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Excessive Burping


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Burping or belching happens to everyone. The medical terminology is eructation. It is a natural process of releasing swallowed air from the stomach in an attempt to normalize too much distension of the stomach.


But why does excessive burping occur?

You must have come across people who burp every now and then. Presence of excessive air in the stomach is not always the reason behind going overboard with burping.

Some other causes are: 

Improper eating habits

You are likely to burp too often when you eat, drink and swallow very fast. Burping also happens where your food intake timings are random. Anxiety while eating, sucking hard candies and sipping with straw can also trigger burping.

Watch out what you eat

Carbonated drinks, soda and chewing gums, sipping with straw etc. make you burp. Gassy foods like cabbage, cauliflower, raisins, peas, lentils, milk, alcohol etc. can also cause burping.

Medical conditions

  • Pressure exerted on the abdomen from hernia
  • Gastrointestinal disease, gastritis, dyspesia, gastroparesis, peptic ulcers
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Malfunctioning of the gallbladder

Excessive burping is also a side effect of stomach infection from H.pyroli and other types of food allergies.

Side effects of medicines and supplements that cause gas inside stomach.

Burping is common in pregnant women due to abdominal pressure and slowdown of digestive system.


What are other symptoms associated with burping

Excessive burping can be a moment of embarrassment in public places.

If you have acidity, then the stomach acid might travel upward till your mouth rending an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth and burning of throat

You might also experience abdominal pain, stomach bloating and discomfort. Some more symptoms associated excessive burping are: flatulence, diarrhoea or constipation, nausea and vomiting.


When to see a doctor?

Burping is not a cause of concern. However, if you are having too much burping and too frequently, along with considerable discomfort in stomach then you may seek doctor’s advice.


Diagnosis of excessive burping

Your doctor will check your eating habits and symptoms of acidity or other gastrointestinal discomfort and the circumstances under which you tend to burp excessively. 

Let your doctor know if you are taking medicines or supplements or have a history of intestinal problem or anything else.

Your doctor will physically examine your stomach by pressing specific points for swelling, gas, pain, etc. To get a clear picture of your digestive system and its probable complicacies, your doctor might advise ultrasonography and gastric emptying studies.


Treatment for excessive burping

If gastrointestinal problems are causing excessive burping, then medicines might be prescribed to improve the function of your digestive system.

Otherwise, home remedies and self care prove to be the best cure for excessive burning.


Self care and home remedies for burping

Eating style and eating habits- Eat slowly. Take time to chew your food. Do not gulp in food no matter how much in hurry you are.

Avoid eating processed foods, gravy- spice laden foods in order to decrease the load in your digestive system.

Drinking habits- Make sure your mouth cups the opening of your bottle when you drink water. Do not raise the bottle and drink. This prevents you from swallowing air. Cut down on alcohol and carbonated drinks when you have burping problem.

Get your body moving- This is the best solution for belching, flatulence, etc. Walk, run, exercise or do anything that would increase your metabolism.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: March 10, 2014