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Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. The common causes of bad breath are poor oral hygiene, tobacco, foods like garlic and onions, xerostomia (dry mouth), certain drugs, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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I have asthma, with a foul smell coming from my nose and throat. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have allergic asthma and nasal polyp since the past year. I have seasonal asthma since my childhood, and during an endoscopy, they found a 7 mm polyp at the GE junction, which is benign. I am feeling fatigue, and some foul smell is coming from my throat and nose. My recent blood work ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi,Welcome to to the history provided, you are having asthma and acid reflux disease.To cure asthma, I suggest using Salmeterol and a steroid combination inhaler. Here steroid components can lead to throat irritation and secondary throat infection, for example, candidiasis like...  Read Full »

How to cure bad breath permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, My mouth stinks very badly. What shall I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Get a full mouth scaling done from a dentist. Start using antibacterial mouthwash (example: Listerine) twice daily for two weeks. This is the best for stinking mouth (bad breath/ halitosis). Another method for curing bad breath is saline mouth rinse. Take a small ...  Read Full »

Why do I have teeth sensitivity, pain, and bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old boy. I have teeth pain and sensitivity whenever I drink something cold or hot. Why does it occur? I also have stains on my teeth. I do not smoke or drink alcohol, but my teeth do not look white. How can I improve the colour of my teeth? Also, why do I get the smell ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashish Goel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from halitosis. You must be having sensitive teeth, hence having pain or cold or hot sensation. I suggest using Sensodyne toothpaste. Try using Orahex (Chlorhexidine) gargles twice daily for bad breath. Slight staining is normal, it has to be noted ...  Read Full »

Is my bad breath due to the fever medications I took?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe bad breath problem after taking fever medications for a week. Does it come from my stomach? Please help me, as I am embarrassed.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bad breath is due to the destruction of good bacteria in the intestine by antibiotics. I suggest you try probiotics, such as Lactobacilli, thrice daily for two weeks. You will feel better.  Read Full »

Why do I have body odor and halitosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been struggling with body odor and halitosis lately, and it has been affecting my confidence and social interactions. Can you provide insights into the potential causes of both body odor and halitosis and any tips or remedies to manage these issues effectively? I am eager to un...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Body odor and halitosis can be caused by various factors, and addressing them effectively involves understanding their underlying causes and implementing proper hygiene practices. Here is some information and tips f...  Read Full »

Why do I have persistent bad breath despite maintaining good oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had extremely bad breath for the past seven years. People have moved away from me as they could not tolerate my bad breath. Finally, I consulted a dentist who told me I have no underlying dental conditions. I also have really good oral hygiene. I floss, brush twice daily, and us...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there are no underlying dental conditions, the issue might be with your gastroenteric bacterial colonies causing this bad breath or your tonsils which may be infected. I suggest you consult an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon to check whether you have tonsil st...  Read Full »

Please suggest a solution to control bad breath.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. When I talk to someone they said I have bad breath, and I brush and come back again. But I always clean my tongue properly. Most of the people whom I have talked about said I have bad breath.  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakaran

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bad breath or halitosis is a common problem. There are a number of potential causes and treatments available. Simple home remedies, and lifestyle changes, such as improved dental hygiene and quitting smoking, can often remove the issue. The best method to reduce hali...  Read Full »

Why do I have a bad breath despite regular brushing and use of mouthwashes and flavored gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bad breath despite regular brushing and use of mouthwashes and flavored gums. Also, I have a dental crown in my mouth, which I do not think is the reason for my bad breath. Kindly guide.   Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing good. Bad breath can occur for many reasons, one of them being gingivitis or gum inflammation that occurs due to the hardening of plaque deposited on the teeth, which cannot be removed by regular brushing. You may need a professional cleaning don...  Read Full »

I have had chronic bad breath for a very long time. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old female. I have been suffering from chronic bad breath for a very long time. However, my teeth and gums are fine.  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a misconception that bad breath is due to dental problems, but that is not always true. The patients remain untreated because of so many social and psychological issues. The bad breath can also be due to, Diabetes. Smoking. Lung infection. Chest disea...  Read Full »

Despite good oral hygiene, why do I still have bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I notice I have bad breath no matter how well I maintain proper teeth hygiene. What can help me in this regard?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to breath, also known as halitosis, can occur due to a number of causes like poor oral hygiene, oral and dental infections, postnasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, respiratory infections, diabetes, etc. You should consult an oral physician or an otolaryngologist and ge...  Read Full »

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