Breath Odor Overview
Breath odor, also called Halitosis or “bad breath”, can occur due to personal hygiene issues or from a variety of diseases. Poor oral health, sometimes complicated by a dental infection, can cause breath odor. Various respiratory infections can cause breath odor (e.g. common cold, sinusitis, lung infection), as can many types of gastrointestinal disorder (e.g. reflux, GERD, appendicitis, esophagus disorders, etc.).
Specific types of breath odor have particular causes. Fruity breath odor (acetone breath) occurs in diabetic ketoacidosis and various other diseases. Fecal breath odor can occur from gastrointestinal blockage. Ammonia breath odor can occur with kidney disease and uremia. Musty breath odor can be caused by simple respiratory infections (e.g. sinusitis, common cold), or by severe liver failure.
Breath odor of the various types has a number of serious possible causes. Any type of breath odor needs prompt medical diagnosis by your doctor.
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- Halitosis: Halitosis is the medical name for bad breath or breath odor. Temporary halitosis may be caused by recently eating foods
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- Common Cold: The common cold refers to any number of viral infections of the nose and throat. Typical symptoms are all too
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- Sinusitis: Sinusitis is the inflammation of the areas called the “sinuses”, which are cavities in the facial area, near the nose
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- Gastrointestinal Disorders: Gastrointestinal Disorders are any disorder of the stomach, intestines, or other parts of the digestive system. Common examples include gastroenteritis
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- Reflux: Reflux is the regurgitation of stomach contents into the mouth (acid reflux), usually along with a particular type of epigastric
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