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Dr. Lawrence Szarka
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Flatulence (Overview)

Flatulence = passing gas (flatus) via the anus.


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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 = passing gas (flatus) via the anus.


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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?

Perhaps low FODMAP?: Carbon dioxide and methane are produced by the gut flora (bacteria) that live in our intestines. Flatulence is the release of this excess gas / wind. The flatulence from vegetables may be contributed by high 'FODMAP' foods; fermentable carbohydrates that my contribute to gas production. You could choose some low 'FODMAP' options; see http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ ...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

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35, m.Ibs-c. What kind of nutrients should be more in food carbohydrates or fats or proteins or vitamins. How to make a good diet to prevent flatulence?

Diet: Best diet includes whole fruit, whole veg, whole grains, and healthy proteins --- Egg white is superior to all. Quinoa is excellent. Beans and lentils are excellent. Milk protein is excellent. Whole grains are good but not sufficient. Nuts are excellent. Yogurt is excellent. Minimize beans and lentils to have less flatulence. ...Read more

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What should I eat at a restaurant to avoid flatulence?

What to avoid: More important than what to eat is what to avoid. Avoid carbonated beverages, chewing gum, drinking through a straw, eating fast and while talking, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower etc) and beans. ...Read more

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I have a constant pain that gets more intense when i breath, also accompanied by pain in top of shoulder and lots of gas (burping not flatulence) ?

I have a constant pain that gets more intense when i breath, also accompanied by pain in top of shoulder and lots of gas (burping not flatulence) ?

Gas Pain ?: Did not say which side. Sounds like gas under diaphragm. When you breathe diaphragm flattens pushing upper abdomen organs down compressing gas thus pain radiating up into chest/shoulder. Splenic (left) or hepatic (right) flex urge syndrome ? ...Read more

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How do I get chronic flatulence if I already stopped drinking milk?

How do I get chronic flatulence if I already stopped drinking milk?

Maybe not milk: Lots of things cause flatulence. Some are foodstuffs: lactose, fructose, sorbitol (in sugarless gum, candy), beans/legumes, veggies like brocolii, cauliflower, onions garlic, carbohydrates in starch, gluten in grains, carbonated beverages, coffee, alcohol, swallowing air, smoking, as well as intrinsic GI disorders. Do a diet diary, with symptoms; bring to your doc; figure out what's doing. ...Read more

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Are there any dietary / lifestyle factors cause excessive flatulence?

Are there any dietary / lifestyle factors cause excessive flatulence?

Flatulance: Milk & dairy products, starchy foods like potatoes & pasta, wheat & oat bran, artificial sweeteners in hard candy, bananas, peaches, apricot, raw apples, pears, raisins, mellons, prune juice, fructose in cola drink, beans & lentils, onion, green pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peas, corn, celery, artichoke, carrots, asparagus. ...Read more

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How can I stop flatulence?

Change of diet/check: You need to go over your diet and avoid the foods that are responsible for the symptoms it may be lactose intolerance, high fiber diet, meds you are taking, constipation etc.Check with your doctor to find the cause if change in food habit does not help. ...Read more

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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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How do I control flatulence?

How do I control flatulence?

Avoid certain foods: Eating a healthy diet can cause gas due to excess fiber. Since humans don't digest the fiber, intestinal bacteria will eat it and make gas as a byproduct. "beano" enzyme may help. Another reason is lactose intolerance, in which one can't digest lactose (milk sugar). "lactaid" tablets help. A third reason is sugar alcohols, like maltitol, that can cause gas. The doctor can look for other causes. ...Read more

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How can you relieve flatulence?

Depends: All of us have flatulence and some people have more than others. Certain foods can cause more gas production than others because we can not digest parts of the food's make up. Bean-o helps with the digestion of certain types of carbohydrates that we do not have the enzymes to digest. You could try that. ...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