Raise your hand if you have never had discomfort in your stomach! We are in full bikini operation, the summer dinner of the company, the communion of the nephew or the wedding of the cousin of the town, we allow ourselves some excesses and the next day the happy annoyances begin. Doctors call it Dyspepsia but colloquially, we call it indigestion, it occurs in one in 3 adults at some time.
What are the causes that provoke it?
- Abundant foods, fats, alcohol, spicy
- Caffeine, tobacco
- Infection by hlicobacter pylori
- Psychological disorders such as anxiety or depression
- Excessive consumption of anti-inflammatories or aspirin
As for the symptoms it can give us we find the following:
- Pain in the upper abdomen
- Swelling sensation
- Sting, burning
- Nausea, vomiting
Should we go to the doctor for those discomforts?
The eternal doubt arises and then we can have an easy guide as to when it will be necessary and when it is not:
- We do NOT need to ask if it relates to a clear cause: an excess
- Consult with your doctor if you also have:
- Discomforts that do not improve after a few days
- Vomiting with blood or with the appearance of coffee grounds
- Black or bloody stools
- Weight loss
- Changes in coloration of the skin/eyes
- Problems swallowing
In order to prevent dyspepsia, those people who usually have it are advised:
- Avoid triggers:
- Eat little by little, chewing food well
- Quit tobacco and alcohol
- Avoid fatty, plentiful foods and caffeine. Also avoid drinks with gas
- Reduce the intake of anti-inflammatories
- Avoid having dinner just before bed and not stretching after eating
- Infusions such as chamomile, Marialuisa, pennyroyal or licorice can help digestion.
- Decrease overweight to reduce the chances of reflux.
- Control stress and exhaustion.
- If you usually suffer from dyspepsia, after an excess take antacids to calm the discomfort.
And if all of the above does not work, consult with your doctor to perform the pertinent examination and evaluate, adding other medications to minimize the symptoms.
*Content validated by the medical team of mediQuo.