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Dr. Lawrence Szarka
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Flatulence (Overview)

Flatulence, or gas, is a clinical finding in which a person passes gas. It is abnormal to not pass gas, however increased flatulence can be a sign of a medical condition.


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What causes flatulence odor?

What causes flatulence odor?

Germs create gasses: The odor of flattus is derived from the gas produced by the germs that live in your digestive tract. Methane is one common product. The character of the odor is influenced by your diet and the variety of gasses produced by separate bacteria.The germs live off what is not absorbed during digestion. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Szarka
947 doctors shared insights

Flatulence (Overview)

Flatulence, or gas, is a clinical finding in which a person passes gas. It is abnormal to not pass gas, however increased flatulence can be a sign of a medical condition.


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What can you do to treat flatulence that causes fecal leaking?

What can you do to treat flatulence that causes fecal leaking?

U need surgery: Of teh shincter and possibly other surgery, you need to see a gen surgeon or gyn surgeon who specailizes in this type of surgery. ...Read more

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How should I choose the best flatulence treatment?

Gas: Gas can be controlled by using otc drugs such as beano or gas-ex as well as probiotics. Trial and error of different otc medications can help you find what works for you. Gas is from food being digested by bacteria in your gut. The best way to prevent gas is to keep a journal of what foods you eat and when you get gas. This can help you minimize the foods that tend to cause you to have gas. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for excessive flatulence?

Depends on the cause: Some causes of flatulence, such as swallowing air, is only gotten rid of by either changing how we eat to avoid swallowing air, or by passing it. However, I have had some success in recommending eating raw, fresh parsley as a means of reducing the flatulence. Parsley pills did not seem to be as effective. ...Read more

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Are charcoal tablets cure for flatulence?

Are charcoal tablets cure for flatulence?

Rx for gas not cure: Charcoal is an absorbent. It can decrease gas, but it can cause constipation, black stools, interfere with absorption of meds and nutrients. Good idea is to find out the cause of the flatulence, to make sure there isn't a treatable disorder, e.g. Parasites, celiac sprue, pancreatic disease, ibd, polyps, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of flatulence from vegetables?

How do you get rid of flatulence from vegetables?

Dietary changes: A diet high in fiber and vegetables will stimulate colonic bacteria to produce the gaseous output that we technically term flatus. Examine what you used to eat, what you have changed and what you can modify. It is impossible to completely eliminate this part of metabolism but you can help things. ...Read more

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I take gas x every day . They told me that i may have gastritis... And if gas x is a drug , isn't it bad every day?

I take gas x every day . They  told me that i may have gastritis... And if gas x is a drug , isn't it bad every day?

Not necessarily bad: Gasx is simethicone, which works on gas. Not necessarily bad. However, if you have gastritis, you probably need to deal with the acidity as well. Acid buffers or blockers would help the gastritis greatly. Buffers such as antacids like maalox, mylanta, tums, etc work well. Acid blockers like zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid (histamine blockers) or prilosec/ Prevacid (proton pump inhibitors) are very effective. ...Read more

Passing Gas (Definition)

Gas, also called flatus or flatulence, is air in the intestine that is passed through the rectum. Air that is passed from the digestive tract through the ...Read more


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more