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Getting Rid Of Bloating And Gas
Simethicone: Simethicone is available over-the-counter w/o prescription in the states to help deal w/excessive gas. Sudden increase in fiber can do this as well as consumption of certain foods: beans are famous for inducing flatulence. Figure out what your triggers are and try to avoid them. Or talk to your doc about simethicone. ...Read more
Get diagnosed: Once diagnosed, the appropriate treatment would follow. For example, if it was a bacterial infection, then antibiotic medications may be needed, ..If it was a virus, then rest, clear liquids for 24 hours, then slowly increasing your diet to a soft "brat" like diet, then increasing slowly to a regular diet may be in order. Diagnose first, the tx, best wishes. ...Read more
Couple options...: You might consider trying a probiotic supplement to improve the balance of healthy bacterial flora in your intestine. Also, try starting a low-fodmaps diet to eliminate all the commonly fermentable foods that cause gas and bloating. Find more info about this: ibsfree.Net. Good luck! ...Read more
Abdominal bloating: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort /bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, functional syndromes may be present without underlying inflammation or structural pathology. Check with your doctor for examination ; treatment options, particularly since your problem seems to be ongoing. Not pregnant, right? ...Read more
What causes "gas": Gi gas arises from maldigestion (enzyme deficiency like lactose intolerance), food intolerance (ex. Gluten sensitivity), fermentation (as with bacterial overgrowth syndrome or changed flora after antibiotics), altered GI tract motility/gastroparesis, excessive air swallowing, inflammatory ;infectious causes. Any peptic symptoms, early satiety? Tried acid blockers yet? Also check out fod-map diet. ...Read more
What's the cause 1st: Recurrent abdominal discomfort is first addressed by accompanying signs/symptoms that may localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Age? Gender? Risks? Also, what testing have you had? ...Read more
ABDOMINAL PAIN: Avoid carbonated and caffienated beverages.Try maalox or gasex.If symptoms still persist see your doctor. ...Read more
Simethicone: Avoid foods or increased amounts of food that seem to cause bloating. You can eliminate a food at a time to fingure this out. Otherwise, make sure that with meals, you take a simethicone containing medication to disperse the gas. You may need to slow down your eating and drinking. Often times, people swallow lots of air with rapid eating (swallowing) and drinking. Put fork down between bites. ...Read more
Few suggstions...: Bloating may be caused by excessive air or gas in the gut. Simethicone or charcoal containing supplements may offer fast relief. Probiotics are another class of supplements that may be helpful. Prevention of gas and bloating with a low-fodmaps diet (ibsfree.Net), elimination of carbonated drinks, and avoiding gum chewing and hard candies all can help. ...Read more
Must Diagnose First: I'm afraid that we are unable to treat what we haven't diagnosed. There are many different causes of abdominal pain, each with different ways to treat. If your pain is persistent, severe, associated w/high fever+/-vomiting, you should seek hands-on medical attention. We can then sort out the cause and get you well. Good luck. ...Read more
Several ways: Excess fiber in relkation to your fluid intake will lead to bloating. Some foods produce a lot of gas so i would reduce legumes and leafy vegetables. Reduce carbonation and dont use straws as this leads to increased swallowing of gas and thus bloating. But increased fluids and not going overboard on fiber is the best solution. ...Read more
Depends on what: Is cause of abdominal distention. If it is gas, try some otc gas reducing meds or modifying diet to reduce gas producing foods. If it is intestinal obstruction or excessive fluid, you need medical attention immediately. Sometimes gallstones can cause distention. Get to a doctor for specific recommendation. ...Read more
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