Rotten Egg Burps

Burps are the outcome of excess air present in stomach. The smell of burp usually depends on the food that we ate last and the smell can be of rotten eggs as well. This can be embarrassing particularly when we are in public place.

Rotten egg burps, also known as sulfur burps, are the ones that smell like that of rotten eggs or sulfur. This smell is because of the sulfur proteins which contains hydrogen sulfide gas. There are certain foods which contain sulfur proteins which are broken down into hydrogen sulfide gas by microbes when they pass through stomach and small intestine.

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Foods containing hydrogen sulfide

Some of the foods containing sulfur are milk and other dairy products, poultry, watermelon, nuts, seeds, bananas, tea, coffee, avocadoes, banana, grain, whey proteins, Vitamin B, Vitamin H and amino acids. Vegetables that contain hydrogen sulfide are cabbage, broccoli, watercress, parsley, onion, mustard, tomatoes, Swiss potatoes, Swiss chard and asparagus. Legumes that are a source of sulfur are alfalfa, lentils, soy, peas, beans, jicama and carob.

Causes of rotten egg burps

Rotten egg burps can be caused due to a number of reasons. Some of the causes that people experience rotten egg burps are as follows:

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  • Medical conditions: Helicobacter Pylori, bacteria that is known to cause conditions such as burps, heartburn, gastritis, abdominal bloating and gastric ulcers. Giardia is another medical condition that is often linked with bad smelling burps, diarrhea and bloating. Rotten egg burps can also be due to the infections caused by bad hygienic conditions, impure water and oral fecal transmissions etc.
  • Medications: The medications that contain ingredients of sulfur can also cause sulfur burps. Therefore it is advised to check the label of medicine if you are taking any medicine.
  • Food habits: This is another governing factor of people experiencing rotten egg burps. Mostly people who take excess protein in their meals and more of sugary foods get sulfur burps. As explained earlier, protein takes comparatively more time to break down and therefore takes more time to get out of the body. As such large amount of Hydrogen Sulfide is build up in the gastrointestinal tract, excess of which is released as sulfur burps.


There are a number of ways to treat sulfur burps. These include:

  • In order to digest the proteins, one should drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Since sugary food cause rotten egg burps so refrain from eating food that contain much sugar.
  • Do not consume alcohol in excess, instead prefer herbal teas. Also avoid consumption of carbonated drinks.
  • Because high fiber foods ease digestion, one should focus more on fibrous diet and avoided taking preserved food or ready to eat food.
  • Sulfur burps can also be avoided by taking lemon inLuke-warm water in the morning.
  • Pepto-Bismol binds with Hydrogen Sulfide and is used to get rid of sulfur burps.

Home remedies

  • Again, the first thing that comes here would be to eat healthy and wisely while avoiding foods that contain high amounts of sulfur such as eggs, dairy products, dry fruit and sugary fruits. Instead take lots of fibrous food and water.
  • It would be a plus if you start drinking honey and lemon in Luke warm water each morning. This does not directly stop sulfur burps but will clean your body of toxins and will consequently help you get rid of rotten egg burps.
  • Fluids, juices and herbal teas are also used to remove toxins from the body and will prevent bas smelling burps.

Baking soda mixed in water is another effective way to cure rotten egg burps. It works by neutralizing gases in stomach which is the main reason people experience burp

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