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How To Treat Stomach Pain

Overview Of Stomach Pain

  • Abdominal pain, often identified as tummy, belly or stomach ache, generally refers to spasms or a dismal ache in the abdomen.
  • It’s generally short-term and caused by a slight upset or stomach infection.
  • Stomach spasms are often due to swelling and trapped wind. This is a very standard problem that can be uncomfortable, but can be quickly dealt with; your pharmacist can suggest OTC medication to release the wind.
  • If your stomach spasms have started of late and you also have diarrhea, the cause is possibly, gastroenteritis. This means you have a virus-related or microbial infection of the belly and bowel which your immune system will generally fight off after a couple days.
  • Stomach spasms and diarrhea that make you feel very sick (for instance, causing shudders or a fever) could be due to a more severe infection, like food poisoning.
    Abdominal pain, often identified as tummy, belly or stomach ache, generally refers to spasms or a dismal ache in the abdomen.

    Abdominal pain, often identified as tummy, belly or stomach ache, generally refers to spasms or a dismal ache in the abdomen.

You should contemplate seeing your GP when the pain is:

  • Serious and getting worse.
  • Related to a loss of weight.
  • Related with blood loss from the bowel.
  • Related with swallowing problems.
  • Associated with insistent vomiting.

If you have unexpected, excruciating pain in a specific area of your belly, seek medical assistance straight away. It might be a sign of a severe infection, such as appendicitis, that will quickly get poorer without treatment.

Some medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin can cause abdominal pain as a side effect. If you think this is the case, then refer to a pharmacist or your GP to review your medications.

Stomach Pain In Kids

Abdominal (belly) pain can be caused by a few things and can range from slight uneasiness to a strong discomfort. Common causes of stomach pain in kids include:

  • A wound or stretched muscle caused by a direct force or sporting injury.
  • Menstrual discomfort in girls who have begun their periods.
  • Anxieties, anticipation or worry.
  • Wind that is stuck.

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