Flatulence or “passing gas” is a normal biological process, like sweating, burping or breathing. It is usually a source of laughter and or embarrassment. Everybody farts, some people more than others. It is normal to pass gas from 6 to 20 times per day. In the majority of cases, it is not a serious condition.
When we eat, drink or swallow saliva, we also swallow tiny amounts of air. This swallowed air accumulates in the stomach. The gas within our digestive system consists mainly of nitrogen and oxygen. When we digest food, gas, mainly in the form of hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide is released. As the gas builds up, the body releases the gas by either burping ...view middle of the document...
Examples include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis.
Antibiotics - these medications can upset the normal intestinal flora (bacterial flora) in the bowel, which can lead to flatulence.
Laxatives - people who take laxatives regularly and in excess have a high risk of developing flatulence.
Constipation - the feces themselves make it harder to expel excess gas, resulting in further accumulation and discomfort.
Gastroenteritis - an infection of the bowel/stomach. In many cases, there is s a lot of gas build-up.
Flatulence is not usually a reason to go and see your doctor, unless the symptoms are severe, which could indicate the presence of an underlying digestive condition. The signs and symptoms that could indicate a digestive conditions of are, if flatulence occurs frequently and often involuntarily. If a lot of wind is released and or is consistently foul-smelling. If there is a sharp, jabbing cramp like feeling in the abdomen or if there is a bloated feeling or knotted sensation in the abdomen, are all signs that are not normal and should be brought to the attention of medical professional.
Treatment options for flatulence in most cases, is a change in lifestyle and diet. Lowering...