Belching or burping is basically the release of gas from the digestive tract (mainly esophagus and stomach) through the mouth. The belching and gas sometimes has sound or smell, either of which is often considered impolite. Some gas is ok, but excessive gas can be a symptom of digestive problems, and may even be an early warning sign.
Belching can also be quite harmless because when we swallow food, we also swallow air (aerophagia). The gas that leaves your mouth is usually a mix of nitrogen and oxygen. Foods and liquids with gas like carbonated soft drinks or beer, create much more gas. But it may be better to let that gas out of the mouth rather than have the gas to into your body.
Some belching that can be a sign of a more serious digestive problem is a sign of something more serious than just swallowed gas. If you are experiencing dyspepsia, nausea and heartburn that may be a sign of an ulcer or hiatal hernia. If you have a complex and dangerous digestive disorder you may also be experiencing other digestive symptoms by monitoring your poop to look for problems.
Belches usually come with very undesirable noises and often smells that accompany the burps. While the terrible sounds of most belches can be suppressed, the smells often can not be suppressed and the bad smells often linger on for tens of seconds and maybe minutes. The bad smell and the sounds are often embarrassing. Most people are often excused if they do their best to prevent the loud sound and the following bad smell.
Some people, on the other hand, take pride in their belches as a sign of manliness. They take the loudness the the duration of the sound as a factor that makes them more rugged and manly. Withholding judgment of whether it is better to be proud or embarrassed of belching, some amount of burping and having gas is completely normal when it comes to health.
Of course, not all belching is a cause of the imagination, or a simple byproduct of swallowing too much air. Some medical conditions cause people to produce too much gas that goes back up the esophagus, and comes out as a burp. Medical conditions such as Gastritis or Acid Reflux are common causes of excessive gas that typically comes out as burps.
Gastritis is a medical condition where the stomach becomes inflamed. This condition can be treated successfully with antibiotics after it has been properly diagnosed by a doctor. Another digestive disorder that can cause excessive burping is having a peptic ulcer. Acid reflux, also commonly known as GERD, is another common cause of frequent belching. People with GERD have a buildup of stomach acid that comes back up the esophagus.
Medical professionals warn to monitor accompanying symptoms that occur with excessive belching, such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or blood in the stool (hematochezia). If you experience some of these accompanying symptoms, you should consult with a medical professional in order to properly diagnose the underlying cause.