Have you ever experienced a stomach feels hot? There are a variety of causes for the stomach to feel hot, such as gastric acid disease (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – GERD) or gastritis. In addition, there are also symptoms of abdominal pain whose causes are not known with certainty or also called dyspepsia.
Recognize some of the causes of a stomach feel hot and how to deal with a stomach that feels hot below.
What Causes a Stomach Feels Hot?
In general, heartburn is a symptom of indigestion that is triggered by many factors. The most common contributing factor is acid reflux or an increase in stomach acid into the esophagus. Reflux can also cause irritation in the esophagus, so it feels like something is blocking the chest. Reflux can also cause discharge and gastric contents from the mouth, and nausea, vomiting.
Other factors that can cause complaints of a stomach feel hot include eating patterns that often consume chocolate, spicy food, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages, smoking, having obesity, and pregnancy. In addition, some of the following digestive diseases can also make the stomach feel hot.
The term dyspepsia refers to symptoms of indigestion which the cause is not clearly known. Symptoms besides heartburn sensation, namely flatulence, nausea, belching, and discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen. Smoking, consuming too many alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, or taking nonsteroidal pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin can increase the risk of dyspepsia.
Immediately consult a doctor if symptoms persist, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, such as dark or blackish stools, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and pain that radiates to the jaw area, neck or arms.
GERD (Gastroessophageal Reflux Disease)
GERD occurs when the lowest muscle ring in the esophagus does not close completely after food enters the stomach. As a result, stomach acid, sometimes with food, rises back into the esophagus and causes the stomach to feel hot.
A number of factors can cause GERD, including pregnancy, obesity, and smoking. In addition, food can also trigger GERD, which is spicy and sour food, including foods made from tomatoes.
People who suffer from GERD usually experience the following symptoms.
- Stomach feels like burning or tenderness which gets worse at night or when lying down.
- Breath sounds like someone suffering from asthma. This is because reflux causes irritation in the airway.
- Dry cough.
- Feel full quickly.
- Burping and vomiting often.
- Mouth feels sour.
To diagnose GERD doctors need to do a physical examination plus supporting examinations such as acidity or ph tests, as well as endoscopy and X-ray examinations. As a treatment measure, doctors will usually prescribe medicines to suppress the production of stomach acid.
Gastritis is caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori which attacks the stomach. This bacterium can damage the protective lining of the stomach wall. When this protective layer is damaged, the stomach wall will be irritated by stomach acid and become inflamed. A number of medical conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or inflammation of the intestine, celiac disease or hypersensitivity to gluten, excessive stress, smoking and excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages can also trigger gastritis.
Gastritis symptoms other than heartburn after eating or lying down, namely:
- Abdominal pain, especially in the solar plexus.
- Loss of appetite.
How to Handle Stomach Feels Hot
Here are some ways to relieve pain or a burning stomach.
Healthy and clean diet
You are advised to lose weight if you are overweight or obese, stop smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and do regular exercise, to improve digestive health.
Avoid spicy, sour foods, foods made from tomatoes, onions, mint, coffee, and chocolate. Patients are advised to eat tasteless snacks such as rice, corn, or biscuits. Eating small portions but more often can also help overcome the symptoms.
Avoid things that can aggravate stress. To help you relax, you can try to get into a regular exercise routine, and follow yoga, or meditation.
Drugs such as antacids can neutralize the acidic nature of gastric fluid. If this drug does not work, the doctor will give drugs that affect stomach acid production, so that the amount of acid produced is reduced. The doctor will also prescribe antibiotics if the cause of the illness is a bacterial infection.
The method above can be first aid if you experience a burning stomach. However, consult a doctor immediately if the symptoms of pain you experience are disturbing, occur more than twice a week, and if you feel the need to take antacids every day to resolve complaints.