Such a phenomenon as frequent belching is probably known to every person. Then exactly a harmless belly speaks of a dangerous disease?
The periodic belching is completely normal. It is often air that is swallowed during a meal or enters the stomach through carbonated beverages, which exits through the esophagus. However, if cases accumulate, it is not only annoying but can also be a health hazard.
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Frequent belching can be a warning sign. If symptoms such as heartburn or severe stomach pain are added, an underlying medical condition may be the cause.
The specialist explained what symptoms to look out for and what measures can bring relief. This is reported by the online news agency t..
What is belching?
When you sneeze or sneeze, the air you swallow usually rises again. Doctors call it air-swallowing aerophagia.
Gases produced by certain foods in the stomach can also cause belching. For example, legumes, onions, garlic, peppers or whole grains.
Burping often occurs several times a day. If too much air has accumulated in the stomach, the body tries to “release the pressure” with a natural reflex. Burping is a common consequence:
- Diet for stress
- Talking while eating
- Eating large portions
- Drinking carbonated beverages
- Use of chewing gum
- Sucking sweets
- Consumption of cold drinks or food
Pregnant women are also more likely to spit. In addition, frequent belching can be caused by illness. For example, such as reflux, gastritis or food intolerance. Therefore, frequent belching can be an alarm.
When is a belly a warning sign?
Burping is initially harmless. Even if the pulp bursts or the belly is sometimes sour, it is usually harmless.
You should be careful if food from the stomach is often pushed upwards into the esophagus. Or if heartburn is regularly accompanied by belching.
Heartburn is characterized by a sour, caustic burp, during which acid from the stomach can travel from the esophagus to the throat. Patients describe a burning sensation behind the sternum. Reflux can cause occasional heartburn.
“The so-called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is by far the most common cause of frequent heartburn with symptoms of severe pain, belching and increased food pulp,” explained Professor Heiner Wedemeyer.
He is the Director of Clinical Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the Medical School of Hanover (MHH). In addition, he is the press secretary of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS).
Get treatment for heartburn
Almost everyone experiences heartburn at least once in their life. Usually, the burning sensation behind the sternum does not last long and is often the result of eating rich, fatty and sweet foods. Recurrent heartburn should be treated.
“The lining of the esophagus can be damaged by frequent contact with stomach acid,” Wedemeyer explained. The result is not only inflammation and damage to the mucosa. “Due to the constant exposure to the acid, the cells of the mucous membrane can change in the long run in such a way as to cause esophageal cancer or stomach ulcers.”
What other diseases can cause belching?
Frequent belching can indicate more than just reflux. Other medical conditions can also cause belching, such as:
- Gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach)
- food intolerance
- Weakening of the muscle (sphincter) at the junction of the esophagus and stomach.
- Diverticula in the esophagus
- Narrowed esophagus
- Stomach Ulcer
“In order to detect possible serious diseases at an early stage, people who often urinate sour and whose belching is accompanied by nausea, pressure in the stomach and a burning sensation behind the sternum should be examined by a doctor,” the gastroenterologist recommended.
Small dietary changes facilitate belching
You can find out if certain eating habits cause frequent belching by making a few small changes and seeing if belching decreases:
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Avoid fizzy drinks for a while.
- Eat lots of small meals during the day instead of lots of big ones.
- Reduce coffee, black tea, sugar and fatty foods.
- Do not talk too much while eating.
- Do not drink iced drinks.
- Reduce gas-producing foods for a while.
- Drink very little alcohol.
“If belching and heartburn improve, it shows that eating habits are the cause. “If the complaints persist or even worsen, you should consult a doctor,” Wedemeyer said.
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