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Is burping dangerous?

Burping is the action of expelling gas from the gut through the mouth. It is completely natural and normal and there is nothing dangerous about it. The problem is if you are belching all the time, day in, day out. There are times when burping is inadequate or undesirable and to belch at an inappropriate time, or to belch all the time may be embarrassing for everyone.

Causes of excessive belching

Common causes of excessive belching include allergy to foods, bad dietary habits, medical conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, gallbladder disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or physiological states such as pregnancy.

Being allergic to some components in the food might cause burping after consumption of such foods, which contain problematic substances. In example, people with lactose intolerance will break up milk and dairy products in a wrong way, which produces lots of carbon dioxide, which is removed either by winds of belching. Bad eating habits such as overeating, eating late, or eating too oily and too spicy food can also cause excessive burping. Acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease is condition where stomach acid ends up in the esophagus Symptoms of this disorder include difficult breathing and eating, nausea and heartburn, acid taste in mouth, chest pain – and excessive burping. Burping is a common symptom in many GERD sufferers.

Excessive burping during pregnancy is caused by slower digestion than normal, which allows for decomposition of food in the gut and formation of gases. Digestion is slower for two reasons. Firstly, elevated levels of progesterone slow down and relax muscle tissues, including those in the gut, which causes slow movement of food through the intestines. Also, the growing fetus presses on the intestines and slows down digestion. Irritable bowel syndrome can also be related to excessive burping.

This syndrome is caused by the improper functioning of the large intestines and is connected with symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea and gas, nausea, pain in the stomach and bloating. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. Problems with the gallbladder can cause symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, vomiting, excessive burping, and chest pain.

Treatment

Treatment for excessive burping will vary, depending on the causes. People allergic to some foods should not use those foods in their diet. Avoiding oily and spicy foods can get rid anyone of excessive burping. Increased fluid intake helps to digest the food faster. You should chewing your food properly. Medicines such as nexium and antacid are used in treatment of acid reflux. Gallbladder problems are often addressed by surgery.

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