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What should you know about irritable bowel syndrome and gas?

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Dealing with irritable bowel syndrome and gas is hard. Symptoms vary widely from one person to the next, and no single treatment works for everyone. What gives someone else gas may not bother you at all. What brings you relief may have no effect on someone else. There are many different strategies you can try. Most have to do with what you eat.

SOURCES:

Hernando-Harder, A. American Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2010.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Bloating," "Report from Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD: Understanding Intestinal Gas," "Controlling Intestinal Gas," "What are treatment options for IBS?" "Probiotics and Antibiotics," "Gut Bacteria and IBS," "Symptoms of IBS," "The Low FODMAP Diet Approach: Dietary Triggers for IBS Symptoms," "IBS Diet: Dietary Fiber."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Beyond the Basics.)"

Eswaran, S. American Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2013.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Staudacher, H. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, October 2011.

Monash University: "Low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Aragon, G. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, January 2010.

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Gas and bloating (Beyond the Basics.)"

Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, July 2009.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 25, 2020

SOURCES:

Hernando-Harder, A. American Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2010.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Bloating," "Report from Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD: Understanding Intestinal Gas," "Controlling Intestinal Gas," "What are treatment options for IBS?" "Probiotics and Antibiotics," "Gut Bacteria and IBS," "Symptoms of IBS," "The Low FODMAP Diet Approach: Dietary Triggers for IBS Symptoms," "IBS Diet: Dietary Fiber."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Beyond the Basics.)"

Eswaran, S. American Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2013.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Staudacher, H. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, October 2011.

Monash University: "Low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Aragon, G. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, January 2010.

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Gas and bloating (Beyond the Basics.)"

Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, July 2009.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 25, 2020

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