Excessive Belching (Burping) and Bloating – Causes and Treatment

Belching is the expulsion of gas from the gut through the mouth (eructations). Bloating may occur due to gas trapped within the gastrointestinal tract and this is often relieved upon belching. Belching and bloating may be due to food, eating habits, or disorders in the stomach, small intestine or gallbladder. Bloating and gas may not always be expelled or relieved by a belch and other factors and conditions should be considered in cases of excessive bloating and gas. Belching After Eating This may be voluntary or involuntary. Air usually enters the esophagus and is expelled as a belch. It usually does not cause any discomfort or bloating. Causes of air swallowing: Fast eating or drinking Mouth breathing Nasal blockage Hyperventilation related to anxiety Regular gum chewing Poorly fitted dentures Treatment is by removing the cause. Belching After Drinking Carbonated drinks like soda and beer cause a build up of gas within the stomach and esophagus. This is then expelled as a belch. Certain antacids cause the formation of carbon dioxide as a byproduct to neutralizing stomach acid. However, air swallowing when drinking too fast or with other causes of mouth breathing can also increase gas in the upper gut. Treatment … Continue reading Excessive Belching (Burping) and Bloating – Causes and Treatment