause that makes me more gassy, no cabbage, and other leafy stuff, no beans, no caffeine ever..lately I suffer from not being able to eat much tomatoes and potatoes, and everything with more fat in it hurts my stomach, slowly I can’t eat a thing! :/

    It is making me miserable, I love good food, I am definitely NOT overweight. I don’t know what to do with it, i have been tested for Helicobacter pylori, and it was negative.

    Now I want to eliminate this phenomena from my life to improve it. I want to be able to eat, and not fart so much rotten eggs smell! my poor husband, I don’t know how he can stand it.

    • Hi Patience. You should see a gastroenterologist. As you say you are having a problem with fats which could be indicative of a gallbladder problems. The reaction to dairy and gluten also points to lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity.

      It is also possible that your bowel motility (movement within your bowels) is slower than normal. Constipation is a common feature but from what you say you are going regularly. The prolonged time that food and wastes spend in the bowels allows for it to be decomposed even further by the normal bacteria in the bowels. As a result there is excess gas production.

      Another possibility is that there may be an overgrowth of some of these bacteria. There are several possibilities as you can see and it is difficult to say whether this is just a gallbladder problem, food intolerance, or intestinal motility disorder. A gastroenterologist will run further tests before making a diagnosis.

      Your thyroid disorder may be at the root of many of these gastrointestinal problems.

      • angie

        I have had this going on three days and it usually starts with ice cream or milkshakes but not all ice cream I can eat baskin robbins fine but dairy queen, wendys and mcdonalds ice cream or shakes make me do this I don’t eat a lot of red meat and only use milk on cereal I have had pepto for the last 3 days and not getting rid of it my stomach gets hot and my face and neck get really bright red when its coming on

  • Samantha Forgie-Barron

    Iam 33 years old and just suddenly developed an allergy to all raw fruit and vegies. .anaphylaxic shock. I have to carry an epi pen with me. The same vegies and fruits i can eat as long ad they are cooked. My allergist said hes never seen someone react to all the raw fruits and vegies like i have. Any way now for the past month i am burping horrible sulfer foul smelling burps that make me very nauseous and the gas is the same way. Its all day long and horrible. Could it have something to do with my sudden allergy? I really need some insight , i just want so relief from my gut i hate feeling nauseous all the time. Thank you

    • Hi Samantha. The allergy is very unusual. Normally symptoms like sulfur burps would not be caused by an allergy. But it is possible that the two could be related. As you can see above, gastroparesis is a possible cause of sulfur burps and there was a case study where this was observed as published on PubMed. Here’s the link http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23547733
      Uncertain whether this applies to your case. It could be your change in diet related to your allergy that may be contributing to these sulfur burps. You may want to see a gastroeneterologist.

      • Samantha Forgie-Barron

        Thank you so much! I read that link you sent and I find that helpful. I have seen a specialist once before a couple of years ago and hand a endoscope done due to ulcers. I tested negative to that pylori bacteria. This was also way before these horrible foul burps came along.

        • Hi Samantha. It would still be advisable to see a gastroenterologist now. Your health may have changed significantly since then. Some people do develop a condition known as intestinal angioedema where there is swelling in the bowel walls in much the same way as the lips and face swells with facial angioedema. It appears to be an allergic reaction but the exactly allergen is difficult to identify. You can read more about it here http://www.healthhype.com/intestinal-angioedema-causes-symptoms-diagnosis-treatment.html
          The swelling in the bowels could slow down the movement of food thereby giving it more time to ferment. This could give rise to the foul smelling burps. Of course, this is just one theory and a doctor/specialist will have to assess you further to reach a conclusive diagnosis.

  • Deborah Knapp

    Anyone coming here still looking for help, here is my story. I started having the sulfur burps so nasty my hubby said they would take the paint off the truck! Then I started having severe acid reflux and stomach pains. Even a drink of water could make me hurt like I never had before. I would also vomit. I was having diarrhea I could not control and would go through several pair of underwear a day and had to sleep on towels because I would have it while I was asleep. It was just like water. After about 9 months of suffering and doctors, I went to a new doctor who finally did an upper GI. He could not get the tube through the intestines, as it was TOTALLY closed from the stomach into the intestines and a HUGE ball of fermented food was filling my stomach. I had to have the hole to the intestines opened by ballooning and they destroyed the ferment ball. I am here today because I am having it done for the 3rd time. I have to do it about every 2 years. It is called Pyloric Stenosis. Its more common in infants, but I had scar tissue from duodenal ulcers that grew over the opening. My case was extreme, but if you are having these belches and its lasting more than a few day, especially if it includes any of the symptoms I described, please talk to your doctor!

    • Hi Deborah. Our earlier reply seems to have disappeared. Thank you for sharing your story. Pyloric stenosis is one of the causes of gastric outlet obstruction. The food that is ‘stuck’ in the stomach may then ferment and contribute to the foul odor. Your experience will surely assist others.

    • Jessica B

      Im having the exact same symptoms!! I woke up this morning for work and i thought i had to pass gas and no it was not gas so i ran to the bathroom and literally was “peeing” out of my butt and im like what the..lol its gross but ive been to the bathroom over 30x today already..im not urinating very much and while i was napping earlier i had an accident 🙁 i tried going to work but couldnt stay off the toilet even when i got there 🙁 my stomach hurts and im very nautious and vomited nasty thick brown stuff..this morning i also was burping and it tasted like rotten eggs and smelled like a fart it was horrible…all of this started at 6am all of a sudden 🙁

      • Hi Jessica B. If this just started recently then it may not be gastric outlet obstruction which is a chronic condition. You may be looking at something acute like an infection. Yes, some tummy bugs can be very severe like cholera. It will alter the normal bacterial populations in your gut and can contribute to a rotten egg or even fishy odor. Urination subsides because of the water loss through the bowels. The kidneys then try to preserve the fluid in the body by reducing urine output. Dehydration can be severe and even require hospitalization since you are passing out so much of watery stool. Hopefully it has resolved by now but if not then you need to see a doctor.

        • jaysin n

          I have had the same as Jessica B. But mine have been off and on since 99′, and have had it about 12-15 times maybe twice in a year once or twice. I think I’ve actually went over a year once or twice without it. Any ideas? J

    • Whitegardenia

      I have the burps and know I will get diarrhea! Sometimes I have it in my sleep, too. Often I do not make the toilet and tonight, jumped in the shower just before I made a big mess. Disgusting. Every test they have done is “normal”. Finally I was sent to a GI doctor but he put me on a cholesterol med. Sometimes it works…..I have only been on it two weeks. I am going to call him to make another apt and have him check what you have mentioned. Thank you so much. This has been going on for three months. I dare not eat until I am home at night.

      • Hi Whitegardenia. Thank you for your input. Please post a new question if you have one rather than responding to a question by another user, especially if it is long time ago (this was asked an answered 4 months ago). Your input is always appreciated but responding to a previous user can be intrusive, especially if it is an old comment.

        • hi my daughter 15 and she gets these about once a month we kept blaming the men for letting off bad wind till i smelt her breath once and it nearly knocked me out she also has abnormal lfts could this be related or not thanks karen.

          • Hi Karen. It depends on which of the enzymes were “abnormal” (assuming you mean high). As you can see from the article above there are many possible cause, from bacteria producing these gases to slow stomach emptying in conditions like gastroparesis and so on. It is worth having it checked up further and it may be a good idea for your daughter to consult with a gastroenterologist. However, most of these conditions would cause continuous symptoms rather than episodic as you described.

  • help me

    I’ve had these burps on and off for the past 15 years. I usually get them 3 to 4 times a year. It always starts with burps with a very slight sulphur taste, and within 24 hrs I am curled up in a ball with agonizing stomach pain. They always end with me vomiting, and I feel much better! I always let out a HUGE belch before vomiting that smells just like rotten eggs, and I’m cured. I was diagnosed with H Pylori when j was a child, I took the medicine I was given, and things were fine for quite some time. I am dealing with these burps now, and I know within the next day I will be confined to bed in dire pain, waiting to vomit. Please help! What can I do to help with these burps, I’ve heard alka seltzer, pepto bismal, but nothing seems to work if I take it too late into the 24 hrs. Please jelp!

    • Hi Help Me. As you can see from the article above, there are a number of possible causes of sulfur burps. One condition that has not been extensively mentioned above is an obstruction in the stomach outlet. This causes food to back up and ferment in the stomach thereby giving rise to sulfur burps among other symptoms. There are many possible reasons for this obstruction, some of which can be very serious and even life-threatening. Do not ignore the symptom. Speak to your doctor. It may be advisable to undergo an upper GI endoscopy but your doctor will decide further.

    • pulsev2

      Try quitting beef. And use pepto bismol at the very first sign of trouble. Had the exact same symptoms.

  • Amanda Butler

    I had NEVER had this problem until my first pregnancy. Since then so get these sulfur burps for weeks at a time often resulting in vomiting some of the most foul substance on earth. Not cool gastric system. NOT COOL.

    • Hi Amanda. While this can happen in pregnancy, it should resolve after you give birth. If it is persisting then you need to have it checked up. It is possible that the stomach outlet may be obstructed. In pregnancy one could surmise that the enlarged uterus would be doing this but after pregnancy it’s important to have it medically assessed.

  • Bre8191

    Hi so I have been doing a lot of research into my health problems I have been dealing with a lot lately and this is what I ran across after suffering from this issue about two weeks ago. So I have always had stomach problems of some sort like chronic constipation ect but two weeks ago I was experiencing my normal nausea and stomach issues till I started getting these terrible burps and acid reflux feeling. It was about two or three in the morning and my fiance said it smelled like matches… That snell when u just strike a match and it was disgusting then my normal nausea multiplied by 10 and I got this intense agonizing pain in my abdominal area followed by hours spent on the toilet. Now for years as long as I can remember my constipation is scary bad I’m talking using the restroom once a month and I have seen umpteen doctors for this issue but still no answer but on this night after I had been on the toilet for about two hours by this point screaming and my man in there with me wanting to call an ambulance about to throw up himself from the smell of my burps, I started to finally pass gas and then a crazy amount of bowl movement which suddenly became diarrhea. It was terrible I couldn’t get off the toilet for about a week! Now I’m feeling back to my normal stomach pain and constipation but still suffering from on and off smelly burps and pain but no where close to what I was experiencing. I’m hesitant to go to the doctor yet again for something to do involving my stomach because currently without health insurance and having been so many times before with no resolutions it is a waste of time in my mind but now reading some things to get tested for I’m really considering going again… Any suggestions please?!?

    • Hi Bre8191. It would be useful to have information like your age, past medical history, medication you are on and so on. Firstly we have to consider that the constipation and sulfur burps are two separate conditions. Secondly you should understand that reflux worsens in most people around the 2 to 3am mark as this is when stomach acid production increases. Belching at the time can reveal an unpleasant odor so this may not be a concern at the time. However, if you have sulfur burps throughout the day then it may be worth looking further into conditions like a blockage in the stomach outlet and so on.

      Diarrhea after persistent constipation is not entirely uncommon. Many people with constipation experience this and sometimes it could be the sign of fecal impaction. Yes, you can experience a watery stool with fecal impaction as water and some stool leaks around the hard ball of stool stuck in the colon/rectum. Both your conditions require endoscopic investigation – an upper GI endoscopy for your sulfur burps and related symptoms and possibly a colonoscopy for your constipation.

      Unfortunately this does mean having to go to a doctor and then a referral to a gastroenterologist who will conduct these investigations. Yes, it may not be anything serious but you have to consider the possibility, however small, that there could be some serious underlying gastrointestinal pathology. The risk is much greater if you are a smoker, older than 40 years or have a family history of certain gastrointestinal conditions.

  • Kathleen

    I have Crohn’s disease and IBS. I often have gas and bloating as well as occasional diarrhea. I’ve also has several episodes of bowel obstruction and illeus. For the past couple of days I’ve had gas, bloating and sulphur smelling burps. I have had this a few times over the years. What can I do to get rid of this? Like I said. I’ve had these symptoms in the past but to be honest, I can’t remember if this occurred along with the bowel obstructions or illeus because it’s been awhile since I’ve had the sulphur burps along with the gas.

  • Michelle

    Hi I have been getting these burps along with stomach pains, bloating, vomiting , gas, and terrible diearrea. Sometimes i get dizzy also.. For the past few months an lately i get like this twice a week. Its like I can’t eat anything. I have gotten to the point I’m scared to eat. I haven’t been able to pin point what or if food is causing it. It seems like everything I eat causes it from meats to salads. I was only getting like this once a month. Then twice a month to once a week, now I’m getting sick like this twice a week. It only last 24 hours and goes away. Any advice would be helpful. It is getting in my way of my regular daily routines as a mother of two children. Because I get bed bond from how sick it makes me. Thanks

    • Hi Michelle. An acute condition like you have described is usually related to an infection. It is possible that this is a repeated infection. As you say you are symptom free for weeks or at least days before it recurs. Conditions like gastroparesis would present with similar symptoms but would be persistent, as would small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). IBD and IBS would be other considerations. Gallstones could account for some of the symptoms. It is difficult to say for sure and you should be consulting with your doctor and hopefully be seeing a gastroenterologist as well at this point.

      • Barbara Barfield

        Some of these ppl. need to spray LYSOL on the door knobs & everything anyone touches sink faucets inside and outside door knobs everything if your getting it every 24 hours !! Oh I’m not being mean or smart either.

  • Sam Zendik

    I had this problem for a while and I clearly remember the 1st bout. This horrible event came and went over two decades and I realize last year what it was. How many of you are on opiate pain pills? I was on them the entire 20+ years I had to deal with these rotten egg burps. Here’s the deal. If you been taking these poisonous evil things for 10 or more years your body and become dependent. If you try and keep your dose down while your body is craving more you will have placed yourself on a never-ending withdraw which these burps are a major part of. I went into detox last year and these burps were a major part of that event and got even worse when I finially detox’d it all out of me. Now I get to deal with post acute withdraw symptom. At my year mark of being off the pain pills I had a PAWS event where the rotten eggs burps came back for a week while going through that. If you are on opiate pain pills and have these burps then that’s what causing them.

    • Hi Sam. Thank you for your input. Your story will surely help others with a similar problem. We need to advise readers not to stop any prescription medication that they may be taking unless they have first consulted with a medical doctor and have been advised accordingly.

  • Rachel

    I need help please im not sure what to do. So tuesday i had really bad sharp stomach pains and then followed by diarrhea and this has been going on now for four days along with the rotten egg burps too. The stomach pain comes and goes but im barley eat and i still cant stop going to the bathroom. Im fatigue. My stomach is bloated. I dont understand what should i do

    • Hi Rachel. If it started up so suddenly then it is most likely viral or bacterial gastroenteritis. Most of us are used to viral gastroenteritis (the stomach flu) lasting for 2 to 3 days. Sometimes the symptoms like diarrhea can persist for much longer like several weeks. You should be consulting with a doctor at this point. The fatigue you are describing could be due to the infection spreading or it could also be due to dehydration. Your doctor will advise you further.

  • pulsev2

    My whole family got this condition. Its from eating beef. It took a while to figure it out. Smells that bad can only come from meat, not veggies. We eliminated beef. Found pepto bismol negates the bad chemicals and smell. I had a small amount of well done beef lastnight for the first time in months. Woke up with foul smelling gas and stomach pain just starting. Took a good dose of pepto. Works like a charm. Otherwise, it would be severe stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting most of the day. when i had this condition in the beginning, i thought it was swine flu. Then it would happen more and more often. I would have to call in sick for work. Now after i found pepto, i can go to work and be ok. But it never happens anymore, unless i eat beef. Never again!

    • Hi Pulsev2. Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully your experience will help others with a similar problem. The exact link between these symptoms and beef is unclear but if it helped you then that’s great!

  • Mimi Dawn

    I have been sick in bed for 2 months now with what everyone thought was a bad gallbladder… I have been experiencing every symptom on a bottle of Pepto Bismol and then some + pain in my side, where your gallbladder is, since late January. I got in to see a gastroenterologist after the emergency room could not find anything wrong with my gallbladder and got very confused. In the first 10 minutes of the appointment with the gastroenterologist she had all but guaranteed me that I have gastroparesis. Of course that’s to be confirmed with a barrage of tests over the next few days including several stool tests, a gastric emptying study, an endoscopy and a colonoscopy just to rule out any other possible causes apparently I am pretty textbook for gastroparesis though… especially being a former cancer patient that has had radiation to my chest and abdomen and chemo both times I got cancer, had 40+ surgeries after my car accident 9yrs ago that left me handicapped and on meds and epilepsy that is treated with meds. I have already switched over to a diet that is advisable for someone with gastroparesis and it’s not helping, nor are any medications which leaves pretty limited options after that, including a soft or liquid diet, which someone that’s 31 years old is not trying to do. I honestly figured when I first started to get sick that this would go away on its own… Now I’m looking down the barrel of another life changing illness. Please don’t wait, if you have any of the symptoms listed above please go see a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. Nobody likes handing off a stool sample or anything but the majority of the tests are pretty painless and minor by comparison to the damage you could do letting these things go.

    • Hi Mimi. Thank you for sharing your story. It is always advisable that a medical specialist be consulted in the event of chronic symptoms that are not resolving or even easing with treatment after 3 to 6 weeks. It’s not always about an incorrect diagnosis by your family doctor but rather the need for specialist management of certain chronic cases after the proper investigations have been done.

  • Michelle Clem

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I was diagnosed with gastroparesis – slow emptying of the stomach – when I was 16, and it has a tendency to go away and come back. There’s a medication called Reglan (Generic: Metaclopromide) that stimulates stomach movement, emptying the stomach…I always have a script for them, so I always have them on hand. They take away the sulfur smell and taste, and also help with nausea that always seems to come with the other symptoms of gastroparesis. I had to have an endoscopy to be diagnosed, but the Reglan seems to take it all away for me!! Good luck!!

    • Hi Michelle. Thanks for your contribution. Yes, metoclopramide is quite effective in gastroparesis because it speeds up gastric emptying, the opposite to what happens with gastroparesis.

  • Schmidt

    Hello. I have a 10 year old son who suffers from the smelly gas and burps but he also has chronic bad breath. We have tried some things because as a child there were only regular tests taken and all came in clear. He used to suffer from stomach pain very often but that seemed to go away as we lessened the amount of sugar/carbs he consumes. But, the rest of the gassy smells continue. I am ready to go to the doctor again about this after 3 years from his last visit but I want to approach this well so the doctor takes time to really dig for a source of his issues. Any tips and advise?

    • Hi Schmidt. These type of symptoms can be due to a number of different conditions. It is difficult to say for sure. It would be advisable that you consult with a gastroenterologist instead of just your family doctor. More intensive investigations can be conducted to reach a possible diagnosis. It would also be advisable that you keep a food and symptoms diary to see whether there is any correlation between specific foods and the worsening of the symptoms. This information can help the gastroenterologist narrow down to certain conditions.

  • Brad

    Pepto works for me if I get them and I get it from too much tap water and nearly every time I eat even a small amount of avocado. Hope that helps

    • Thanks for your input Brad. Hopefully it will help other readers.

  • Brad

    I also would recommend avoiding fast food. Sushi. Chinese Buffets. Avocado(especially). Bananas. These are what seem to have a impact on my “sulfer burps” again Pepto Bismo. Is a miracle if taken asa you notice you have the burps. Good luck

  • Tinker Mellinkoff

    Charcoal tablets will solve the problem take 3 and its gone. Will stabilize the bacteria and stop the diarrhea and gas..

    • Hi Tinker. Thank you for your contribution. Activate charcoal tablets is very helpful in absorbing gases and toxins as you correctly mentioned. However, it will not stop the bacterial action or growth. This may require the use of antibiotics and/or probiotics.

  • Sean Moore

    I have suffered with this problem for many years. I have been seen by Doctors, tried different antibiotics, and nothing ever worked. About a year ago, I talked to my pharmacist at Rite Aid. She told me that she too had suffered with the same problem. She told me to try GNC’s super digestive enzyme capsules. Problem gone! time I get that disgusting taste and smell after a burp, I take 2 capsules after each meal. It will taper off throughout the day, and they will be gone completely by the next morning. I know how disgusting and in barrassing this condition can be, so I hope this can help some of you out.

  • emma

    I just got the flu on Monday, and felt fine on Tuesday, but today I feel like i did on Monday, just with these burps… I NEED HELP!!!
    Oh and now I am gassy in my butt too!

    • Hi Emma. Sometimes the initial flu feeling may not be the seasonal influenza but a viral tummy bug. Usually symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps would start up. But in very mild cases these symptoms may not always be present apart from subtle signs like gassiness. Your body could be overcoming the bug even before it could cause any major symptoms. Of course, we cannot say for sure and this is just one possibility. If it is persisting or getting worse then it would be a good idea to see a doctor.

  • jenn

    I have been getting sick almost every 4 weeks for the past 6 months. It starts with the taste of sulfer in my mouth , then I start burping it. Then for the next two days I’ll be vomiting, having diarrhea, and completely out of it. I don’t have health insurance but am concerned that its reoccurring exactly every 4 weeks. What could it be?

    • Hi Jenn. There are several possible causes as mentioned above in the article. Two possibilities that you may want to consider is gastroparesis and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Gastroparesis is unlikely to be so cyclical in nature, only arising every 4 weeks. Even with SIBO to some extent. It’s timing seems more likely associated with the menstrual cycle. This definitely needs to be assessed further, preferably by a gastroenterologist who would need to run further diagnostic investigations.

  • Kayleigh Schalk

    I’ve been getting these sulfuric burps for 15 years now. Out of the blue, I will get this feeling, and it feels like a brick just sitting in my stomach and I will start burping. I don’t have gas with this, just burps. So far I haven’t found something that helps at onset, or the cause. I’ve found certain foods and smells can onset these burps, but no doctor has even tried to help. I remember the first time I got these. I was 6, and my mom was so scared she took me to the local hospital. They gave me a flu pack or something similar, to no avail. About 7 years ago my mom and her mother started to get the same burps. Is there any cure for this? I’m so tired of not being able to do certain things because I’m sick or having burps.

    • HI Kayleigh. It is important to first verify whether there is any underlying problem like one or more of the conditions discussed above. This would require further tests to be done my a specialist like a gastroenterologist. Certain foods are known to cause this type of burps but it wouldn’t necessarily explain why it has been ongoing for such a long period of time. However, it does give one possible reason why both you and your mother are experiencing this. There could be a genetic condition which could be causing this in both you and your mum but the only way to know for sure is have a specialist assess you and possibly your mum as well.

  • Alguerra

    I used to have some of theses same issues. Spoke to my primary care doctor and she basically dismissed it and never tried to help. It would start with horrendous burps and then the next day I would have the worst smelling diarrhea it took me a long time to figure out that it was lactose intolerance. I started taking digestive advantage for lactose intolerance once a day for a few months. I no longer take it anymore and I have not had a problem with dairy or lactose containing food for years now

  • Michael Evans

    I suffered from terrible sulfur burps and vomiting. I did every medical test possible, had my appendix and gall bladder taken out, and still no relief. The attacks would last 2-4 days at a time. Doctors couldn’t help but thought something in my digestive tract went to sleep for a period of time. I have totally solved this by taking Papaya enzymes (papain). I just buy the chewable pills which are much better than actual creamed papaya that I originally started with. Saved my life and I haven’t had an attack in over two years. But if I stop taking the papaya for 2 weeks, I can totally feel it coming back on. Please try it. It is/was a God-send for me.

    • Hi Michael. Thanks for your input. Hopefully it will help some of our readers after they have gone down the medical route with no success.

    • Jordan

      Hi Michael, (& HealthHype)
      thanks for sharing, & thanks a whole lot more if this does help. I just read your comment but after reading through most of the other comments for a while i have noticed that i have tried almost all possible recommendations, with no satisfaction. I figure this is worth a try. However i wanted to ask you if you had a pain in your right side? & if you generally felt ‘sick’. My right side feels like there’s a ball or something going to pop if i move the wrong way..

      The feeling is consistent & has intensified with time (2years). Though the pains “level” is inconsistent, & rises as i need to have a bowel movement. It has gotten to the point where i will know when i need to have another crap by the growth of pain- before even feeling the feeling of’ well- having to take a crap.. Nothing shows up on my ultrasounds or on the results of blood tests my doctor sends for. & as well sistering this are the symptoms of having ‘loss of energy, a pure lethargic feeling & general state of nausea (which the nausea & pain are the hardest for me to tolerate). From the results & since i am Bipolar, & my age (24) my doctor tells me most of it is due to stress.

      Though what i don’t understand is that when i read of crohn’s disease, it says it is very common in young adults.. So it feels kind of hopeless speaking with him or i become a statue not able to speak for myself, ridden by anxieties. &well i was diagnosed as a child & have lived over half of my life with bipolar. These last few years the discomfort i have felt, has not been like anything i have felt before. Just by experience i can tell when i’m cycling or the onset of an episode. This feels totally irrelevant to my bipolar disorder. Unless somehow it may not be?

      Also my ‘sulfur burps’ are outright awful.. It’s just i’m more silent in person and well the ‘sulfur’ burps only appear for a couple days; about once or twice a month. I don’t want to, but can deal with these just for the moment. figure fixing my pain & sickness may help cease the foul smell. Did the Papaya enzymes (papain) help with your stomach pain / state of nausea? (if felt) &thank you for sharing; &if you read all of that, sincerely thank you & take care.

      Jordan

      • Tanya

        Jordan, I can’t tell by your posts if you are male or female, so based on your comment regarding ‘cycling’, I’m going to assume you are talking about a menstrual cycle. If you are male, then no need to read the rest of this post.

        I used to have the same type of bowel problems, not so much the burping, but the bowel movement warning, the nausea, the vomiting, the severe pain, the knowledge that if you needed a BM, you needed to stop NOW, not in 3 minutes, but right now. After complaining for 10 years and passing every test I was ever sent for, a new doctor discovered I had endometriosis, which was severe enough to require surgery, fairly quickly (3 months from initial diagnosis to operating room).

        My surgeon found that my colon was folded back on itself and fused, basically everything that took that way out had to make a 360 degree turn before exiting, the severe pain was from my colon stretching for the fecal matter to make that corner. Ever since he freed my colon I don’t suffer from the extreme pain, the nausea, I have better menstrual cycles, and generally I am feeling much, much better. I suggest you ask to see a Gynecologist, to see if you too may be suffering like I was. Endometriosis sounds scary, but it can be relatively easy to manage, there is only one cure, a complete hysterectomy, which you are too young for, but there are other ways to manage it.

        Best of luck and I hope you feel better soon.

  • bonnie

    I have burps that smell like farts and i have had this for over a month

    even when i eat nothing or very little they still smell. I also have bloating and very bad constipation i feel like something it wrong with my bowels i have IBS,. gastric reflux, colitis. My stomach is starting to hurt me some i have lots of gas also it is starting to worry me something is not right Help please! thanks

    • Hi Bonnie. You need to see a gastroenterologist (digestive specialist) who can run further tests and ascertain a possible cause. Some of the possibilities here are a bowel obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease and so on. Really difficult to say on the symptoms alone. You can help the specialist by keeping a food diary and noting whether any foods tend to worsen or trigger these symptoms.

  • Kimberly

    If you eat too much can you get these burps? I had chips, cookies, 2 or 3 cans of flavored water, 2 sausage and biscuit entrees, cup of macaroni, fun size candy bar, milk, and a couple sips of mango coconut water. All of that w/ in 2hrs. I have an eating disorder that’s why it is so much.

    • Hi Kimberly. The mixing of such a range of different foods and the simultaneous digestive processes can give risk to otherwise unusual odors. This may be more pronounced with air swallowing that can arise if you eat very fast, which occurs among some people who binge eat. The air is passed out along with the other gases produced as mentioned above. However, it is important to verify whether there are other underlying causes as well. Eating disorders are not without complications and some can be very serious so you should follow up with a gastroenterologist. Needless to say, you should also seek treatment for your eating disorder.

  • Mia

    For the past 3-4 months maybe longer I’ve lost track I haven’t been able to have a bowel movement without some form of help of a laxative which I do 2x a month. Just recently I’ve started having really foul gas and burps, which clears the room. I don’t eat very much and exercise a few times a week. Stress levels are usually pretty high. Also stomach bloats out so much. I’m so tired of dealing with this not sure what else to do..

  • Johanna

    My 10 year old son wakes up in the middle of the night and throw up but it smells like feces. The next couple of days he’ll burp and smell the same. This happens about once a year. What can this be?

    • Hi Johanna. The fact that this happens just once a year is unusual. If it was frequent then it could be related to some medical condition, dietary or lifestyle factor. But an incident just once a year does not conclusively point towards this. It is important to take note of what happens prior to these incidents – like what he ate or did. However, it will be difficult to find a pattern that may be useful in diagnosis solely based on an episode that occurs so infrequently. Nevertheless speak to your family doctor or a pediatrician.

  • Megan

    I know this is an old post… My baby who is six years old.. Has been having this chronically for the past three months I don’t know what to do there seems to Be no exact cause… Every time he burps it is chronic rotten egg smell(sulphur burp) he says it is starting to hurt when he burps… And it makes him sick… Any ideas? I’m begins here to help him… I’m scared he has an underlying problem… This has been going on for months now at first I thought well maybe he just isn’t brushing his teeth good but that’s not it at all… Please email me at MeganjonestxATyahooDOTcom put sulphur burp as the subject line so I can find easily

    • Zoe

      Megan, I have had this very same thing at a very young age, I too was only about 6 or 7 years old, maybe younger, I just don’t remember. But mine was so bad that I had/have to curl up fetal position on the bathroom floor and cry. I’ve went to emergency rooms ever since I was a baby, and they just did ultrasounds and they couldn’t find anything, they told me I had ulcers, and gerd, gave me a cocktail of some different medicines and sent me home, I am now 20 years old and still get this on a regular basis, last night in fact was my second or third one this month, and all I ate all day yesterday was cinnamon toast. Back in December I got tired of getting these flare ups so often I made an appointment with a GI specialist and they put a scope down my throat and they found nothing except mild gastritis. I don’t believe that is true because these symptoms are way to severe to just be “mild” everytime I get a flare up, it starts with the burps, I can always tell I’m about to get sick when my burps smell so bad, but I don’t have diarrhea, I do have some gas at the other end but it doesn’t smell like my burps, it’s just normal. Then I throw up from how horrible the burps taste/smell and I throw up a real thick brown, almost black vomit. Then after that I get the excruciating pains right in the middle of my upper abdomen, so bad like I said I curl up in fetal position and cry, and if they are really bad, like last night, I almost want to pull my hair out. Now I’ve been doing everything that I’m supposed to, I stopped drinking sweet tea, it’s been about 1 week and a half that I didn’t drink any tea, I don’t eat spicy foods, I don’t like chicken, nuts, I eat a lot of cereal and I have been like “craving ” bananas really bad the past couple of weeks. Do you think I should go to another GI specialist? Is there any type of surgery I can get done to stop this, because I am so fed up with feeling like this I will get any surgery that I have to to end this now, please help me!

  • sands

    I worry I might have a parasite. Can I still breast feed safely?

  • Rashed

    Hey.. Before 4 days ive gotten the rotten egg burp and then it went but it recently came but this time with diahriaa plz tell me what to doooo

  • Dallas

    What foods can I eat if I am trying to stay away from sulfur containing foods

  • Cairrean

    I have minor lactose intolerance, and I get this when I eat too much dairy in a given day. It’s usually gone by the time I wake up the next morning, and I usually keep peppermints nearby to help tolerate the taste. The first few times were accompanied by major stomach pain for a few hours before I vomited, which got rid of it completely. It hasn’t been that bad since, and as long as I avoid Cheddar chips they don’t usually happen.

  • Denise

    Hi I am suffering badly with fowl smelling gas and my breath is smelling of feaces. My personal hygiene is very high on my list. I constantly wash myself and brush my teeth because of this, nothing helps. I see my dentist every 6 months and everything is normal. I was told by my GP that I have IBS but have not had a proper investigation. Iv lost my career because of this and i have depression. Does anyone know what it is please?

    • Hi Denise. There are many possible causes as you can see from the article above. It could be a condition like gastroparesis where food doesn’t empty from your stomach fast enough and therefore ferments in your stomach. But it could also be a throat or even a lung problem. It is really difficult to say for sure through an online platform. It may be a good idea to consult with a medical specialist as this point. Possibly start with an otorhinolaryngologist (ENT specialist) and move on from there. Many gastrointestinal conditions can present in a similar manner to IBS. Therefore various investigations should be conducted to first exclude these other diseases before IBS is confirmed as a diagnosis.

      • Denise

        Thank you for the advice I appreciate it.

  • George Marquez

    My daughter is 17 months old,she just started burping, and passing gas when she visited her mom. Her mom said it started after she fed her eggs for breakfast. It hasn’t stopped since. Its been 2 days now. Smells like rotten eggs. What can I do?

  • Willow

    I get these burps and have had them on and off for about 2 years. When I get them they are accompanied by bloating flatulence that doesn’t smell as bad gurgling of my stomach feeling like I am about to have diarrhea occasionally having diarrhea but usually constipated my stool occasionally has blood and mucus not sure if it’s Crohn’s but I also get a little nauseous I don’t know what to do

  • Shianne

    I ate hamburgers on Friday night with meat that I purchased at our local family fresh. On Saturday morning when I woke up I experienced the burping. Then as Saturday progressed, the diarrhea started. Now it’s Sunday, and I’ve been throwing up brown liquid for about 3 hours. I just took pepto So I am hoping that helps. I’ve never had these before so I’m assuming it’s just the meat that I ate. What also seems to help ease the discomfort is a heating pad on my stomach.

  • Emilywem

    I had this problem a few days ago, where I woke up one morning with horrible, rotten egg burps and really painful stomach and gut ache, and slightly loose stools. I couldn’t eat anything, but I wasn’t throwing up much, suggesting I didn’t have a bug of any sort. After a while, I thought it had gotten better, but during the night, I was woken up with much worse pain, and I’d tried everything I could to make me feel better. But, nothing was working, so in the end, I called 111 (UK NHS non emergency number), and after talking to a number of people about my symptoms, I was told that I had a slight pH imbalance in my stomach, so it was more acidic than normal. But, since it was only slight, it didn’t burn and feel like indigestion, it just irritated my stomach and made it swell up. My gut ache and loose stools was from acid trickling through my intestines and irritating them. I was told not to take any ibuprofen, as this would make it much worse, but I could take paracetamol. I was then told to drink peppermint tea, if I had any, or about 50-100ml of milk, to coat the lining of my stomach, to soothe it. This really helped me, and in the morning, I was pretty much back to normal, and I could eat and get on with my day. I had had this a few times in the past, but not quite as bad as this time. I hope this can be helpful to people who may have experienced a similar problem.

  • Chele

    Hello, I have suffered with this since the late eighties. I have talked to a dentist and several doctors. I have all the same symptoms such as belching, egg smell coming from my mouth, burning in my stomach, bloating, and feeling nausea. Certain foods makes it worst. I get tired of people covering there nose because of my breath. It really makes me feel some kind of way because I brush my teeth all the time and I floss.

    • Hi Chele. You may want to follow up with a gastroenterologist. Your symptoms could be related to a condition known as gastroparesis where the stomach is not emptying properly and food is fermenting in your stomach. This is just one possibility and as you can see from the article above there are a host of other causes. However, many of these other causes would not have lasted for such a long time without presenting with additional symptoms by now.

  • Carrie R

    My son was having issues with sulfur burps and diarrhea for about 8 months. FINALLY we found that 1 dose of Kaopectate gets rid of the sulfur burps almost immediately and the diarrhea subsides after about an hour or so. We believe his issue, is eating too much sugar or starch the day before. He has cut down on that as well but if he happens to have an episode, the Kaopectate takes care of it. He hasn’t had one of these episodes in about a month. And before that nearly a month had passed as well. He was having these episodes every week at least once a week for the past 8 months. It was horrible.

  • Teresa Lyn

    I know this article is from about 3yrs ago but I wanted to share my experience and what I found after yrs of suffering that has finally helped.
    I started having problems with sulfur burps after I had my gallbladder out several yrs ago. I could go several mos between episodes. It would always start with the sulfur burps and go to nausea, vomiting and sometimes add diarrhea. At first my dr kept telling me it was just gastroenteritis, a stomach bug basically, but almost 2yrs ago now we finally found, after having radiology testing done, where they add a tracking solution to water one day and scrambled eggs another day, they can tell how long it takes your stomach to empty. In other words, gastroparesis, slow/delayed stomach emptying, which can be caused by diabetes which I don’t have, long term narcotic pain killers which I do take, and also by trauma to the abdomen by surgery like say gallbladder removal which I mentioned. (Btw, I quote these reasons for gastroparesis from memory and they may not be the only possible causes for it and my wording is not strictly medical terms, please look it up on a reputable website or ask your dr.)
    A yr ago I came across an article on bezoars in the stomach (google it if you’re curious) and how doctors sometimes use enzymes (namely papaya enzymes, papain, protease, bromelain etc) to break them up and I decided to try this for my stomach and it worked. Even if I’ve gotten the sulfur burps and nausea the enzymes have kept me from getting to the other stages. I took a dose as soon as I first got the burps and took another dose of the enzymes 2hrs later and it went away. They can be taken before you eat or after, it doesn’t matter. Now I take them whenever I feel as if I may have eaten too much or know I may overindulge in a favorite food. With gastroparesis you’re supposed to eat several small meals a day similar to a diabetic though there are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat though carbonated beverages aren’t recommended. On another note, gastroparesis can cause blood sugar problems because of the food being delayed in leaving the stomach. As my dr told me it’s a vicious cycle. Gastroparesis causes blood sugar problems and is aggravated by blood sugar problems.
    I’m assuming that like bezoars the digestive enzymes break down food even if the stomach is slow to empty so that it’s not producing excessive amounts of sulfur. I would think this should work even for people who don’t have gastroparesis but have problems with sulfur containing foods, much like people who take products like Beano before eating gas producing foods.
    I found this Probiotic Multi-Enzyme Digestive Formula at WalMart from a vitamin company they carry. In case anyone is wondering what the enzymes are listed on the label, they are: Betaine Hydrochloride, Pancreatin, Amylase, Protease (Papaya Enzyme), Bromelain, Papain (Papaya Enzyme), Pepsin, Ox Bile, Lipase, and Cellulase. My only small problem with this particular one is that it contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus (the probiotic part) which means it has to be refrigerated after the bottle’s been opened and can’t be carried for emergencies, not that I’ve ever needed it, so far, away from home for an emergency, but I’m a bit OCD about carrying everything but the kitchen sink in my purse for “what if”.
    Anyways, hope this helps someone else.
    God bless 🙂 Teresa

  • Hi George. There are several investigations to detect gallbladder problems, depending on what problem your doctor suspects. This may start with an abdominal ultrasound or even an x-ray and progress to investigations like an ERCP. A lung abscess can contribute to conditions like bad breath which could have a sulfur-like odor. Investigations like a chest x-ray, CT scan or MRI may be necessary. You need to discuss these investigations with your doctor and get a referral to the relevant specialist. For example, with a gastroenterologist (for digestive conditions) or pulmonologist (for lung conditions). Remember that these investigations will only be considered if your doctor finds sufficient evidence to warrant it.

  • Kelly Waider

    My fiance hit him head really hard last night and I have been worried er since. First off he was slurring his words and my he fell asleep shortly after the iinjury! He woke up vomiting and has been for about 16 hours and now he is burping a foul sewage like odor! I am extremely concerned and he refuses to go to a doctor or the hospital. Does anyone know what could cause the vile puking and burping smell? And is this something that could be deadly? Could him hitting his head so hard have caused it? I am really scared and feel helpless!

    • Hi Kelly. Hopefully your boyfriend has sought medical attention at this point. A severe blow to the head will usually result in a concussion and the injury to the brain may present with symptoms like sleepiness, nausea and even vomiting. That requires immediate medical attention. Even though he may have recovered within a day or two there could be long term complications and he should definitely have sought medical attention at the time. If he has not, it is highly advisable that he still consults with a doctor and report this incident, even if he has little to no symptoms now.

  • Kelly Waider

    Without diarrhea also!