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Why do my burps smell like rotten eggs?

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Burps that smell like rotten eggs are often caused by the body releasing a hydrogen sulfide gas created from broken down proteins in the digestive system. Also known as sulfur burps or egg burps, these smelly burps can be caused by a variety of reasons, according to the New Health Guide.

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Consuming complex protein foods such as red meats, dairy products, and vegetables can commonly lead to sulfur burps. By having these types of foods stay in the body's digestive system, its gives the sulfide gas more time to build up in the stomach. Some diseases, such as gastrointestinal infections, have also been known to cause egg-smelling burps. WebMD notes that even some prescribed medications can cause sulfur burps, especially if they are sulfur based.

One remedy to help eliminate sulfur burps is by eating healthier foods. By eliminating the high sulfur foods in ones diet, it could completely get rid of sulfur burps. Some over the counter medications, such as Pepto-Bismol and Alka-Seltzer, can help control sulfur burps. Other remedies recommended by the New Health Guide include drinking warm water with honey and lemon, which can help the body get rid of toxins that can be causing the sulfur burping. If other symptoms, such as diarrhea or vomiting, occur with sulfur burps it is highly recommended to contact a medical professional for treatment.

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