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Abdominal Bloating: Symptoms and Treatment

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When gas or air gets filled in the gastrointestinal tract due to various health conditions, the resultant condition is known as abdominal bloating.

One in ten Americans suffer from bloating.

  • Self-diagnosable
  • Can be treated
  • Imaging rarely required
  • Short-term: Resolves within a day or two

The ability to work and participate in recreational or social activities can be severely hindered if the abdomen is bloated. Both adults and children suffer from abdominal bloating and the symptoms could sometimes be very painful.

Symptoms

Self-diagnosable

Symptoms of abdominal bloating may include a swollen abdomen. Abdominal bloating can also cause pain, excessive gas, abdominal rumbling and burping. It may also cause diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.

Treatment

Self-care: It is recommended to avoid chewing gums, carbonated drinks, foods that can cause gas such as root vegetables and foods high in lactose. Using heat pads, drinking water, and taking peppermint helps in alleviating some of the symptoms of abdominal bloating.

Medications: Over the counter medications including antacids may be prescribed by the doctor for the treatment of abdominal bloating. The doctor may also prescribe a laxative as it will provide relief from constipation.

Specialists: Sometimes abdominal bloating may cause extreme symptoms and hence require immediate consultation of a specialist. If you have prolonged pain, blood in the stools, high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, or worsening of any of the symptoms, then a specialist must be seen.

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