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Gas and Gas Pains

Information about Gas and Gas Pains

We Have to Know about the Gas and Gas Pains

  • Everyone passes gas, generally at least 12 or more times a day. But some people have excessive gas that bothers them most of the time. In some cases, the gas you can’t expel can cause intense, intermittent abdominal pain
  • Passing intestinal gas (flatus) usually isn’t serious, it can be seriously embarrassing

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

Causes of Gas and Gas Pains

  • You swallow air when you’re nervous, eat too fast, chew gum or drink through a straw
  • Lower intestinal gas is produced when bacteria in your colon ferment carbohydrates that aren’t digested in your small intestine
  • Healthy foods — such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (beans and peas)
  • Carbonated beverages, such as soda and beer
  • Excessive use of laxatives
  • Constipation
  • Food Intolerances

Do’s and Don’ts of Gas and Gas Pains

  • Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones
  • Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and don’t gulp
  • Avoid chewing gum, hard candies and drinking through a straw
  • Don’t eat when you’re anxious, upset or on the run, eat slowly

Signs & Symptoms of Gas and Gas Pains

  • The voluntary or involuntary passing of gas, either as belching or as flatus
  • Sharp, jabbing pains or cramps in your abdomen. These pains may occur anywhere in your abdomen and can change locations quickly. You may also have a “knotted” feeling in your stomach
  • Abdominal bloating (distension)

Medical advice for Gas and Gas Pains

  • Severe, prolonged or recurrent pain in your abdomen, with nausea, vomiting, bleeding, weight loss or fever

Risk factors of Gas and Gas Pains

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy diets

Treatment for Gas and Gas Pains

  • Most of the cases respond to diet modifications and medicines

Self-care for Gas and Gas Pains

  • Try a cup of peppermint tea.
  • Reduce your use of dairy products
  • Temporarily cut back on high-fiber foods
  • Try cutting back on fried and fatty foods
  • Try to identify and avoid the foods that affect you the most

Investigations for Gas and Gas Pains

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