What Causes Rotten Egg Burps?
Rotten egg burps can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose rotten egg burps, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "rotten egg burps" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Food Allergies
- Gallbladder Disease
- Helicobacter Pylori Infection
- Delayed Gastric Emptying
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent runny nose
history of birth control pill use
major fatigue for over 12 months
dark areas under eyes
paying great attention to detail
craving and eating wheat
pain between shoulder blades
Latin / Hispanic ethnicity
excess caloric intake
... and more than 120 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of rotten egg burps:
|Helicobacter Pylori Infection
|Delayed Gastric Emptying
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you ever suffer from very foul burps that can best be described as having a 'rotten egg' or 'sulfur' smell/taste?
→ No / rarely / don't know
→ Yes, but only if I eat too much
→ Yes, a few times a year even if I don't overeat
→ Yes, a few times a month even if I don't overeat
→ Yes, frequently even if I don't overeat
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate rotten egg burps after overeating, occasional rotten egg burps, rotten egg burps or frequent rotten egg burps, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Recurrent "rotten-egg" burps accompanied by diarrhea could be a sign of Giardia lamblia infection.|