Flatulence (Gas) Causing Discomfort? Here’s How To Beat The Bloat
Flatulence is a medical condition that occurs when there is excessive amount of gas accumulating in the alimentary canal. Gas in itself is not a health issue or a condition as everyone has gas, but having too much gas can be a problem. This can cause bloating and flatus, which is gas contain small amounts of sulphur, passed through the anus. Basically the air present in the digestive tract is called as gas and it may pass through the mouth or the anus.
Symptoms of Flatulence:
- Passing gas
- Bloating which causes a feeling of fullness or swelling in the abdomen.
- Pain and discomfort in the abdomen
- More serious symptoms include constipation, diarrhoea or even weight loss. Immediately visit and get checked by a doctor to avoid any serious consequences.
- Swallowing air more than the normal, like when chewing gum
- Consuming carbonated beverages in excess, or eating or drinking too fast.
- Smoking is also one of the major causes for flatulence
- Bacteria in your large intestine which are responsible to break down the undigested carbohydrates, such as the sugars, starches and fibres in the food consumed creating gas in the process.
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, where the bacteria produces extra gas in the intestine.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cause pain or discomfort in the abdomen and can even change the pattern of the bowel movement of the person.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Lactose intolerance or intolerance to milk or milk products.
- Dietary fructose intolerance or intolerance to foods that contain fructose.
- Celiac disease or an immune disorder causing gluten intolerance.
Medical conditions that influence the movement of gas in the body:
- Dumping Syndrome
- Abdominal Adhesions
- Abdominal Hernias
- Colon Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Checking the medical history such as inquiring about any past or current medical conditions, health issues, or any illnesses
- Listing the medicines being taken, if any, which can be prescribed or being bought over the counter.
- Knowing about the eating habits.
- Knowing about lifestyle habits such as smoking.
- Physical exam such as checking for bloating or swelling in the abdomen, or checking for tenderness or pain by tapping on the abdomen
Treatment & Remedies:
- Swallowing less air while chewing by eating slowly and small portions at a time
- Quit smoking
- Change in diet by having frequent meals in appropriate quantity
- Consuming less aerated beverages or food items with excess of soda added in them.
- Eating less of the foods that produce more gas in the body
- Take prescribed medicines from a doctor
- Increased physical activity as that helps in better digestion of food
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