Most noises we make, such as farts, sneezes, and burping, are generally harmless. But occasionally, they are telling us that something is not right within.
It is important that you know when these pops and crackles become scary, so you can take action when needed. Here are some common sounds that your body makes and how to decode what they want to tell you:
- Nose Whistling: This means that airflow is blocked. Other times, it could mean that there is too much mucus in the nasal passages. Use antihistamine or a decongestant unless you had a nasal trauma. In this case, call an ENT to repair the torn cartilage through surgery.
- Snorting: Your nose is congested. One thing you can do is rinse with saline solution to remove the excess mucus. If accompanied by bleeding, call your doctor.
- Sneezing: Bright lights and viruses can cause you to sneeze. Don’t worry if you sneeze louder than other people as this just means that your lungs are bigger than them. Test for allergy if you have chronic sneezing attacks.
- Burping: You swallowed too much air while eating or talking. But if this happens frequently, check for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a result of overeating or too much pressure on your stomach.
- Farting: Main culprit of farting is flatulence, meaning you swallowed excess air. It’s normal to fart 20 times per day, sometimes more, depending on your diet. But if gas is accompanied by abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating, call your doctor.
- Stomach Growling: Muscles in the stomach and intestinal area can cause your tummy to growl. Stress can also cause this, along with specific foods such as dairy products. This body noise is harmless, but it can be a reason for social discomfort. If the sounds become too embarrassing, try eliminating stress through meditation and yoga.
- Snoring: When the tissues and muscles in your throat are too relaxed, they vibrate as you breathe. Alcoholics tend to snore more than those who don’t drink. Some people snore when they’re congested, so sleep on your side if this is your case. Snoring can be a sign of a breathing problem known as sleep apnea. This health condition can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Many of us have the habit of ignoring these sounds; after all, they all seem pretty normal. However, it does pay to listen to what your body is trying to tell you every once in a while. This way, you can prevent health problems before they turn serious.