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Wednesday, 23 May 2018
There are many possible causes of abdominal bloating, including fluid retention, irritable bowel syndrome, and infection. Most of the time it is harmless and it can be treated at home.
Abdominal bloating can very painful. Some people notice that their stomach looks swollen or misshapen, or they may experience sharp abdominal pain. In many cases, the cause may be something as simple as indigestion or too much gas building up in the stomach and bowels.
Gas- A build-up of gas in the stomach and intestines is among the most common causes of bloating. Other possible symptoms include:
· excessive flatulence
· feeling an intense urge to have a bowel movement
· feeling nauseous
Gas can be caused by:
· certain foods, including cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage
· a stomach infection
· chronic illnesses, such as Crohn's disease
· a range of other conditions
In most cases, gas goes away on its own after a few hours. Sona’s Peppermint capsules work to help alleviate these symptoms. Peppermint is a known treatment for stomach problems such as gas and bloating.
Indigestion is discomfort or pain in the stomach. Most people experience brief episodes of indigestion from time to time.
It is often caused by:
· eating too much
· excessive alcohol
· medications that irritate the stomach
· a minor stomach infection
Stomach infections can cause gas, which may also be accompanied by:
· stomach pain
These are often due to bacteria such as Escherichia coli or Helicobacter pylori, or a viral infection such as norovirus or rotavirus.
Stomach infections usually go away on their own after a few days. However, some people may become severely dehydrated or continue to get worse over several days. These individuals should see a doctor.
Eating salty foods, having food intolerances, and experiencing changes in hormone levels can all cause a person's body to retain more fluid than it would otherwise. Some women find that they are bloated immediately before getting their periods or early in pregnancy.
Chronic bloating due to fluid retention could have a more serious cause, such as diabetes or kidney failure. If the bloating does not go away, a person should speak to a doctor.
Some people become bloated after eating certain foods. For example, people who are lactose intolerant, or who have a gluten allergy or celiac disease. The bloating usually goes away on its own but may be linked to diarrhoea or stomach pain.
Both IBS and Crohn's can cause gas, diarrhoea, vomiting, and unintentional weight loss.
Constipation often causes bloating. Causes of constipation include:
· not enough fibre in the diet
· food intolerance
· certain bowel disorders
· nutrient deficiencies, including magnesium
· certain medicines
Treatments and home remedies
Consuming peppermint may help to reduce the symptoms of abdominal bloating.
Bloating can usually be safely treated at home. Some options that may help include:
· applying a heat pad to the stomach
· drinking water
· eating peppermint
· drinking carbonated water
· taking Sona probiotics to balance out the good bacteria in the stomach
Medical Daily News, reviewed by Saurabh (Seth) Sethi, MD MPH
Merck Manual, By Norton J. Greenberger, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital