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What Causes Farts To Smell Really Bad
Bacterial metabolism: Certain foods are metabolized in different ways by the normal bacteria that live in your colon. This metabolism permits further processing of the food to give you additional nutrients. The bacteria release different organic acids based on the food and the species of bacteria. These acids are released as a gas and have distinctive odors. ...Read more
Giardia?: May things can upset the balance in your GI tract causing gas, bloating, and even changes in stool. Infection (recent antibiotics?), giardia (travel hx?), change in diet (might you be milk or wheat sensitive?), etc. You can try "pro-biotics" (lactobaccillus), or charcoal tablets, & focusing on a healthy, balanced diet (note some foods cause more gas, see Dr. Google). If persists, see your doctor. ...Read more
Frequent farting: Generally caused by swallowing air. Review all your eating and drinking. If you are sucking on candy, chewing gum, drinking frequently, etc., you are also swallowing air and it's going to come out the other end. By cutting down on the air swallowed you cut down on the fart volume and frequency. ...Read more
Various things: This can be with seen with change in diet or a food intolerance such as lactose intolerance. If there is accompanying foul smelling stools/diarrhea, then causes such as gluten sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease), irritable bowel syndrome, various infections of the GI tract, or IBD (Crohns and/or Ulcerative colitis) should be considered. This a relatively non-specific symptom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes your gas to suddenly smell? I have been eating better more fruits, vegetables, etc trying to watch my weight but have noticed a ten fold increase in the amount of gas and the smell associated with it seems to be very bad. Short of over the co
The : The gas you pass is manufactured by the bacteria that live in your colon when they consume food substances that are not completely absorbed in the small bowel. The gas is produced primarily from incompletely absorbed carbohydrates. The undigestible fiber found in the fruits and vegetables are a wonderful feast for the bacteria resulting in an increased production of gas. Interestingly, the type of gasses we pas are partly due to the very specific mixture of bacteria that populate each person's colon. This is different from person to person so that the same foods don't necessarily cause the same odor in different people. An increase in gas after a change in diet is not necessarily a sign of illness. You can test this by seeing if the gas subsides by going back to your prior diet. It is possible that the gas represents a more specific problem absorbing certain types of foods (one example is lactose intolerance); you should talk to your physician to make sure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anal light-brown mucus discharge when passing gas only 1-2 times once a week for 2 weeks. Smells bad... No pain nor problems. What would cause it? Thk
Why am I have thick white discharge lately it does have a smell also im having bad gas an my right breast is in a lot of pain what could cause this?
Gas issues: It may not be anything wrong. Some people do smell worse than others. Certain foods make it worse, but if you don't feel you are passing gas excessively and having no other symptoms (diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, appetite issues), you may just watch what you're eating. ...Read more
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