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Alternative namesBelching is the act of bringing up air from the stomach with a typical sound.
ConsiderationsDepending on the cause, belching may change in duration and intensity.
Symptoms such as nausea, dyspepsia , and heartburn may be relieved by belching.
Home CareRelief may be obtained by lying on the side or in a knee-chest position until the gas passes.
Avoid chewing gum, eating quickly, and eating gas-producing foods and beverages.
Call your health care provider if
Call a health care provider if the belching is persistent and unexplained, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms.Note: This is usually a minor symptom, and often quite insignificant.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination will be performed.
Medical history questions may include:
After seeing your health care provider:
If a diagnosis was made by your health care provider of the cause of persistent belching, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.
Update Date: 1/26/2004Sreeni Jonnalagadda, M.D., Interventional and Pancreatobiliary Endoscopy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT