Discusses belching and burping and is for patients and the public. It is the first in the series of two videos.
This video will attempt to answer the following QUESTIONS;
What is aerophagia ?
What are the common causes of excessive belching?
How is excessive belching managed ?
When should someone with troublesome belching consult a doctor ?
• Belching or burping happens when excess air in the stomach and esophagus is expelled through the mouth. .
• Aerophagia is the swallowing of excess air into the esophagus and stomach .
• Habitual aerophagia is the repeated swallowing of air into the esophagus and then belching to release it.
• Post nasal drip is extra mucus felt dripping down the back of the nose and throat.
Small amounts of belching after eating is normal. Swallowing of excess air into the oesophagus and stomach is called aerophagia. Habitual aerophagia may be due to stress and anxiety. A doctor should be consulted if there is habitual aerophagia, weight loss, acid reflux, difficulty in swallowing, or if troublesome belching does not respond to diet and life style changes.
The videos are easy to understand and tries to use everyday language as far as possible. The videos are full of images and follow a standard format of topic objective, word index, content and summary. Each topic covers diagnosis, investigation, management and prevention. Videos are an average of between 5 to 10 minutes
I have over 30 years of experience in managing patients with gut and liver problems . I am a gastroenterologist and hepatologist and was trained in Edinburgh and Tokyo and have worked in academia and the private sector.
As the adage goes “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I believe combining images and explanations using blackboards, helps one better understand a medical condition. With knowledge, a person gets a better sense of control, and hence is empowered to make informed decisions.