After reviewing your symptoms and health history, and conducting a physical exam, your doctor will perform a breath test to detect hydrogen and methane. This is a good test to detect SIBO, as excess bacteria can cause the gas release from your small intestine. It doesn't account for hydrogen sulfide SIBO.
Patients with SIBO are often exposed to hydrogen sulfide, a third type of gas. Hydrogen sulfide can't be detected with a SIBO breath test. Hydrogen sulfide can be produced by bacteria that have overgrown in the small intestine. You can also fix your appointment with a specialist for the best hydrogen sulfide SIBO treatment.
Diagnosing Hydrogen Sulfide SIBO
SIBO breath tests do not look for hydrogen sulfide. You may be wondering how you can tell if you have SIBO hydrogen sulfide. This is a great question. Let's look at how functional medicine doctors like myself can help diagnose hydrogen sulfide SIBO.
Breath tests can't detect hydrogen sulfide SIBO. They only test for hydrogen and methane. A study found that SIBO sufferers with traditional SIBO are also at higher risk for SIBO caused by hydrogen sulfide.
Another study found that SIBO breath test results are more reliable for people who have not tested negative. It is crucial that you work with a doctor who is knowledgeable about hydrogen sulfide SIBO.
They will be able to look at the root cause of your symptoms and address any gut issues. A functional medicine doctor like me is a great option.
Your doctor will first review your symptoms. SIBO symptoms may differ from those of hydrogen sulfide SIBO. A SIBO is characterized by sulfur-like symptoms, such as belching or rotten egg smelly gas. Diarrhea and nausea may also be more common.