SIBO or IBS? The answer is a breath away.
Shortly after birth, the human digestive tract is populated by many kinds of bacteria. In some cases the bacteria become overly abundant, resulting in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The symptoms of SIBO are similar to those of IBS, and a new test can easily determine the cause of the discomfort. The so-called “breath test” detects abnormal amounts of hydrogen in exhaled air, which may indicate the presence of SIBO. The overgrowth can then be treated with antibiotics. Medical News Today, Dec. 20, 2007