High stomach acid symptoms

High level of stomach acid may generate various symptoms, most common among them are; dry mouth, flatulent, nausea, heartburn, and/or chest pain.

Sign and symptoms of high stomach acid

Some of the common high stomach acid symptoms are:

  • Heartburn or burning pains are in the upper stomach region (just behind the breastbone or the center point below the ribcage). It is due to lack of tightness in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES - a muscular valve). This may be due to too much food in the stomach or pressure causes the LES to open (should be close if the food is in the stomach). Additionally, certain citrus fruits and other food items may make the LES to relax; thus, acid rich stomach content enters into the esophagus causing inflammation.
  • Dry mouth, throat and thirst – may be due to high acidity environment.
  • Flatulence (gas expelled through the anus) - is due to high stomach acid indigestion, the undigested food reaches the large intestine. The intestinal bacteria digest these partially digested foods and release’s carbon-di-oxide gas.
  • Sour belching of acid food - is eructation of gas from the stomach through the mouth.
  • Nausea or vomiting – throw away foods from the stomach.
  • Severe hunger – occurs within one to two hour immediately after a meal.
  • Improper digestion of food – is due to early stomach-empting caused by high stomach acid.
  • Loose stool - that when expels may produce burning sensation.

The pain will specifically occur from one and a half to two hours after food (this time is how fast the digestion has completed in the stomach) and relieved by the food intake or antacids.