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Indigestion (Heartburn) ; Causes, symptoms and treatment.

 
Overview:
Indigestion (Heartburn) in easy way is  described as  a strange feeling of abdominal discomfort – which  include belching, heartburn, bloating,  a feeling of fullness and nausea. 
Indigestion may be triggered by eating particular foods, or drinking alcoholic or carbonated drinks. It may also be caused by eating too fast or by overeating  spicy foods, fatty foods, high-fiber foods, or too much caffeine.  

Causes:
·        Drinking too much alcohol.
·        Eating spicy foods.
·        Eating fatty or greasy foods.
·        Eating too much (overeating).
·        Eating too fast.
·        Emotional stress or nervousness.
·        Gallstones.
·        Inflammation of the pancreas (acute or chronic pancreastitis).
·        Inflammation of the stomach (acute or chronic gastritis).
·        Tobacco smoking.
·        Too much caffeine.
·        Ulcers (gastric or duodenal ulcer).
·        Use of certain drugs such as antibiotics, aspirin, and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Symptoms:
·        Indigestion symptoms change noticeably.
·        Symptoms last longer than a few days.
·        You have unexplained weight loss.
·        You have sudden, severe abdominal pain.
·        You have trouble swallowing.
·        You have yellow coloring of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
·        You vomit blood or pass blood in the stool.
Treatment:
·        Allow enough time for meals.

·        Chew food carefully and completely.

·        Avoid arguments during meals.

·        Reduce exercise and excitement  immediately after a meal.

·        A calm environment and rest may help relieve stress-related indigestion.

·        Avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs. If you must take them, do so on a full stomach.
·        Antacids may relieve indigestion and this medications are available OTC such as ranitidine (Zantac) and omeprazole (Prilosec OTC). Or described by the doctor for long period of medication .
 
Indigestion (Heartburn) ; Causes, symptoms and treatment. Reviewed by Tpdsm on August 09, 2017 Rating: 5

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