Gas and Bloating Directory
Though gas and bloating can be painful, they are normal conditions that often occur during digestion. Certain foods and beverages may cause you to experience these more than others. Medical conditions such as lactose intolerance and medications may also cause gas and bloating. Besides adjusting your diet, some medications may also help treat gas and bloating. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how gas and bloating is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
Clear the Air: The Lowdown on Gas
Burping and farting. They are caused by gas, and gas is caused by a number of things, some within our control. WebMD explains.
Gas, Bloating, and Burping-Prevention
You may be able to prevent gas, burping, and bloating. Take steps to avoid swallowing air: Eat slowly. Avoid gulping food or beverages. When you rush through meals or eat on the run, you are more likely to swallow air.
Gas (Flatus)-Topic Overview
What is gas?Gas (flatus) is made in the stomach and intestines as your body breaks down food into energy. All people pass gas, some people more than others. It is normal to pass gas from 6 to 20 times per day.Intestinal gas is made up of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and methane. The foul smell usually is caused by small traces of gases such as hydrogen ...
Abdominal Fullness or Bloating-Topic Overview
Abdominal fullness or bloating occurs when excess gas builds up in the digestive tract.Common causes of gas include:Swallowed air. If swallowed air is not burped up, it passes through the digestive tract and is released through the anus as gas (flatus). Excessive air swallowing may cause hiccups.Gas-producing foods and drinks, such as beans, broccoli, carbonated drinks, and beer. The amount of gas that different foods cause varies from person to person.Constipation.The side effects of medicines or supplements, such as narcotic pain medications, vitamins, iron supplements, and many medications that are used to treat constipation.Changing hormone levels. Many women feel bloated right before their periods because their bodies retain fluid. Pregnancy.Weakened abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy or abdominal surgery.Obesity.Occasionally, excess gas and bloating may be caused by a more serious medical problem, such as a bowel obstruction, liver problems, gallbladder disease, or
Sensitive Stomachs: Secrets to Gas Control
Gas can often accompany diarrhea, making an uncomfortable situation even worse. Here’s how to make your GI tract behave better.
The Truth About Gas
Many people don’t know much about intestinal gas, even though we all have it. It’s time to take the air out of some of the myths behind flatulence and belching.
Bloating 101: Why You Feel Bloated
Bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat, so a few simple changes may ease your discomfort.
Why Does My Stomach Growl?
Does a stomach growl always mean it's time to eat? Explore the science behind the grumble.
Video: Body Noises
Loud body noises don’t just come from teenage boys. Though they can cause some embarrassment, they’re actually quite normal.
Got Gas? Let it Rip!
Leading GI specialist and psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas A. Drossman, gives advice that's not full of hot air.
Symptoms of EPI
Diarrhea, weight loss, and vitamin deficiencies are some of the signs of EPI. What else points to this digestion problem?
EPI: When Your Pancreas Causes Problems With Digestion
What exactly does your pancreas do? And what goes wrong when you have EPI?
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Irritable Bowel Syndrome
WebMD's overview covers IBS symptoms, causes, medicines, and trigger foods, as well as lifestyle tips for managing this disruptive, but common, irritable bowel condition.
Slideshow: Does It Really Take 7 Years to Digest Gum?
Common digestion myths about chewing gum, beans and gas, hernias, ulcers, and more.
The Intestines (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Location, Parts, Definition, and Conditions
WebMD's Intestines Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the intestines. Learn about its parts, location in the body, function, and conditions that affect the intestines.