ABDOMINAL PAIN OR INDIGESTION

Abdominal pain is commonly referred to as a stomach ache.

 

Stomach aches can be due to indigestion, trapped wind, overeating, smoking, a viral or bacterial infection. 

 

If the stomach ache is sudden and severe in a particular area of your belly, it could be due to more serious causes like appendicitis, ulcers, gallstones or kidney stones.

 

HOW TO TREAT AT HOME

  • Sip water
  • Avoid solid food for a few hours
  • Avoid milk and other dairy products

 

SEE YOUR GP IF YOU HAVE:

  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting that persists for a few hours
  • severe pain

 

GO TO THE A&E IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING:

  • sudden and severe pain
  • sweating and breathlessness
  • vomiting that does not subside
  • blood in your vomit
  • bloody or black stools