Acid reflux is an annoying condition in which digestive acids back up into a person's throat. Acid reflux can trigger a wide variety of annoying symptoms, such as heartburn, discomfort in the stomach, nausea, and excessive burping. Burping is a visible symptom that can cause embarrassment to acid reflux sufferers. Fortunately, many steps can be taken to get rid of this problem. It can be treated symptomatically, and you can also treat the acid reflux itself to stop the burping.
Visit your doctor to make sure that your burping is actually being caused by acid reflux. Excessive burping is indeed a common symptom of acid reflux, but that is not the only cause. Your doctor needs to confirm the problem so you can make sure you are treating the right condition.
Avoid eating foods that can trigger excessive gas production. Even though your burping may be triggered by acid reflux, it will be worse when you eat certain foods that cause even more gas to be produced. These include cabbage, beans, brussels sprouts, and milk.
Avoid swallowing air. This can get trapped in the stomach and contribute to burping, especially if you already have acid reflux problems. Air is typically swallowed when you chew gum, smoke, or drink a beverage rapidly. It can also happen if you wear loose or poorly-fitting dentures.
Take medication that prevents excess gas and burping. Simethicon is found in over-the-counter medications such as Gas-X, Rolaids, Multi-Symptom and Maalox and is very effective at relieving acid reflux burping in many sufferers.
Take medication to treat your acid reflux. Because acid reflux is at the root of your burping, treating it will get rid of your burping at the source. Over-the-counter and prescription treatments include Prevacid, Zantac, Pepcid, Prilosec, and Tagamet. You can start off with an over-the-counter drug, and if it is not effective at getting rid of your burping and other symptoms, you can get a prescription from your doctor.
Some acid reflux sufferers take activated charcoal to fight gas because it is natural and effective. If you are taking other medications for your acid reflux or another condition, ask your doctor before using charcoal. It can absorb those medications and make them less effective.