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Are you worried about your Flatulence?



What causes Flatulence?

Excessive flatulence can result from eating certain food types, including beans, potatoes, and broccoli. Other foods linked to excess gas production include dairy products containing lactose, carbonated drinks like beer, and some soft drinks containing fructose. Another possible cause is the rate at which you consume your food, if you eat too quickly, you might be gulping down large pockets of air into your digestive system. This can lead to bloating, stomach pain, and eventually flatulence to expel the air from the body.

Bad smelling flatulence is also likely to cause embarrassment and social anxiety and can be linked to your diet and lifestyle choices but also can signify more serious health issues. If you are worried about how often you fart, or how bad they smell, contact your GP for a full diagnosis.

What can you do at home?

If your flatulence is not accompanied by other symptoms, it is probably not a sign of an underlying medical condition, in fact it is more likely an indication that your digestive system is working as intended. However, it could still be causing embarrassment, anxiety, and affecting your day-to-day life. Thankfully, there are changes to your lifestyle that you can make to combat the symptoms of flatulence. They include:

 

  • Eating smaller meals, more frequently
  • Slow down when drinking or eating
  • Regular exercise
  • Drinking peppermint tea

 

There are also things you can avoid to alleviate flatulence, they include:

 

  • Chewing gum
  • Loose fitting dentures
  • Eating foods that are difficult to digest
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You should also seek further medical attention if you experience any of the following:

If your symptoms are not particularly painful, but are causing you severe stress or embarrassment, make an appointment with your GP. They will likely discuss your current lifestyle with you and possibly make suggestions on how you can alter this to combat your flatulence problems.


You should also seek further medical attention if:

 

  • You notice any blood in your stool
  • You are losing weight
  • You are experiencing severe pain, bloating or stomach cramp
  • You are constipated
  • You have diarrhoea
Frequently Asked Questions
Is increased flatulence a sign of bowel cancer?

Flatulence is a normal occurrence. However, for many people suffering with bowel cancer one of the symptoms they notice is flatulence that is accompanied with pain or bloating.

Diagnosing bowel cancer is only done by a medical professional however, there are symptoms you should be wary off. If you feel you are suffering with any symptoms of bowel cancer you must speak to a doctor as early as possible.

Can alcohol cause flatulence?

Alcohol is made up of inflammatory substances which can result in a swelling feeling. This may result in flatulence. Certain types of alcohol such as beer, wine, champagne may result in excess gas. Fizzy drinks can also result in excessive gas.