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Halitosis & Metronidazole

Posted by
michael on July 15, 2001 at 20:03:47:

I have suffered from halitosis for 30 years. My teeth are fine and I have had my ears, nose and throat examined. Everything is fine from the neck up. I have had my stools examined and they show no trace of parasites.

Apart from the halitosis, my only other symptoms are a loud gurgling in my stomach and explosive bowel movements. My stools also smell terrible. The gurgling and the bowel movements I can live with, it is the halitosis that makes life difficult.

A couple of years ago I was prescribed Metronidazole for an unrelated infection. To my surprise this also cleared up my halitosis. It cleared up 100% but lasted only 2-3 weeks. Not only did the halitosis clear up, but the gurgling in my stomach stopped and my bowel movements became normal (not explosive, soft stools, no awful smell).

Recently I took a ten-day course of Metronidazole hoping that this might clear up my problem once and for all. 3 weeks later my symptoms returned. Or more exactly, they returned slowly over a period of weeks. As time passes, the halitosis worsens.

Is there a condition that causes my symptoms and that responds to Metronidazole?

My Doctor tells me that I cannot take Metronidazole too many times. I clearly need another treatment. Any ideas?

Thanks



Metronidazole....

Posted by LT on July 16, 2001 at 02:12:30:

In Reply to: Halitosis & Metronidazole posted by michael on July 15, 2001 at 20:03:47:

can have terrible documented side effects, including cancer. My dog was on it for a month and it paralyzed her temporarily and caused her to have strange siezures....it can be pretty nasty if on too high a dose, or on for too long.

I know that this antiprotozoa (sp?)/antibitoic is a prime treatment for giardia, among other encysted bacterial forms. I am confident that you must have some sort of critters that aren't showing up on any of the tests, which really is pretty normal -- at least that's my experiences with canines.

I'm sure someone here will have some good advice for you soon in terms of treatment. A good starting place would be to look in the archives regarding Leaky Gut Syndrome and its treatment.

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Re: Halitosis & Metronidazole (Dysbiosis.) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 16, 2001 at 10:50:43:

In Reply to: Halitosis & Metronidazole posted by michael on July 15, 2001 at 20:03:47:

Hi, Michael.

You are learning what this 'site has been saying for years: most halitisis is from the colon. Dysbiosis is the result of LGS and it is the dysbiosis that causes the halitosis. Parasites eventually move in but they are not needed for the halitosis.

The fact that the metronidazole made a difference PROVES that parasites are present. Where did you get your stool tested for parasites and what kind of a specimen was it?

REMEMBER, the CDC admits that local labs only find 1 out of 50 actual test parasites placed in a test specimen. Even Great Smokies only finds 1 out of 5. That is why it is necessary to send at least 5 purged stool specimens to have a chance of finding most of what you have. A comprehensive stool analysis is what is needed to tell about your dysbiosis.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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