Most of the causes of sulphur burps are not life-threatening and are easy to correct. However, when egg burps are accompanied by nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, this might be an indication of a more serious underlying health problem. So I would suggest you see your GP if you have ongoing issue or if they are associated with other symptoms.
If you have occasional sulphur burps, think about the food you have eaten recently as the hydrogen sulphides that cause the smell are produced by the breakdown of protein, this can include red meats, eggs, dairy products and pungent vegetables such as garlic, onions, cabbage, asparagus and broccoli. Beverages like coffee and colas should also be avoided to some extent. Cashews and bananas are known to trigger sulphur burps as well. So I would suggest keeping a food diary to help avoid or locate trigger foods.
Recent research has implicated the H. Pyloris bacteria and Giardia parasite in infections of the digestive system that can cause egg burps. If you have one of these infections, you will very likely experience other symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea). The best course of action is to see your GP for testing, this may be why your GP suggested omeprazole use. Other possible causes do need to be considered, these include : Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) that results when normal bacteria take over resulting in bloating and burping, Lactose intolerance, Crohn’s disease, Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance), Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If symptoms are ongoing I would suggest you discuss referral to a gastroenterologist with your GP to assess your symptoms.
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