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Hi, I wonder if you can help with the following...I have for the past year and a half suffered from sulfuric burps. They usually come with stomach cramping and diaorrhea. They will come on for 2-3 days then go away for a while then come back again. I initially linked it go gammon as it seemed to follow me eating that however I've tried it since and had no effect and also have had the burps while not eating gammon. The only thing that I can think I can relate it to is stress. The doctor previously gave me some I have for the past year and half suffered from sulfuric burps. They usually come with stomach cramping and dhiorrah. they will come on for 2-3 days and then go for a while and then come back again. i initially linked it to gammon as it seemed to follow me eating that however ive tried it since and had no effect and also have had the burps while not eating gammon. The only thing that i can think i can relate it to is stress. the doctor previously gave me some omeprazole. Tt works after a day or so but I don't really want to have to take tablets all the time for something that comes and goes.

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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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