is a medical term for releasing gas from the digestive system through the anus.
It’s also commonly known as farting, passing wind, or having gas. It occurs
when gas collects inside the digestive system, and is a normal process.
collects in two main ways. Swallowing air while you eat or drink can cause
oxygen and nitrogen to collect in the digestive tract. Second, as you digest
food, digestive gases such as hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide collect.
Either method can cause flatulence.
What Causes Flatulence?
is very common. We all accumulate gas in our digestive system. The Mayo Clinic estimates that
most people pass gas about 10 times a day. If you pass wind more frequently than
this on a regular basis, you could have excessive flatulence, which has a
number of causes.
natural to swallow air throughout the day, normally during eating and drinking.
Typically, you’ll only swallow a small amount of air. If you frequently swallow
more air, you may find that you experience excessive flatulence. It may also
that you may swallow more air than normal include chewing gum, smoking, sucking
on objects such as pen tops, drinking carbonated drinks, and eating too
dietary choices could lead to excessive flatulence. There are some foods our
bodies can’t absorb. This means that they pass from the intestines to the colon
without being completely digested first. The colon contains a large amount of
bacteria that then break down the food, releasing gases as they do so. The
buildup of this gas causes flatulence.
your diet is high in foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, raisins, lentils,
prunes, and apples, you may have more flatulence. These foods can also take a
long time to digest, leading to the unpleasant smell associated with
high in fructose or sorbitol, such as fruit juices, can also cause an increase
in flatulence due to the way your digestive tract processes the sugars.
your diet doesn’t contain a large amount of carbohydrates or sugars, and you don’t
swallow excessive air, your excessive flatulence may be due to a medical
conditions underlying flatulence range from temporary conditions, such as
constipation and gastroenteritis, to food intolerances, such as lactose
intolerance. Digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and
celiac disease, can also lead to flatulence. However, they are rarely the
What Are the Treatment
Options for Flatulence?
are a number of ways to treat flatulence, depending on the cause of the
are a number of ways you can successfully treat excessive flatulence.
look at your diet. If it contains a large amount of carbohydrates that are
difficult to digest, try to replace them. Carbohydrates that are easier to
digest, such as potatoes, rice, and bananas, are good substitutes.
a food diary so you can identify any triggers. After you identify some foods
that cause you excessive flatulence, you can learn to avoid them or to eat less
of them. You can also try to eat around five to six small meals a day instead
of three larger ones to help your digestive process.
avoid doing anything that may increase the amount of air that you swallow. This
includes making sure that you are chewing your food properly, and avoiding
chewing gum or smoking.
people find that exercising helps to promote digestion and can prevent
are a number of over-the-counter medications that can treat flatulence,
although these will only temporarily stop the problem. These include charcoal
tablets that absorb gas through the digestive system, and dietary supplements
such as alpha-galactosidase (Beano).
you have unexplained flatulence, or if you suffer from other symptoms along
with flatulence, such as a swollen abdomen or abdominal pain, you should bring
it up to your doctor.
doctor will discuss your symptoms with you, including when the problem started,
and if there are any apparent triggers. He or she will also do a physical
blood test may be necessary, to ensure that your body isn’t fighting an
infection, to identify any possible food intolerances, and to make sure there
is not another medical condition causing your flatulence.
doctor will likely advise you to follow the steps above, including keeping a
food diary and changing your eating habits. Depending on the cause, you may
also benefit from seeing a dietician.
addition, you may receive medication for a specific condition. If your doctor
has been able to identify an underlying condition, you will receive treatment
for that. You may also have to undergo further tests to get a conclusive
diagnosis for your excessive flatulence.
What Are the Complications
Associated with Flatulence?
are no long-term consequences for not treating flatulence. If the flatulence is
due to a food intolerance or digestive issue, the problem may get worse. Other
symptoms may also develop.
some cases, prolonged excessive flatulence can lead to other issues, such as social
discomfort and changes in eating habits. If it affects your lifestyle a lot, it
may also affect your mood. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet and to see
your doctor if the problem begins to negatively affect your life.