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Help!!!! Onion from HELL breath & aftertaste day after eating..................

I come to you my fellow hound countrymen/women on bent knee asking, no begging, for your kindness in sharing a remedy to get rid of bad, super bad, onion from hell breath and after taste.

Last night I had a delicious salad that had fresh raw red onions. I LOVE onions and even took my buddies who picked them out of his salad because of his own onion issues. So I had double onions and I loved it. When I got home last night I brushed my teeth before bed, when I woke up this morning I brushed again, actually I've brushed 3x's this morning, even brushing my tongue/mouth to the point of gagging. (in the process of gagging myself this morning I started to cough/dry heave and have pinched a nerve in my neck!!)

I have the worst onion dry mouth in the back of my mouth near my throat. Thus far I have done the following;

1.) Brushed 3x's
2.) Gargled twice, even swallowing some to make sure I got back far enough
3.) Brushed my tongue and mouth as mentioned above
4.) Drank a ton of water and coffee at this point
5.) Ate a "heavy" breakfast for me, normally I just eat grapefruit, but I got a breakfast sandwich hoping to "cover" the taste.
6.) Chewed 2 pieces of Orbit gum, one of which I accidentally swallowed while trying to rub it around the back of my mouth with my tongue. Not an easy task.
7.) I took some alka seltzer this morning as well, at first thinking it was a result of agida.

So far nothing has worked, I have a dull dry onion type after burn in the back of my mouth that will NOT go away. Every time I swallow it's like eating a bite of onion and well it's just gross.

I ask my fellow hounds..........do any of you have a sure fix for a problem like this? I'm afraid to speak to anyone in the office I think I have Shrek breath. HELP !!!!!!!

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    1. re: Veggo

      Thanks pal. You're the kind of guy if I had a bad cut on my head, would put the tourniquet nice and tight around my neck.

    2. Maybe this is an obvious question, but have you tried flossing?

      (alliums are my absolute favorite thing, so I sympathize...)

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      1. re: Steve Green

        8.) Flossed (last night, I'm an end of the day flosser)

        I didn't add that to my original list because I can feel like a dry onion patch near the back of my mouth........it's not a teeth gum issue.

      2. Try chewing tea leaves. Both fresh leaves, used leaves--i.e., used in making tea--green tea as well as black tea work.

        1. Eat a large parsley and mint salad (NO ONIONS! LOL), followed by a couple teaspoons of mustard (only rinse, don't swallow the mustard).

            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              Maybe I'll give it a try, the straight vodka did nothing to thwart it last night.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                A pitcher of Bloody Marys - celery and lime, included.

                1. re: MGZ

                  Tell me where and I'm there..............

            2. Try gargling with salt water.

              1. I was thinking something more like a Coating solution-- Mylanta or other "chalk drink."

                Could it be that you Burned that spot on your mouth with onion oils?

                The onion smell/ taste may be coming up from your stomach or out of your pores, so the smell isn't directly related to the dry spot.

                Wonder what adding asparagus to your system would do at this point??

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                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  Perhaps "burn" wasn't the best term to use, it doesn't hurt or feel burned in any way.......it's just like I can feel a "dry" onion patch in the back of my throat, hard to explain but it's not burned in the traditional sense of the word.

                  I've experienced this before with heavy onion or garlic meals, but never lasting the day after like this. I'm inter-coming everyone today, I won't leave my office to speak face to face. lol

                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                    <wonder what adding asparagus to your system would do at this point?>

                    OP is trying to get rid of odors not add more to his body.

                    1. re: latindancer

                      I was wondering if something that rushes through the system could "push out" what was in front of it.

                  2. Not to worry, it's all in your head.

                    1. LOL - this is why i don't eat raw onions. The aftertaste in my mouth drives me craaazzyy. If you can get some fresh mint (my garden is full of it already) chew a few sprigs. You can also chew on fresh parsley - not great but it should kill the taste. you can get chlorophyll tabs at the health food store and chew on those.

                      Good luck my friend!!

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                      1. re: basil4me

                        Oh trust me you don't need Chloroform, I'm easy!!

                      2. Lemons? Aren't lemons supposed to be good at removing odors? Also, tomatoes? isn't that what you use to remove skunk stink? If it can do that, onions should be no problem. Good luck!

                        1. I learned from my dentist that brushing your tongue actually doesn't make much of a difference - what really works is scraping your tongue. Get a tongue scraper and scrape, scrape, scrape. Learning about this has made a huge difference in my life - my mouth and tongue feel so much cleaner and healthier, and I really notice when I don't get a chance to scrape my tongue.

                          Certain types of floss picks also have tongue scrapers on the side. I don't know if scraping with fix this particular issue, but I think it might help a lot. I've noticed that a lot of similar issues have been helped by tongue scraping...

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                          1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn

                            Also, if you ever try this, really try to scrape from the back of the tongue, as far back as you can go.

                            1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn

                              Really? I've assumed that "brushing" my tongue was equivalent to scraping it. I've never bought a tongue scrapper but I might now, bad breath is a HUGE pet peeve of mine, as I guess you can tell by this thread. lol

                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                Tongue scrapers are the answer to excellent health.
                                They started in Asia and quickly caught on in the Western world several years ago. I bought my first one in Hawaii approx 40 years ago, before dentists on the Mainland even know what they were, and have been doing it ever since. Mine are metal but the ones sold in stores are typically plastic?

                                The tongue holds so many germs and you're doing your body good by using one. Brushing isn't the same.

                                1. re: latindancer

                                  Mine is metal too. Now that I think about it, I got it years ago from an Ayurvedic practitioner.

                            2. Lots of garlic, preferably raw. That way, people won't be able to smell the onions.

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                              1. re: raytamsgv

                                Isn't there a saying about having friends like you??

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  Yes. With friends like me, vampires would be the least of your worries. :-)

                                2. re: raytamsgv


                                  Asparagus and now garlic.

                                  1. re: latindancer

                                    Onions, garlic, asparagus, cigars.....soon the best way to take Jr out in public will be to Cryovac him!

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      …and dump him in a river although it'd probably kill the fish…
                                      The stench.

                                      1. re: latindancer

                                        Nice real nice.......a guy appeals to his fellow hounds for help and advice and the outcome is the hounds killing him and dumping him in a river. Geeze...........

                                    2. re: raytamsgv

                                      Make sure to have some beets too, just so the stuff that comes out the other end scares off vampires etc.

                                    3. I've used a "tongue scraper" as part of oral hygiene for a long time. There are different types, but they all work the same. Are they effective? I don't know, really, but it leaves your mouth feeling really fresh. Most pharmacies have them in the dental care aisle.

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                                      1. re: Pat Hammond

                                        As I stated above I honestly thought brushing it achieved the same affect, apparently I'm wrong and will be getting a scraper.

                                      2. This is a harsh remedy but it was the only thing that worked after eating some delicious but VERY garlicky hummus. DH and I had dragon breath all the next day and that lingering taste-ugh!

                                        Brush your teeth with baking soda and rinse well with hydrogen peroxide. It will bubble, the oxygen bubbles are what kills the odor. That's my theory anyway. Then rinse several times with plain water to get the noxious mix out of your mouth. Not good for the faint of heart or if your gums aren't in good shape.

                                        You will be trading the onion taste for a taste that's reminiscent of stale socks. It goes away pretty quickly though. ;)

                                        I'd try the parsley 1st. ;)

                                        1. Ya know how you can get rid of the smell of garlic on your hands by rubbing them on stainless steel? Maybe give your sink faucet a good lick.

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                                          1. re: EM23

                                            Or a frozen metal light pole in the dead of winter.

                                                1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                  Gee, I hope Jr doesn't see all this mean talk behind his back....:)

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    "Gee, I hope Jr doesn't see all this mean talk behind his back.....:)"

                                                    Yeah yeah yeah.....I see it alright!! You know you are all lucky I'm thick skinned, ok well I'm actually just fat not "thick skinned", but I'm seeing this all the same!

                                                    Sheesh....and I'm the one that get's daily emails about not staying on topic. I wish every single one of you were here with me so I could give you a nice big onion, garlic, asparagus, cigar, gin and tonic, bloody mary, tongue scrapper, chloroform, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, stainless steal licked sink, salt water soaked kiss!!! (did I get everything?)

                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                      If it makes you feel any better...

                                                      It'll be a nice river with really lovely scenery.

                                                      1. re: latindancer

                                                        And we'll sprinkle rose petals on the surface.

                                                        1. re: Veggo


                                                          Great idea.
                                                          They'll be the beautifully fragrant rose petals.
                                                          Maybe some aromatherapy candles on the riverbank.

                                                    1. re: EM23

                                                      This does actually work, although I use a spoon. I am absolutely serious.

                                                      1. re: sarahendipity

                                                        Wow! That's great.
                                                        Looks like you got a date with your cutlery this evening, Jr.

                                                    2. You take my breath away. I think you may be... well, I think you me a lot of things, but I think you maybe allergic to onions, finally.
                                                      Here are my solutions:
                                                      Drink a shot of vodka
                                                      Drink plenty of liquids including milk
                                                      Eat some carbs - bread/potatoes/etc.
                                                      Eat Mushrooms, lemons, carrots
                                                      Eat plain yogurt
                                                      Chew whole cloves, fennel/anise seeds (don't swallow Duh)
                                                      Gook luck. Beauty is only skin deep, it's what's inside that counts.

                                                      ETA: Is Binaca still on offer?
                                                      Altoids are great!

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                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        <...it's what's inside that counts.>

                                                        And that's the problem: what's inside him is Onions!


                                                        1. re: mcsheridan

                                                          Hah... I know, that's why I said it.

                                                          FWIW: when a recipe I'm going to make requires raw onions I prep them and soak the slices the very first thing in whatever vinegar is to be used. I do use that soaking vinegar in the recipe but soaking seems to eliminate sulfur bite. And as far as I know no one has complained, so far... Of course The Dear Boy didn't have that opportunity since he was in a restaurant.

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            Funny you should mention that about soaking the onions. I'd recently made some potato salad, and found the chopped red onions I'd added had too much of a bite. Either here or on Serious Eats, I can't recall which, I saw something about sliced onions soaked for 10 mins. in cold water. (they also indicated other liquids would work, too.)

                                                            So, before I made macaroni salad this past weekend, I did just that, and it made all the difference. I'm a convert.

                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                              I rarely use raw onions but when a recipe calls for them I salt them first to get the bitter out. I really like vinegar idea- might get me back to adding them to potato salad.

                                                        2. I just wish I could see the look on Mrs. jr's face when she comes home, sees her husband, passed out and snoring is his Lay-Z-Boy, surrounded by the debris of all these home remedies, sniffs, and wonders to herself, "I wonder what smells like onions in here?"

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                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                              They've been married for some years now so one would hope each has picked up on the predication of the other.

                                                            2. Well, we know JR isn't Scott Conant in disguise!!

                                                              1. By now, I assume your onion breath is gone (well, not your breath, just the onion component), but for future reference: whenever you have bad breath that brushing and scraping doesn't cure, then it's in your system and requires a systemic cure.

                                                                The most effective treatment I've found is to eat a lot of plain parsley. Even if you love parsley, it's a really unpleasant cure, but it's pretty good at neutralizing the odors of garlic or onions.

                                                                My mother once tried to get my dad to eat a pound of parsley after he'd spent a day at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and came home reeking like a burnt tire.

                                                                1. Well, jr, did you try any of the home remedies? What worked?

                                                                  Enquiring minds want to know!

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                                                                  1. Brush your teeth with a stainless steel soup spoon?

                                                                    1. I just want to thank everyone for your help and kind responses. (Kind responses so that leaves Veggo and MGZ out of my "thanks")

                                                                      Anyway I was at work when I posted this so I was unable to try many of the suggestions given to me. I did drink tea, but didn't try to chew it, I wasn't sure if it was suppose to be in the bag or not. After work I was running late so I just picked my son up and we went for Chinese food which seemed to help mask the onion dry patch. By the following day it was gone.

                                                                      I am getting a tongue scrapper though! Thanks again!! (Still not you Veggo or MGZ)