Halitosis-Medical Origins

When halitosis doesn’t originate in the mouth it becomes a concern for your medical doctor. Some causes of medically induced halitosis are listed as follows:

  • Metabolic disorder
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Compromised immune system
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Gatrointestinal disorders
  • Liver/renal failure
  • Hormone imbalances

Medical tests may need to be performed to determine if you suffer from any of these conditions. In these cases the priority is to diagnose the underlying health condition due to its detrimental effect to the overall health. Resolving the health condition and getting rid of the halitosis is a side benefit.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease can be combated with proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics. Helicobacter pylori infections of the stomach can be resolved with antibiotics.  Surgical therapy may also be required in some cases. Tonsillecotomy, adenotonsillectomy,  or sinus surgery are often the best option for dealing with the sinus conditions that contribute to halitosis. More extreme health issues can result in the need for liver or kidney transplant. Finally diabetes or amino acid disorders need to be properly treated.