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Is Your Flatulence Foul Smelling?


Is your flatulence foul smelling? It's true that a very bad odor exists when some people pass gas. While we all eliminate intestinal gas from our bowels, not everyone sees this experience as a problem.

Some people view passing gas as a normal bodily function, while others may feel that their flatulence is of an unusually bad smell and therefore abnormal.

However, only a fraction (less than 5%) of the gases eliminated through the anus are responsible for the unpleasant odor. These are sulfur gases and are usually produced by certain bacteria in the colon.

Some foods can encourage the production of malodorous gas. Occasionally, people with certain intestinal diseases, for example those suffering from the malabsorption of nutrients, may experience very bad smelling flatulence.

Those people who find flatulence odor troublesome may wish to consider purchasing a flatulence deodorizer. Several varieties of these products are presently on the market.

These "fart filters" are reusable and usually consist of an activated charcoal cloth pad that is worn inside the underwear over the anus. The wearer is virtually unaware of its presence because the filter thin and comfortable. Some companies sell carbon cloth pads that are washable and reusable and last for several weeks.

The flatulence filter pads absorb the gas odor when a person passes gas. People who have digestive disorders associated with IBS, IBD, lactose intolerance, diabetes, spastic colon, Crohn's disease, colitis, and other gastrointestinal diseases may find these products especially useful.

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