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Suggest remedy for excessive burping in an elderly person

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: Hi, My mother is 88 years old and has had excessive burping off and on for weeks lasting two days at a time, is this something to be concerned about?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (13 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
If it's only burping then there is no serious concern

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

burping means that excessive gas is present in the stomach. This may happen due to fast eating, gum chewing, drinking carbonated refreshments, etc Other potential reasons include antacid use, infection with giardia lamblia (causes diarrheal disease) and indigestion-dyspepsia. Patients with indigestion may voluntarily swallow air because burping makes them feel better. Indigestion can be caused by various conditions like diabetes mellitus (slow gastric emptying), heart failure (reduced functioning of the gastrointestinal system) etc

So if it's only burping (without nausea, vomiting or pain) then it's a benign symptom in nature most of the times.
I hope I've helped!
Contact me again, if you'd like further details.

Kind Regards!
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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

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Brief Answer: If it's only burping then there is no serious concern Detailed Answer: Hello, burping means that excessive gas is present in the stomach. This may happen due to fast eating, gum chewing, drinking carbonated refreshments, etc Other potential reasons include antacid use, infection with giardia lamblia (causes diarrheal disease) and indigestion-dyspepsia. Patients with indigestion may voluntarily swallow air because burping makes them feel better. Indigestion can be caused by various conditions like diabetes mellitus (slow gastric emptying), heart failure (reduced functioning of the gastrointestinal system) etc So if it's only burping (without nausea, vomiting or pain) then it's a benign symptom in nature most of the times. I hope I've helped! Contact me again, if you'd like further details. Kind Regards!