Aerophagia is a medical condition characterized by excessive and repetitive swallowing of air, which leads to the accumulation of gas in the stomach and intestines. The term “aerophagia” comes from the Greek words “aero” (air) and “phagein” (to eat). This condition is also sometimes called “supragastric belching” or “functional belching.”
Aerophagia can cause discomfort and bloating, and in some cases can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. It can be a symptom of underlying medical conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety disorders, or a functional gastrointestinal disorder. It can also occur as a side effect of medications or medical procedures.
Treatment for aerophagia usually involves addressing the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, dietary changes or behavioral modifications may be recommended, such as eating slowly and avoiding carbonated beverages. In more severe cases, medications or psychological therapies may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and help manage the condition.