Aerophagia - Symptoms

Gases by aerophagia

The literal meaning of the term aerophagia is "eating air". So the aerophagia is defined as morbid swallowing air, through frequent gulps of air inadvertently made by the person.

Air ingested accumulates in the stomach, it expands and causes frequent belching often assume a rhythmic pattern.

Symptoms of aerophagia

The main symptoms that may accompany aerophagia are:

  • Belching
  • Anorexia, ie lack of appetite.
  • Dyspnea, ie respiratory distress.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling annoyed tension in the abdominal wall.

Aerophagia and dyspepsia

In dyspepsia also usually have these symptoms due to gastric fermentation that produces abundant dyspepsia. However, there is a way to tell if the symptoms are dyspepsia or aerophagia. In dyspepsia, belching to be caused by the emission of gas from the fermentation and not by the ingested air, belching are fetid, foul-smelling, while in the case of aerophagia belching are not smelly.

In the clinical observation aerophagia, the doctor discovers a more or less marked dilatation of the stomach, and the heart moves something up as a result of gastric dilatation pressing on the diaphragm.

Cause of aerophagia

Aerophagia abnormalities may manifest in the form and arrangement of the stomach, irritative inflammatory ferments of the gastric mucosa (gastritis), and above all, emotional nerve disorders in people with anxiety, eating too fast or are bingeing. It can also occur in people neuropaths, as nueurasténicos, neurotic, etc..

Infant Aerophagia

In the case of the infant, the accumulation of air in the stomach (aerophagia) has a mechanical origin, not nervous. Aerophagia infant usually appears when the child swallows frequently performed in vacuum, ie, with little or no milk in the act of sucking. Aerophagia infant usually appears when the baby is eager to milk or when your mouth does not fit well in the mother's nipple. In these cases, instead of entering a drink of milk, get a lot of air through the empty set in the act of sucking. It can also occur when the child sucks his thumb or pacifier.

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