What other symptoms might occur with belching?

Belching may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Digestive symptoms that may occur along with belching

Belching may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:

  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Other symptoms that may occur along with belching

Excessive belching may accompany symptoms related to other body systems. Belching can occur as a nervous habit and may be associated with generalized symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Emotional stress
  • Nervousness

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Belching alone is rarely a sign of a medical emergency. In some cases, however, belching may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, choking
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding or bloody stool
INTRODUCTION

What is belching?

Belching, or burping, is the expulsion of gas from the esophagus and stomach out through the mouth. As the gas escapes, it produces the characteristic sound known as a burp or belch (eructation). The most common cause of belching is swallowing air.

Swallowing air and belching are natural occurrences... Read more about belchingintroduction

CAUSES

What causes belching?

Belching is the expulsion of air from the digestive tract, most often as a normal response to swallowed air in the stomach. Everyday habits and behaviors that encourage the swallowing of air are major causes of belching.

Everyday causes of belching

You may develop belching from swallowed air in various situations including:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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