I am having bad breath from my mouth since childhood. earlier the problem was
not that much serious and with the help of brushing two times daily, i was controlling it. two weeks before, there was bleeding in my gums and extremely
foul smell which i never sensed earlier started from my nose and throat. I went to dentist she told me that i was having plaques which she removed. The mouth smell problem was greatly removed but the smell from nose and bad taste in my throat was very much disturbing me in the evening. I went to ENT specialist. He
did sinoscopy and found that there is no fault in sinus. There is slight bacterial infection in throat, tonsils and sinus. He advised me to try antiseptic betadine (providone iodine IP 2%) which is not helping me at all. He told me that it will take approximately one month to get rid of bad smell. I can't wait as i am not sure with his advise. Please help. Whether this bad smell is curable? If it doesn't go away, it will be very difficult for me to mix with the people.
Your problem is remarkably common on this forum, so at least you know that you are not some kind of freak. All I can tell you is some of the things I've noted here, with no guarantees. For some reason that I do not understand, this problem is most common with people from the United States and India.
1. Some people, including myself, have had a smell that only they can smell. It could smell like dog-poop, old cheese, ammonia, a burning smell, etc. The smell comes on, often, as a result of a cold or sinus infection. Some, not all, of these smells are caused by an anaerobic bacteria thriving in the upper sinuses, and I was able to remove mine with a Flip-Turn Sinus Flush, and many other people have had success with it as well:
The Flip-Turn Sinus Flush is mildly risky, because you have to bend over to do it, preferably in a shower, but you can also do it outside on soft ground, or you can kneel down and lean over a bathtub, or perhaps a plastic basin or tub, with the shower running for steam.
2. Some people had the smell, but were able to get rid of it with long-term antibiotics.
3. Some people had cysts or polyps, which blocked off parts of their sinuses, and created a pocket of infection. One woman, after reading my journal, made an appointment with Dr. Murray Grossan, who invented the Grossan Irrigation Machine, and he removed her cyst and the smell went away.
4. One man did a sinus flush, and some white tofu-like chunks came out. The smell actually got worse for a while, then went back to normal.
5. Many people, particularly the ones who have a strong odor that other people are revolted by, had no change at all after doing a Sinus Flush.
6. One woman found out that the smell was coming from a cracked tooth that her dentist was unable to find, but was discovered by a different dentist.
7. Some smells can come from liver or kidney diseases, or from acid reflux in the stomach.
8. Some smells can come from having a bad mix of bacteria in the intestines, and somehow the smell comes out through the sinuses or lungs. The best solution that I have seen is The Schwarzbein Principle by Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, MD.
9. There is a disease called atrophic rhinitis, which involves the decay of the mucus membranes in the sinuses. I don’t know much about it, that’s what ENTs and Google are for.
10. There are people who have been to multiple ENTs, and the doctors are completely mystified.
11. There may be a possibly be a fungal infection, possibly invasive, that doesn’t flush out with saline, but that’s just a hypothesis.
12. Another hypothesis: Some of the problems may be caused by the same kind of bacteria that cause tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones.
13. Finally, some patients have doctors who have diagnosed a yeast infection in the gut, which cause the smell which comes out through the sinuses or breath, and prescribed Fluconazole 150mg. This looks somewhat promising, but Fluconazole must be administered by a doctor at any rate. Here is the Medhelp thread for that:
For some more information about the fungus, put the following in your search engine.
“Fungal Theory Debated in Amphotericin B Controversy”
please refer to my problem in the post dt feb 15, i was not satisfied with the doctor's advise and went to another ENT. He carefully examined me and asked several questions and told me that i am having acid reflux due to which a very distinct foul unbearable smell is coming from my throat and mouth. The other symptoms that i am having are burning in the throat near tonsils( usually when the burning is more the smell is also very bad), very bad taste in the throat and nose. The problem is worsen for last two days. Please tell me whether i should believe on this ENT. I am having acidity problem. I have to cough severely and there is accumulation of sticky liquid in the throat and i have to remove it severely. However there is also burning sensation in my left nostril which is swollen from inside.
Your doctor knows what he is talking about. To be more specific in point #7 that I made above, some problems are caused by Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There is also laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) which, I think but don't know for sure, is gas coming up from the stomach and causing similar problems.
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