This is a gnawing and burning pain in the stomach, attended by disturbed appetite. It is generally caused by great acidity of the stomach, and is a symptom of dyspepsia, and often afflicts pregnant women. Whenever too much food is taken, it is liable to ferment, and become extremely sour, causing heartburn. In such cases, vomiting often occurs; and what is thrown up is sour, and some9 times bitter.
Treatment. Immediate temporary relief may be obtained by swallowing a teaspoonful of soda, magnesia, or chalk, in a tumbler of cold or warm water. Fluid magnesia, or limewater, will answer the same purpose. If there is wind in the stomach, as well as acidity, a teaspoonful of the aromatic spirit of ammonia, or (135), will often still the uneasiness in a moment.
To cure the complaint, the stomach must be strengthened by the remedies directed for dyspepsia.
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