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What is Indigestion?

Indigestion, also called upset stomach or dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen. Indigestion is often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting.

What Causes Indigestion?

Indigestion might be caused by a disease or ulcer in the digestive tract. However, for many people, indigestion is caused by eating too much, eating too quickly, being tired, drinking too much caffeinated beverages, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful situations.

Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, using medications that irritate the stomach lining, can also cause indigestion or make it worse.

Symptoms of Indigestion

Some of the most common symptoms are:

  1. pain or burning in your upper stomach - usually in the middle
  2. nausea
  3. bloating
  4. burping that you have a hard time controlling
  5. heartburn
  6. abdominal pain
  7. vomiting
  8. acidic taste

How to avoid Indigestion

The best way to avoid indigestion is to avoid the foods and situations that seem to cause indigestion.

Talk to your doctor

If you have indigestion frequently, you should talk to your doctor. Indigestion may be a sign of a more serious condition.

You may need further tests if you have indigestion and:

  • Have symptoms that are severe and don't respond to treatment
  • Your stool is black
  • Vomit blood
  • Vomit persistently
  • Lose weight very quickly without trying to
  • Feel generally unwell
  • Have difficulty swallowing

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