A swollen abdomen is also called a bloated stomach and is often accompanied by abdominal pain or stomach cramps. This very common condition is usually short-lived and goes away on its own, sometimes after passing wind (flatulence).
Although usually nothing to worry about, a swollen abdomen can be a sign of an underlying health problem. If you have any concerns about a swollen abdomen, make an appointment to see your GP.
There are several possible causes for a swollen abdomen, or bloated stomach, including:
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If you regularly have a bloated stomach, or the swelling doesn’t go away, see your GP. You should also contact your GP if you have a swollen abdomen and:
Your GP will ask about your general health and any other symptoms you’re experiencing, including stomach pain or stomach cramps. Your GP may also examine your stomach.
A swollen abdomen can usually be treated at home. Depending on your other symptoms, try:
There are several over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements which can relieve a bloated stomach, such as:
If your bloating doesn’t improve, your GP or consultant may prescribe medication. If your swollen abdomen’s a symptom of an underlying condition, your doctor will arrange the necessary treatment.