Indigestion

Indigestion

 

Indigestion is one of those words that we all think we understand but which can be rather hard to define. It is best used as a term to describe unpleasant or even painful sensations in the top of the abdomen or perhaps in the lower part of the chest, which usually come on after eating or drinking. Indigestion is a common problem. It may be triggered by eating particular foods, or drinking wine or carbonated drinks. Indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers can occur if offending foods are eaten. Milk or dairy products can lead to flatulence or sputtery diarrhea that leaves an empty feeling in the stomach.

Indigestion is common in adults, but rarely a serious health problem. Usually indigestion is from eating too much, eating too fast or eating when stressed. Indigestion and heartburn are common problems for both kids and grownups. That's why you see all those commercials for heartburn and indigestion medicines on TV! Indigestion, which is sometimes called dyspepsia , is a general term covering a group of nonspecific symptoms in the digestive tract. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, bloating, nausea, heartburn, or gassy discomfort in the chest or abdomen.

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia , is a broad description of several different stomach ailments. Under the indigestion umbrella are conditions such as acid reflux , heartburn , bloating, and gastritis . Indigestion may be caused by numerous factors, including eating too fast or too much, medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or medical conditions such as gastritis and pregnancy. Some people experience chronic indigestion that is not caused by these factors. Indigestion and heartburn are usually caused by overeating, obesity, chocolate, fried foods, carbonated beverages, alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes. Eliminating these causes is the first step in preventing occurrences of indigestion.

Indigestion is the most common problem affecting up to 80 percent of population. The major danger with indigestion is that at its early stage no abnormality is discovered, especially in the case of a younger patient.

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