Flatulence is a normal part of life. However, excessive wind or gas can be embarrassing and can also cause stomach pain and bloating.
Most people pass wind up to 25 times a day but eating certain foods and stress can trigger excessive flatulence. Excessive flatulence can also be a symptom of illness or a health condition.
Excessive wind can usually be relieved with diet and lifestyle changes.
When you eat, you swallow air as well as food. This air gathers in your stomach, where it’s joined by digestive gases to become intestinal gas. Flatulence and burping are your stomach’s method of removing intestinal gas, which can cause stomach pain and bloating after eating.
Excessive flatulence can be the result of:
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Although normally harmless, flatulence can be a symptom of several digestive system conditions, including:
In most cases, you’ll be able to treat excessive flatulence without medical advice. However, if you’re worried about excessive wind, stomach pain or bloating, especially after eating, make an appointment with your GP.
You should also seek medical advice if:
After discussing your symptoms, your GP may refer you for tests, which might include:
The test results will help your GP to diagnose or rule out conditions that can cause excessive flatulence. If the results are inconclusive, they may refer you for further tests. Your GP may also refer you to a gastroenterologist – a consultant specialising in the digestive system.
Flatulence is a natural biological process. However, excessive flatulence can be relieved, including stomach pain and bloating caused by the build-up of intestinal gas.
If your excessive flatulence is a symptom of a condition, your GP or consultant will recommend appropriate treatment. This may involve diet and lifestyle changes, medication and/or surgery.
If there’s no underlying cause, your GP may prescribe or suggest medication to relieve it. If you’re taking medication with flatulence as a side effect, your GP may suggest an alternative.
Otherwise, you can try: