First Aid for Indigestion

This condition is commonly experienced by many people around the world, at least once in their life. This is a harmless condition that may cause some discomfort or pain to the sufferer.

Causes

  • Overeating
  • Eating too fast or swallowing without chewing properlystomach pain
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Eating while you are stressed
  • Eating food that you are not well-accustomed to such as spicy food—you may feel sick after eating such food items
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Certain over-the-counter pain killers when taken with an empty stomach

Signs and symptoms

  • Heartburn
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excess burping and gas
  • Bloating

Despite indigestion being a harmless condition, it is critical to note that it may be a minor symptom of a major underlying cause. If you suspect that the indigestion you are suffering from is a major issue or if you are suffering from the condition daily, consult your doctor immediately.

Consult a doctor if the following problems occur:

  • Persistent abdominal pain—lasting for more than 6 hours
  • Recurrent episodes of indigestion
  • Indigestion occurs after the consumption of any dairy products
  • You are suffering from other symptoms with indigestion

Instances in which indigestion is combined with other symptoms may be a greater cause for concern as many people confuse the signs of severe indigestion with circulatory emergencies such as heart attacks and angina. For more information about these more severe conditions enrol into a first aid course with a St Mark James provider near you.

Treatments

Depending to the symptoms you are suffering from; take any over-the-counter medication that may treat indigestion.

If you are suffering from persistent or recurring indigestion, consult your doctor as he may prescribe another form of medication or treatment.

Prevention

  • If you are overweight, have a nutritional and healthy diet and exercise
  • Avoid overeating and over consumption of alcohol and fizzy beverages
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly before swallowing
  • Do not smoke
  • Support your digestive system with ample fruits and vegetables that contain digestive enzymes. These may include kiwi, pineapple and apples
  • Avoid fatty foods and food that is too spicy
  • Chewing gum frequently can also cause bloating and indigestion
  • Drink tea and add less sugar
  • Relax after eating and have plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially water but avoid drinking too much while eating

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