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Hi, I'm new here. First time story is long but I'll give you the Reader's Digest version as best I can.

I have a 16 year old daughter. When she was 7 years old, she started having halitosis. The kind of bad breath that would fill a small space, i.e. a car. I was very perplexed. Since when do normal, seemingly healthy 7 year olds have bad breath? I took her to the dentist and there didn't seem to be any issues there. I took her to an ENT. She had a CT scan of her sinus cavity and post nasal drip was ruled out. I took her to a pediatric gastroenterologist and was tested for H Pylori, test was negative. A couple months of not getting anywhere, she developed strep throat. Within an hour of her first dose of antibiotics, her bad breath went away and stayed away for a a couple of years. In fact, she had no bad breath whatsoever. Not even morning breath.

Then it came back. Since it worked last time, I asked her doctor to prescribe it again (amoxicillin). This time it kept her bad breath at bay until this past November. I asked her doctor to prescribe some antibiotics because of her past history. It worked during the duration of taking the drug, but her bb came back within a week. A couple of weeks later, she developed strep throat again, so she went back on antibiotic. Same thing. Worked at first, then didn't.

Back to the gastro doctor. This time she ordered an endoscopy. The results were that she was sensitive to dairy and had a hiatal hernia. There really was no definitive reason why she was suffering from halitosis. So, she put her on another antibiotic thinking that maybe she had bacterial overgrowth. I can't remember the name but it was sulpha based. The drug worked while she was taking it, but she didn't take the last pill because she broke out in a rash all over her body. Her doc thinks she may be sensitive to sulpha so she made her stop. Within a week after she stopped it, her halitosis came back.

I took matters into my own hands and took her completely off dairy because those lactaid pills did nothing for her and started giving her a probiotic daily. Boom! It worked from day one. For about a month. Then the bad breath appeared again.

I am absolutely at a loss. She is upset about it and is tired of chewing gum. Gum is probably not helping her case because of the refined sugars which is bad for bacterial overgrowth, if that's what her problem is.

It has to be from the stomach, right? If antibiotics and diet changes seem to help her, even if it is just temporary. It's very offensive and she's embarrassed by it. Does anyone have a clue what it could be? Thanks for any help!

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