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Contributed by: Please Help
I've tried everything. I've been told by Drs that there really is no cure, and I'm desperate. I first noticed I had this problem when I was 12-13 years old. I'm now 33 & have been living with this awful problem for TWENTY years. I brush my teeth/tongue/roof of my mouth 5-8 times a day, floss, use mouth wash, gum, mints.... you name it, i've tried it. On a scale of 1-10 my problem is an 11. Its worst in the morning (naturally) when I wake up & after rigorously going through round 1 of brushing & cleaning, the smell hasn't even been phased. So I brush & clean again.... 10 mins later, its back with a vengeance. I believe my main problem is a clear mucus created in my sinuses that is constantly pouring down the back of my throat onto my tongue, yes- i know its post nasal drip. I've had surgery to correct sinus problems, I irrigate my sinuses regularly.... and nothing helps. I rinse with hydrogen peroxide & it bubbles up SO much in my mouth from all the bacteria. I feel like its a combination of the clear consistent mucus my sinuses are producing & some sort of imbalance within the enzymes in my saliva. Of course the normal things that make it worse make it awful- sugar, alcohol, onions, etc. But the smell is that of hay fever, and its so bad I can smell my own breath. The taste of the inside of my mouth makes me so sick that I gag at times. It is SO persistent & I am literally at my whits end. Could it be my diet? I notice dairy makes me produce more mucus, so i've cut that out. But I wonder if there is something I'm eating that is causing a major allergy in my body that is causing this mucus production to occur. When I get a cold, the issue worsens 10 fold. The day to day mucus is always clear & when I begin my oral health regimen, the production increases. I know it is not a dental health issue as I've been to the dentist several times recently, and have confirmed that my teeth & gums are healthy. Another important fact- My mother suffers from the same thing. So I feel like I inherited it from her. And another really gross tid bit for you- i swallow so much of this hay fever smelling mucus that even my bowel movements smell like hay breath. Its so out of control & I don't know what to do. I fear that I might be really sick, as I know bad breath is a sign of a health issue, but after a recent physical, everything came back normal- no diabetes, nothing pointing to what may cause this. No mouth wash will cure this & mints dont even cover it up. I need medication to correct this allergy or imbalance in my body. Maybe i need to change my diet.... i just don't know. Its effected my social life & its causing me to have bouts of depression. If anyone else has these same symptoms & has experienced relief, I would love to hear from you. Literally, if I could be granted one wish in this life, it would be that this problem would just go away. I want to be able to just talk to someone face to face, or kiss someone without worrying about it. I young, attractive & its ruining my chances of a happy normal life. Please, I need help... I'm desperate.
Friday, November 09 2012 @ 11:29 AM MST
Contributed by: atx7953
I've read some the stories on here and can really relate. In the past 3 months, I've had somesuccess in dealing with my breath problems and wanted to share. I know how painful this problem can be and how difficult it can be to find the cause.
Short story: The problem appears to have been related to acid reflux from the stomach and a prescription from my doctor of Nexium in the morning and Prilosec at night has worked wonders.
Still have wisdom teeth
While prone to morning breath since I was a kid, I started noticing reactions from people in my mid-20's. If I had a bottled soda or coffee, I would get people putting their hands up to the nose to cover the smell and looking like they wanted to vomit. One time, this happened when two people were clear across a large conference table. Needless to say, but things like talking to people on airplanes became impossible.
The only symptoms I could isolate were 1) the odor and 2) a white/yellowish discharge on the back of my tongue. This made it difficult to diagnose as I had not had problems with indigestion or sinus issues (beyond basic allergies).
I became very self-conscious about personal space and increased the distance between me and others when we talked. I would also often cover my mouth when talking to others. These awkward movements were certainly noticed by people and, in addition to the odor, negatively affected personal and business relationships.
I first mentioned this to the dentist and the only advice was to change mouthwashes. I mentioned this several times over the years, but never really got anywhere. In my case, oral treatment wasn't helpful in solving the problem. My mouth is healthy and I brush and floss regularly. Oddly, I never had a hygienist give any feedback on odor.
After seeing a general MD, I was referred to an EMT. Under his care and over several months I had a CAT scan and my tonsils removed. When we first met he had me breathe in his face and he exhibited the reaction that you would expect. The CAT scan came back without showing any sinus blockage. His exact words were, "I'm 95% sure it's the tonsils." I had them removed, but it didn't solve the problem. One side note: if you are considering having this done, it was a very easy and non-painful procedure. I had the surgery at 28.
After this there was a break in treatment for a couple of years. I switched jobs and the insurance coverage wasn't as good.
The next step I took was to see a gastroenterologist and he recommended a scope procedure to view my stomach and esophagus. His diagnosis was that while there was some indications of reflux, he didn't think it was enough to cause the problem. He did recommend taking a Prilosec before meals, but I didn't notice a real change.
Earlier this year, I needed to get a physical for life insurance and went to see a new Dr as I had moved. I mentioned that this was still a problem and he requested the results of the endoscopy from the specialist. His take was that while nothing was terribly wrong, it wasn't a "clean" result either so he put me on this current prescription.
The results have been noticeable. One of the tell-tale signs was a bad taste in my mouth late-afternoon. If I ran my finger on the back of my tongue and smelled it was horrible. That doesn't happen anymore. It's the first time in 8-10 years that I've seen a change in the right direction. I was at a convention speaking with people last week and didn't encounter any bad reactions. If you've been battling this - you know how good that felt.
This has been a long, expensive process, but for now there are good results. I know the frustration when a doctor or dentist says "I think it's in your head" when you have people asking if you've brushed your teeth or shoved breath mints in your hand. Good luck to everyone.
Wednesday, September 05 2012 @ 11:56 AM MDT
Contributed by: Mangoes123
Like MANY OF YOU guys I am also one of the bb sufferers that has joined to share my story with you.
I am 16 years old. Most importantly I also have BB, not like what people say it's fecal but it's quite like a very different smell.
well from beginning:
when I have once discovered that I had BB like 3 years ago or even more than that I didn't know since when it has officially hit. I thought that when I am walking down the road/street and bus and see my freinds have fun talking and enjoy their time, i always think that why me? like almost everywhere i have went people have fresh breath even those who does have illnesses. I AM ALWAYS THINKING WHY ON EARTH ME?????
My freind is so nice, and I have been together with her since primary and secondary and now we're going to college for another two years = total of 6 years. Until THEN whenever i speak to her she has not said that my breath smells ;my breath isn't so strong but it's quite in the top of middle like 8.
She also quite presses her lips together like u know when u have bad breath. But i don't get to talk to my freinds a lot becoz they kind of blank or u know what i mean. Now i am hoping to go college and i am scared because i went for my first day at college where i was totally freaked out to step into sixthform espcially when it is mixed - coz i went to girls only schl.
My first day was HORRIBLE!!!!!!!
i sat right to the back of the room so no-one can speak or even ask quesion. lol i know i always get anti-social - ONLY COZ OF BB!
so when i sat to the back, i didn't realise that they were many students!! I was like:: Uh OHH!! damn shit!! then a gut later appeared and sat next to me..! as the teacher later put me into pairs with that GUY to do the survey in the given sheet like ask questions like getting-to-know each other sort of thing. then everything got doomed!
He: So what's ur name
He: I am Tom
later........ he rubbed his nose and then we finished
The thing is that with me i am quite good-looking with this bad breath!
So that was my first day at college with BB hell!!
So when i found this forum I was ABSOLUTELY RELIVED TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT THE ONNLLYY ONE!! THNK GOD FR THIS!
COZ THIS MEANS THAT I CAN READ OTHER PPLS STORY AND SHARE MINE AND IT'S LIKE ''YOUR NOT ALONE''
So i booked an appointment to see the doctors and i said that i have very sore throat in the morning, sneezing ALL THE TIMEE!!!, burning between ears and throat area (i just woke up at 4.00am today with severe burns and sore throat), vary in mucus color like green, yellow, most of the time is clear.. MAINLY I ALWAYS GET MUCUS IN MY NOSE EVEN IF I HAVE CLEARED IT COMPLETELY ( I MEAN EVERY SINGLE DAY???!! MORNING I BLOW MY NOSE MY HANKY TOWEL JUST GETS DAMP WET! I USE ABOUT 5 TOWELS MORNING AND 2 IN THE DAY AND LOADS AT NIGHT.. miserable aint' it??
i just cannot go to sleep!!!!! when i lay down. reflux too burning chest etc
so the doctor before prescribed me nsal spary which done absolutley no shit to my excess mucus production in my nose. So now yh college in about a week dunno how i am gonna be??! GOD HELP ME!
thnk u very much for reading. I WUD BE VERY PLEASED TO HEAR ANY REPLIES OR EVEN HELP WOULD BE GREAT!! gOOD LUCK TO THOSE WHO HAVE bb AND HOP U FIND CURES..
p.s IF U GUYS THINK U ALSO HAVE SIMILIAR CONDITION LIKE MINE PLEASE REPLY OR JUST COMMENT HOPE WE CAN SHARE AS I REALLY LOVE THIS FORUM!
Friday, July 27 2012 @ 06:33 PM MDT
Contributed by: DanielPine
Hey! As you may know ive been suffering from fecal breath for a while. Ive tried a tonne of cures which I posted on this site before, which helped a lot. But I have found a simple way to get rid of all the bacteria on my tongue. There is this bacteria milk drink called Yakult, I drink one little bottle a day and it seems to kill the bacteria on my tongue. I also have one inner health plus tablet a day and this also helps. I still have mild bad breath, very mild, but its not severe anymore which is great. Chewing gum masks the mild smell pretty well. I would really recommend trying these two products. I also use biotene dry mouth mouthwash by the way
If your suffering from fecal breath check out my other posts
Tuesday, July 10 2012 @ 07:40 PM MDT
Contributed by: DanielPine
Hey everybody, ive got a lot to say so this will be an essay lol. So, to begin with im a 16 year old kid and ive been suffering from fecal BB ever since I can remember, so I began to think of things that I have also been suffering from ever since I can remember.
These include (causes):
-Post Nasal drip
-Constantly clogged up sinuses
-A poor diet
-Tonsillitis, tonsil stones (only recently found out)
- Tongue bacteria
Tonsil stones (cure)
So, from these causes which I found out I did further investigating and found out the main one, for me, was post nasal drip and constantly clogged up sinuses, these caused mucus to be deposited in my tonsils and eventually smell like poo. These balls of mucus in my tonsils are yellow and smell disgusting. I assume this may be the reason why I also have yellow gunk on my tongue rather than white gunk sometimes. I poked my tonsils with my finger and smelled it. It was awful. So there we go, a source of the smell. (if you have fecal breath, then poke your tonsils and smell it and get nothing, dont worry, sometimes you cant smell your own breath and your tonsils are pretty hard to find). So, the only cure for this cause is to remove my tonsils, which I am bugging my parents to do for me. So this is how we cure the tonsilitis, tonsil stones cause.
Post nasal drip and clogged up sinuses (cure)
My doctor prescribed me a saline nose spray to use once a day to clear up my sinuses.The specific brand is Nasonex Mometasone Furoate, Aques nasal spray 0.05%. This cleared out my sinuses, and the removal of my tonsils will clear up the scraps of mucus left.
I was allergic to cats and feathers, so all I started doing was avoiding cats and feathers lol. This pretty much eliminated the problem. Although, if it is bad i would get medication to protect you from the specific thing that causes your body to react, like I have a tablet that stops my allergies of cats for 8 hours or so. This also helped stop the post nasal drip, sinus mucus and hence tonsil stones.
Lactose intolerance (cure)
I was never really lactose intolerant, I would never vomit if I had dairy, but I did get a bit sick when I had too much. I realised that my body didnt like lactose, so it wasnt coping too well in the lower intestine. Because of this the smell of feces was released up into my mouth. Im not sure if this is true, but its what I hypothesise. So, I completely eliminated lactose from my diet, I dont even eat butter because it has lactose in it anymore.
Before you skip this one, remember that a big cause of bad breath is the consumption of dairy products. If you stop eating dairy it may greatly reduce the strength of your bad breath. Anyway, I dont need to say too much about this one, I just ate healthy and didnt have any dairy.
Hopefully, the irradication of all the previous issues will help eliminate tongue bacteria, but if it doesnt you may be suffering from candida. I find using hydrogen peroxide as mouth wash kills the bad bacteria in my mouth, I also brush my tongue with a tongue brush.
Ok, so if you use the previous cures to eliminate the causes you have, it should work. I would recommend checking the smell of your tonsils and thinking of any problems you have had with your body that began at a similar time when your bad breath did. The weirdest things can sometimes be the cause of fecal breath. Hope this helps guys
Me: So far it has helped, but not cured my BB, the reason being I have only been at it for a few days and i havent got my tonsils removed yet.
Monday, July 09 2012 @ 05:07 AM MDT
Contributed by: DanielPine
Ok, so ive narrowed the cause of fecal breath down to two things. 1. Something in the stomach area, internal organs. 2. Tonsils
So, my one is the tonsil cause. I have post nasal drip, because of my allergies. My sinuses are always blocked up with mucus. This mucus is deposited in my tonsils, causing tonsil stones. And these tonsil stones smell like poo, seriously. they are yellow/white and they coat my tongue with a yellow paste which adds to the smell. To figure this out I reached into my throat and touched my tonsils, i then smelled my finger. It was awful. Im getting my tonsils removed soon so that will probably cure it. In the meantime I will eat less dairy, because dairy makes poo breath so much worse. If any of you think you have poo breath and touch your tonsils then smell it and you dont smell anything, it may be because you cant smell your own breath, sometimes I cant, just try again later. Or you could be touching the wrong place in your mouth, it took me ages to find my tonsils
I will try and find a cure for the type that comes from the stomach soon. Im not even sure if there is a type that comes from the stomach, but if there is it would probably be caused be the backing up of poo, and this could be removed by detoxing, taking laxatives or drinking apple cider vinegar.
Anyway guys, I hope the removal of my tonsils cures my bad breath, it should. Ill get back to you when I have my surgery. All the best everyone.
By the way, a week before I found the cure, I said a prayer to god to help me cure it. Im not sure if it worked, but its a possibility.
Monday, June 25 2012 @ 02:12 PM MDT
Contributed by: incamaya
I've been reading on here on and off for a few years now. I've struggled tremendously with the bb issue since the age of around 10 or so. I am now 34. Most of you on here are familiar with my story. I have bb that inhibits me enough to not take part in life the way I'd like to. I'm ashamed about it all the time and have withdrawn from a lot of social situations as a result, minimized a lot of the joy in my life and missed out on sharing my life with others in many, many ways. My love life has been nonexistent for many years because I get so stressed out trying to get close, literally and figuratively. I'm always waiting for someone to be disgusted by my breath.
I've bought lots of silly products, maintained fanatical oral hygiene regiments, worried myself sick and in the end never really found any lasting solution or reasonable response to this problem.
This week I have to say, and I almost don't believe it myself sitting here writing about it, I think I found my issue and I felt I needed to share with this community. I have been bb free, or at least bb reduced by a significant amount, for the last 2 days. There has been a flurry of activity on my part so I can't say with certainty what role any of the actions I've taken has played so I'll list them all in the interest of scientific control:
For the past 5 days I've been taking 2000 mg's of vitamin C in the mornings and evenings.
For the last two days I've taken 2 table spoons of bentonite clay detox, one in the morning and one before bed.
For the past 2 months I've been using the tongue spray and mouth wash from BreathRX 2 or 3 times a day after most meals.
For the last week I've been using a neti pot with salt water, hydrogen peroxide (5 drops) and a pinch of baking soda while in the shower in the morning.
For the last 2 days I have not eaten any meat or fish and very little dairy. I have been eating fruits, veggies, soups (made without meat or cream), baked goods (mainly sourdough bread and a few croissants). All of the fruit I've eaten has been raw and most of the veggies have been either dressed salads or cooked. I've drank a few fresh, raw juices. I eat yogurt and granola for breakfast every day including the last 5 days. I have not eaten any pasta, pizza, soy or tofu product. I have not drank any soda or hard liquor. I have consumed beer and wine. Actually a great deal of both last night...
For the past 5 days I've increased the length of time I sleep at night by 2 hours, give or take.
For the past 5 days I've added a 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil to my toothpaste (baking soda and peroxide) in the morning.
For the past 4 days I've been chewing on those Tea Tree Oil toothpicks once or twice a day.
For the past year I floss at least once a day, and usually twice or three times.
So for the past 2 days I believe I've been bb free. I am going by peoples facial expressions (my god it's so painful the way conversations always get weird when your breath's off) and by the finger test. I swab my throat and tongue as far back as possible, wait 20 seconds and smell my finger. In almost all cases there will be a dank odor which will persist well after the saliva has dried. I haven't come out and asked anyone to tell me if I have bb. It's too big an issue in my mind and heart to discuss it with people 99.9% of the time. I really feel responsible for and ashamed about the condition. In all these years I've never gotten even close to accepting it as part of who I am or whatever... I do feel the finger swab test is kind of reliable. Maybe I'm wrong.
In any case, I haven't been able to detect much odor via the swab method since giving up meat. It is a pretty dramatic change. In addition to appearing to have had an effect of my breath, or at least the smell of my saliva on my finger, not consuming meat has given me a much lighter feeling in my body and an increased general sense of well being. I almost feel as though a fairly significant anxiety has been relieved...It's weird. I also haven't felt run down or spent at the end of the day, or even in the middle of the day, the way I often can.
Historically I am a big carnivore and a big eater in general. I love to eat. I'm not overweight and I exercise, but I eat quite a bit every day. It's not hard for me to eat 4 meals a day, all containing meat, bread, dairy. It is more unusual for me to consume lots of fruits and veggies in any given meal or day. I will usually eat a salad, or a side dish of vegetables in addition to a meat based item at the center of a meal and comprising the largest part of the meal. I probably consume 95% animal protein to 5% fish or shellfish protein over the course of any given week, month, year.
My tongue still turns white as the day proceeds unless I brush and scrap it.
My floss does not seem to have any odor after use since the morning after the first night I didn't eat any meat at dinner.
This morning, the 3rd full day without meat I woke up and via the finger swab method (fs) I can't detect any odor. I have never had this experience in my entire life. Generally, I would say my morning breath is disastrously pungeant. It's always occurred to me as alarmingly unhealthy, more than just run of the mill morning breath. I can smell it myself without doing anything more than just breathing. Today, nothing. Literally nothing.
I have to say, I LOVE eating meat. I crave meat even when it's a part of my diet. That being said, if I can be free from this condition by eliminating meat from my diet, I would gladly go the rest of my life as a vegetarian. I have been so desperate to find a solution for so long. I really can't believe that this seems to be working. I'm not overjoyed. I'm scared that I'm wrong or that this wont last...
I wanted to share this information with everyone on here. I fully recognize that this may be a temporary solution or that I could be experiencing totally random relieve from bb that will end just as quickly as it started without another change in diet or routine, but I'm hoping this is the chance I've been waiting for. I kind of feel like meat has been poisoning me for a very long time. The change in the smell of my saliva is so dramatic, even while consuming alcohol, that I am stunned!
I hope this is helpful to someone else. This forum has been a valuable resource for me and helped to keep me motivated to help myself, take control of this problem and search for a solution. I feel deeply indebted to Jimi and all of you who post on here for creating a forum for all of us who suffer with this issue to speak freely and gain insight and information from one another. I feel that with enough information all of us can be free from this affliction and establish the personal connections we so badly need.
I will return with updates
Tuesday, June 19 2012 @ 02:32 AM MDT
Contributed by: DanielPine
Hey, im going to try and keep this short,
I am 16 years old and I have breath that literally smells like feces. Yes! Poo! People block their noses with their knuckles when I talk to them and I can barely look someone in the eye.
My life has just begun and its already ended, I need help. I cant talk to my parents about it and my life is a wreck :( I will never get a girlfriend, have a wife, kids, a good job. Someone, please im crying out! I dont want to live the rest of my life like this!
Friday, October 14 2011 @ 04:45 PM MDT
Contributed by: bb28
I was struggling with bad breath, and I think I found the answer. The problem with me was that I could not tell if I had a bad breath, and it was always hard to find honest feedback, and I think it got mental too...
I thought I had candida at first, but that was not it. Then I thought it was acid reflux. I did have acid reflux too, but while trying to fix the bad breath problem, I also fixed the acid relfux. Because I am sure acid just made my breath so much worse. Finally I found out that I always have post nasal drip. Or I have lived with post nasal drip all my life, or since I was a kid. To me it was a normal activity. One day I started spiting without any reason and something was not right with my spit. Finally I went to a doctor and told him my symptoms, and he told me I have sinus problems. After a cat scan he found a maxillary cyst - left.
I figured because of the cyst, my sinus is trying to kill the unwanted cyst bacteria and stuff. So my sinus produce extra extra mucus in order to kill the cyst. But the cyst was immune to my natural strength. And the extra extra mucus was draining in my stomach, but the stomach does not like all that extra mucus, and through acid back to my throat.
So then I come back to America, and I see a doctor for the cyst. Thinking that if I get rid of the cyst, bad breath is cured. To cure the cyst I think I need good insurance for a operation. So the doctor here gave me some strong liquid antibiotic which cost me around $120 x 3, and I also owe them another $650 for my three appointments... anyways, how did I cure my bad breath problem? I was thinking how can I clean my sinuses like I brush my teeth, every day at least once a day, and possibly kills my cyst. One day I went to CVC and just by looking around I saw a neti pot. I bought a generic brand for like $17. The first time I used it I felt different. And I clean my sinuses with the neti pot every day. And there is no more acid reflux, there is no more tongue coating, and tongue scraping, or when I scrape my tongue with my teeth, there is nothing, and there is less phobia, less and less feeling of having bad breath.
hope this helps
Wednesday, August 31 2011 @ 06:27 PM MDT
Contributed by: lonelybuddy
Ok so let me start off by saying introducing my self.
my name is damian and i just hit 18 few days ago.I suffer from BB and i think i am depressed. When i was few years younger i didnt pay much atttention to girls and close relationships maybe thats why my bb didnt boder me so much. I went to dentist had check up everything Ok. I suffered from tonsil stones too,so i got my tonsil removed with a big hope of cureee. i suffered for 2 weeks in pain due my surgery...but common i meant to be cured for rest of my lifee=]....
Yeh yeh big one bulllsh#t...
I also suffer from PND for years i believe cos i had macus driping back my throat....
Can this cause BB ? I heard macus is being daigested by bacterias which are producing Bb, and it is possible that long term PNd could cause stomach reflux ?? Please help me , sometimes i feel like running away and never coming back..
I wanna have someone close to me someone to talk to.
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