Burping happens to everyone. It can be caused by eating or drinking too fast, swallowing too much air, or consuming carbonated beverages. But what about those times when the burps just won’t stop? The ones that sound like you’re trying to launch a rocket into space? Well, my friend, that could be a sign of something more serious.
Let’s Talk About Burps
Before we dive into the causes of constant loud burping (CLB for short), let’s take a moment to appreciate the science behind them. Burps happen when gas builds up in your stomach and has nowhere else to go but out through your mouth.
There are two types of gases in your GI tract: oxygen and nitrogen from swallowed air, and methane and other gasses produced during digestion. Normally, these gases pass through your digestive system without issue. However, if they get trapped in your stomach or upper intestine due to an obstruction or slow motility (aka things aren’t moving along as quickly as they should), then you’ll start belching like it’s going out of style.
Now let’s move onto some possible reasons why you might be experiencing CLB:
1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
GERD is one of the most common causes of CLB. This condition occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (the tube connecting your mouth to your stomach). In addition to burping, GERD can cause heartburn, regurgitation of food or liquid from the throat back down into the mouth, and even chest pain.
Gastroparesis is a condition where there is delayed emptying of food from the stomach into intestines . Symptoms include nausea/vomiting/heartburn/upper abdominal discomfort/fullness/distention accompanied by symptoms such as frequent burping. Gastroparesis may be caused by nerve damage or muscle dysfunction resulting from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or certain drug treatments.
3. Peptic Ulcer Disease
Peptic ulcer disease is an ulcer in the lining of stomach or upper part of small intestine usually due to H.Pylori bacteria colonization . This can lead to excessive burping along with other signs and symptoms such as abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea/vomiting/acid taste reflux etc.
4. Hiatal Hernia
A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes up through your diaphragm into your chest cavity. This can cause a variety of GI issues including CLB, chest pain and difficulty swallowing food due to narrowing of lower oesophagus which gets trapped above point causing pressure on surrounding organs.
5. Food Sensitivities
If you’re constantly burping after eating specific foods (think beans/cabbage/onions/red meats), it could be a sign that you have a food sensitivity/intolerance/allergy . These conditions occur when your body has trouble breaking down certain types of proteins (known as allergens). Burps are just one symptom – others include diarrhea/constipation/bloating/cramping/rash/hives/swelling especially around mouth/throat area etc .
What Can You Do About It?
Now that we’ve covered some possible reasons why you might have CLB, let’s talk about what you can do about it:
- Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
- Drink less carbonated beverages
- Avoid trigger foods
- Quit smoking or using tobacco products
- Wait an hour before lying down after meals
- Consider taking over-the-counter antacids
- Manage stress levels
If lifestyle changes don’t help alleviate the constant barrage of belching then please contact medical practitioner for further evaluation/diagnosis/treatment because nothing should come between us and our favourite foods!
Now you know some of the potential reasons why you might be experiencing CLB. While it’s usually nothing to worry about, certain conditions could be the culprit. If your burps are causing distress or interfering with daily life, then medical help may be necessary .
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