Abdominal Discomfort or Pain

What should you do if you experience abdominal discomfort? Find out how to assess your symptoms, what home treatments can help ease that stomach ache, and when to seek medical treatment.

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Causes of Abdominal Pain

Commonly known as a stomach ache, abdominal pain can be caused by indigestion, trapped wind, overeating, smoking and a viral or bacterial infection. If the pain is sudden and severe in a particular area of your belly, it could be due to more serious medical issues such as appendicitis, ulcers, gallstones or kidney stones.

Home Treatment for Stomach Aches

If you are experiencing a slight pain in your stomach, try to ease the discomfort with one of these home treatments:
Sip water
Avoid solid food for a few hours
Avoid milk and other dairy products
Reduce intake of coffee, tea and alcohol as these can worsen the pain
Try over-the-counter antacids to help reduce some types of stomach pain

See a Doctor if You Have

A fever
Diarrhoea
Nausea and vomiting that persists for a few hours
Severe pain

Go to the Emergency Room if You Experience

Sudden and severe pain
Sweating and breathlessness
Vomiting that does not subside
Blood in your vomit
Bloody or black stools

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