Medical Questions > General Forum Topics > General Q and A Forum

Smell of sulfur when I fart, and bleed

Must Read
Chronic pain affects more than 70 million Americans. But what is pain? And how can pain management help relieve different types of pain? Basic facts here....
How does the nervous system work to register pain? And what are the major causes of acute and chronic pain? Plus, who's at risk of pain here....
Acute and chronic pain manifest different symptoms. Learn the difference here and know when to seek medical help for pain....
Have you experienced this yourself?
Yes
No
I don't understand at all
0%  0%  [ 0 ]
0%  0%  [ 0 ]
0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total Votes : 0
Hello!

I have a very strange question that's been bugging me for a while, and Googling is really hard (I've found) to get an answer to this question:

I itch quite a bit analy (which isn't really the question or topic). I've had the itch for about ten years, and I know why, as I've had periods where I don't, so it just bubbles down to my own scattered brain to keep the routine I need to avoid it.

HOWEVER: Whenever I've scratched or dried so that I (externally) bleed, whenever I fart, the farts ALWAYS smells like sulfur (burnt). Is there anyone who can help me with a scientific explanation to the specific smell occuring in these situations? It really boggles me, and I find it hard to belie that it's just a random combination or blood and methane causing a smell identical to sulfur..
Did you find this post helpful?
|

User Profile
replied December 3rd, 2017
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Sulfur smell is seen in diabetes, liver problems, consumption of food rich in sulfur dioxide (used as preservative in certain food items) and vitamin B12 deficiency.

Also, if during periods you bleed from the anus, then you need to get this investigated. This happens due to a condition called endometriosis where the tissue which lines the uterus is present in other places and bleeds during menses.

Anal itch can also be due to worms in gut.

It looks like you have a number of problems, which need to be investigated as soon as possible as these can cause serious problems if not treated.

Please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance. This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied December 4th, 2017
Hi Dr. Mathur!

First off, the bleeding is only external, due to bad habits of scratching and drying with toilet paper too roughly. Unfortunately, the anus is an erogenous zone, so it's hard not to.

Secondly, I'm male. So I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with my uterus.

Thirdly, this happens specifically when I bleed. Like I can fart wihout the smell, then scratch, start to bleed and then the smell is there instantly.

Please don't make any assumptions about details before asking for the answer to them. It's very scary to think you would as a doctor..
|
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied December 5th, 2017
I am sorry, it slipped my attention that gender was not mentioned in the query. I took your statement "as I've had periods where I don't" as meaning that in some periods-you have normal ones and do not bleed from anus.

If the smell comes only when you bleed, then it could be due to sulfur forming bacteria. Apply local antibacterial cream. It is also important to rule out diabetes, liver problems, consumption of food rich in sulfur dioxide (used as preservative in certain food items) and vitamin B12 deficiency.

Hope this helps! Take care!
|
Did you find this post helpful?
Quick Reply
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our General Q and A , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.