Sulfur Burps - Cure, Treatment, Causes, Symptoms

Sulfur Burps

When you have excess air in your stomach, it usually comes out as a burp. Usually the burp will have a smell of the food that you ate, but sometimes it will come out smelling like rotten eggs. This is a condition that is known as sulfur burp, and they can be very embarrassing and unpleasant, especially if they happen in the presence of others.

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The real reason why the burp smells so badly is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). If you eat foods that have sulfur proteins in them then you may find yourself burping the H2S, which will smell like rotten eggs. The sulfur reducing microbes in the intestine digest the proteins and release the gas.

People of all ages can expel H2S when they burp, and this is especially common in pregnant women. During pregnancy the digestive process slows down, and this may be the reason why it is common. If sulfur burping comes with diarrhea, or vomiting, then you should see a doctor immediately, since these are the first signs of irritable bowel syndrome.

What are the causes of sulfur burps?

The first cause could be an infection in your gastrointestinal tract (GIT). This kind of infection is caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, also known as Giardia. This is a parasite and causes people to have sulfur burps.  The parasite can lead to the development of ulcers, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. The only way that the bacteria are spread is through poor hygiene, oral-fecal transmission, and in untreated water.

Another cause is improper eating patterns. If you eat heavy protein meals and sugary foods, then these may lead to you having sulfur burps. Since heavy protein meals stay longer in the stomach and intestine, you may find a larger amount of H2S building up in your GIT. Once the gasses reach a certain amount they will leave the body as burps with a rotten egg smell.

Prescription medicines have also been known to cause this condition. If the medicine contains sulfur then there are high chances of emitting H2S in your burps.

Another cause is a condition known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). There is a delicate balance that prevails in the intestine of the flora or bacteria found there. Someone with Celiac or Crohn’s disease may have a larger amount of bacteria which leads to sulfur burps.

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Are there foods that cause sulfur burps?

In order to avoid getting sulfur burps, you should not eat certain foods at certain hours of the day. Several foods cause this condition to occur. High protein foods are the largest culprits when it comes to producing sulfur burps. This is because the food will stay in the stomach for longer as the protein is digested. The result is excess H2S coming out of your mouth. Sometimes the burps are so subtle that people may find it hard to identify who is burping if you have to be in a crowd.

You should avoid foods such as Garlic, Onions, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Whey protein, peas, Sweet potatoes, Asparagus, Cabbage, beans, soy, etc. You should also avoid red meats, canned foods, eggs and dairy products. Avoid cola, coffee and tea. Also avoid cashew nuts, bananas and coconuts.

How do you treat/avoid sulfur burps?

  • You should increase your intake of water since this will help in digesting the proteins.
  • You should avoid foods that have a lot of sugar.
  • You should slow down on alcohol intake.
  • In order to detox your gut, you should take herbal teas.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks which will only serve to increase the burping.
  • You should take high fiber foods which help in digestion.
  • You should stop taking foods that are ready-to-eat or canned.
  • If you take a glass of warm water with honey and lemon every morning, then you remove the chance that you will develop sulfur burps during the day.
  • You should talk to your doctor if the condition persist, or comes frequently. Pepto-Bismol works by binding the H2S, thereby eliminating sulfur burps.
  • If there is a bacterial overgrowth in your GIT then you should take some antibiotics.
  • If you happen to be taking medication with sulfur, you can ask your doctor for an alternative treatment.
  • Conditions such as Crohn’s disease should be treated or managed.
  • You should also try to remove sulfur proteins from your diet.

All in all, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor whenever you experience sulfur burps. Although the condition may be an innocent occurrence, you should not ignore it if it happens for more than a day, or occurs frequently. If you are developing irritable bowel syndrome, then you should get help immediately. Otherwise try some of the home remedies mentioned above before you visit a doctor.

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Comments (36)

  1. elizabeth

    thank you so much, this helped a lot!

    • Sara

      This did not help me I need a fast remody that would work in a few minutes because not everyday I have the time do can you please have a quick homemade re most
      I would appreciate that a lot THANK YOU

  2. Rose

    Eat a plain Mc Vities digestive biscuit!! That temporariley sorted me out until I can find a permament solution within a couple of minutes.

  3. katie

    take alka-seltzer or just use a tsp of baking soda in a large glass of water, should take less than an hour :)

    • Stacey baxter

      The baking soda Dissolved In water (a tablespoon)is a true life.saver! But.stand in the bathroom :) was rid.of those.nasty things in about 30-45 mins

  4. Fred

    Ive had sulfur burps for about 4 months and has been making me feel ill.it literally brings me down.

  5. Alison Brittain

    Very good information, as I had indeed wondered the same thing about rotten smelling burps a few weeks back. However, you say “The first cause could be an infection in your gastrointestinal tract (GIT). This kind of infection is caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, also known as Giardia.”

    Giardia and H. pylori are two separate entities. One is a bacteria, one is a parasite. Giardia, the protozoan parasite, can cause sulfur smelling burps (the rotten egg burps)- by a means that we don’t really yet understand.

    The most common cause of sulfur burps, according to my medical professors, is what’s called gastroparesis. Gastroparesis occurs when food essentially stalls moving through the digestive system, particularly in the stomach. Here, stomach acids have a longer time to break down proteins into smaller pieces, one such piece being hydrogen sulfide which produces the rotten egg smell.

    Gastroparesis can be caused by a number of things (Giardia NOT being one, yet it still causes sulfur burps??). Among them are the inflammatory bowel diseases (including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), H. pylori infections, GERD, narcotics and hypnotics. There has been very little research to support the idea that sulfur-containing drugs cause sulfur burps.

    Hope that helps!

    • Anna

      Awesome. I get these on and off quite frequently. I don’t believe it’s bacterial or parasitic. I am careful of my hygiene as my dad is a transplant and we all make sure not to expose him to any bacteria, etc. however, I do have gastroparesis. I don’t take reglan bc of all the severe possible side effects.. Don’t get me wrong, I take several medications. I just don’t want one that could cause TD sxs. Thanks for the insight

  6. Tom

    So I got food poisoning and was bed ridden for 2 days. After the weakness wears off I have sulfur burps and some bloating for most of the day. Then the nasty diarrhea hits. I haven’t eaten that much in the past 2-3 days. What should I do?

    • terrie

      Same thing happened to me. I was told my gallbladder needed to come out.a year later still having the same problem almost daily
      .

    • Anonymous

      I’m no doctor but I hope this takes those nasty burps
      How about

      Apples-I hear apples take those upset burps and stomachs

      Toast-toast helps a lot (preferably white bread)

      Bananas-i know a lot of people may not like bananas to much but please 95th it,it seems to work well

      Mint-Peppermint seems to work very well try peppermint tea or just eat a peppermint

      TIPS:
      PROS
      Relax-relax don’t get anxious lay down and test for a little while try a nap also

      Hydration-Drink water and also get some ginger soda shake it up ginger helps a lot

      CONS:
      Don’t get anxious when you get anxious your nerves tell your brain that your not feeling well and your brain signals your body that you want to vomit

      Hope this helps sorry if it doesn’t

  7. Thanks for the article I was wondering what caused these. I had never had sulfur burps in my life until a few weeks ago, they are pretty nasty!

  8. Brittany

    As soon as the “sulfur burps” begin take a big dose of Pepto Bismol (max strength is even better) and I promise you it will stop IMMEDIATELY I promise!!

    • Amber

      Thank u very much!!! The pepto actually worked! It helped the nausea and got rid of those nasty sulfer rotten egg burps! Should of tried a long time ago, just assumed I couldn’t hold anything down though. Thanks again!!

    • Tried your tip worked almost as soon as I took it. Thank you

  9. Jessi T

    I started today for the first time ever with these gross burps. I did not know what else to describe them as but nasty fart burps as my stepson calls them. Ive tried pretty much everything. Milk, the liquid stuff like tums, bread, Gatorade, flavored coffee. but still having them for almost 18 hours now. It also doesn’t help that Saint Mary came knocking yesterday and I feel blah as it is. Anything else I can try?

  10. Tony

    I have had this crap for atleast 3/4 months straight. Every time I go to the doctor they day stomach virus. I call there bull shit. I can’t stand being sick.

  11. My friend has been getting these “HORRIBLE” BURPS off and on for MONTHS NOW! They are SO GROSS!!! It stinks up the entire house and I know he can’t help it but doesn’t know what to do to stop them! He is in BAD health so we thought maybe “probiotics” would help but no such luck! I will read him (or show him) this website and HOPEFULLY one of the things mentioned will help!!!

  12. Joanne

    I keep getting these eggy burps with diarear . im sick to death! I work in a care home and going to toilet every ten minutes isnt good. Im going to try the plain digestive biscuits trick and pepto bismol… Ive tried mints to make my burps smell… Mintier lol.. Works a little bit but not alot. I had this last week and my manager wouldnt let me go home :( burping all day on a 12 hour shift! Day of hell…. At work in 3 hours.. Managers not in either… He didnt understand when i said sulpher burps! And hes a nurse apparently lol

    • Angel

      Been having this problem off and on for several months. My doctor has me scheduled for a colonoscopy this month to check for Chron’s disease, says it’s either that or IBS. However now my husband has them too??? So I don’t see how that’s possible unless we’re both very unlucky!

  13. Jamie C

    I have had these sulfur burps off and on for the past 4 years. I always get sharp gas pain in my stomach and intestinal area. I have had IBS for the past 18 years and my doctors are giving me anything for it. I have been tested for everything under the sun with regards to gastro problems and nothing is wrong. I have constant bloat which gets worse when I have these sulfur burps. The one thing I wondered was how I could get them if I wasn’t eating anything out of the ordinary. I get so nauseous and it feels like I am constipated but I am not. The Pepto Bismal MAX works the best but the regular pepto bismal also works well, just takes an extra day or so. I’m still trying to figure out where this is coming from. I just wish I knew what ws causing it and why I have had it for about 4 years off and on. They are THE WORST!!!!

  14. John

    Powerade Zero works for me.

  15. Lance

    Dealt with this situation most of my life. As a young boy, I could almost always count on waking up in middle of night every few months with these sulphur burps followed by violent vomiting and diarrhea. Then in my 20s, a doctor suspected “dairy” as the culprit. After stopping milk, ice cream, and limiting cheese, I thought I had it figured out. Years went by….But in my mid 40s, bad things have started happening again…..2 bouts of diverticulitis, a bleeding ulcer, just in past year. Can’t help but think it all kinda ties in together. When I had that first burp last night, dread consumed me cause I knew what I was in for….Resting today, was a long night.

  16. Good health

    People don’t experience a smelly burp that stinks like sulfur or rotten egg. Eating High protein food will not cause Stinky Burps…Everyone do eat meats and Eggs are really good for health.. What nonsense you writing about… people need to eat meat. Of course need to eat fruits to digest it. Even if people cannot digest well, their burp is NOT smelly at all If you have no knowledge, please don’t write rubbish in the web.

    and what embarrassment….Everyone do Burp. and it wont make you smell… If they don’t like, ask them to F back to their cave. We Asians do that very often whenever, wherever and however we like… This is God’s creation. We Asian like to eat garlic onions.. etc If you don’t like the smelll, don’t come to asia. You thought what.. you American high class? Stupid standard..

    • Mary White

      Obviously, you seem too have some kind of issues of your own going on there…it’s called IGNORANCE!!! If you took the time to actually read through what has been posted and also took the time to actually read up on the subject you would find out that what people are posting are facts about the subject. As far as Garlic and Onions go in your post…sorry to burst your bubble but it’s not only Asians that eat them, try the majority of the world. get over yourself.

  17. Eric

    I had these this morning. They usually come with too much intake of pepperoni or something too spicy. My entire family has had a 12-24 hr stomach bug. I didn’t have any vomiting or diarrhea but I got these nasty sulfur burps. It had been awhile. I tried something new, soon as I realized I had them I jumped out of bed and took a cocktail of Tums, Pepto tablets and Emertrol which is for nausea and upset stomachs. The combination of the chalky tablets and coating of the emertrol kicked it in bout 30 mins. Timing is key, first onset you have to act.

  18. I have just started getting sulfur burps and farts, with bloating. I was sent home with a stool collection kit for diarrhea, but it stopped. Sulfur burps and farts though haven’t stopped yet. Was taking care of puppy with protozoa, and parasites though and started new meds. Hope to figure what issue is.

  19. Kaitlyne

    I really hope this will work cause the only way I could get rid of it was to vomit twice and I hate it if had this since I was 5 or so and its horrible my mom has GERD so I’m really glad I found this

  20. Jessica

    Fantastic answer! Ty!

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