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When is burping a problem?

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Burping as many as four times after a meal is normal. However, some illnesses can make you burp a lot more than that. These include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sometimes called acid reflux, happens when acid in your stomach flows back into your esophagus and causes heartburn. If you have this only occasionally, you can treat it with over-the-counter medicines. If you have it a lot, though, you may need to make changes in your diet or take prescription drugs.
  • Indigestion, also called dyspepsia, causes pain or discomfort in your upper belly. It can come with belching, bloating, heartburn, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Gastritis happens when the lining of your stomach is irritated.
  • Helicobacter pylori is a kind of bacteria that can cause an infection in your stomach and lead to ulcers.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can also cause belly cramps, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.

From: Why Am I Burping? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The Mayo Clinic: "Belching, intestinal gas and bloating."

The Cleveland Clinic: "Gas."

University of Michigan Health Library: "Gas, Bloating, and Burping."

International Foundation for Functional Intestinal Disorders: "About GERD."

American Family Physician : "Evaluation and Management of Dyspepsia."

Indiana University Health Center: "What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?"

American College of Gastroenterology: "Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

SOURCES

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The Mayo Clinic: "Belching, intestinal gas and bloating."

The Cleveland Clinic: "Gas."

University of Michigan Health Library: "Gas, Bloating, and Burping."

International Foundation for Functional Intestinal Disorders: "About GERD."

American Family Physician : "Evaluation and Management of Dyspepsia."

Indiana University Health Center: "What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?"

American College of Gastroenterology: "Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

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