Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Stop My Uncontrollable Belching?!

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 02:02 PM


Question: What is the cause of and how can I treat uncontrollable belching?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Belching (called eructation in medical lingo) usually occurs from swallowed air. Carbonated gas drinks are the most common cause. Some of us have excessive salivation, and as a result, swallow more air than usual. Most of our swallowed air does not pass though the bowel, but is belched up (eructated).
Poorly fitting dentures, gum chewing, nausea, and GERD, are common causes of increased salivation, resulting in "burps." Antacids may also cause belching. Of course, smoking while eating or drinking will also produce swallowed air. Belching is rarely a sign of major disease, but when persistent should be investigated. Older patients may merit a cardiac as well as gastro-intestinal evaluation if belching is not corrected by dietary changes.

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