Do you suffer from gas that makes you feel bloated and uncomfortable? Passing gas is entirely natural and necessary, but if it's becoming excessive or you always feel bloated, you should contact the board-certified physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology. At their locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, the Gotham Gastroenterology team can find out what's causing your bloating and gas problems and provide an effective solution. Call the office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.
Everyone has gas and must get rid of it in some way. Normally, gas exits your body through your rectum, or you belch it out through your mouth. These are both necessary bodily functions that prevent gas buildup.
Sometimes gas collects in areas along your digestive tract, causing bloating and discomfort. Even normal amounts of gas can be a problem for people who are sensitive to the pressure gas causes. Although gas isn't usually a sign of a medical problem, it can be in certain cases.
The amount of gas people produce varies, but you're likely to be releasing between a pint and a half-gallon of gas every day. This gas, or flatus, consists of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from the air you swallow. Fermenting food in your colon produces more carbon dioxide and oxygen as well as hydrogen and methane.
These gases are odorless. The unpleasant smell gas sometimes produces is due to the presence of trace gases like hydrogen sulfide, which your body generates as food decomposes in your colon.
There are several measures you can take to help reduce bloating and gas. You should avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candies. Sugarless gum and sugar-free candies containing sorbitol are particularly likely to cause gas.
Try to drink more water, but avoid carbonated (fizzy) drinks and alcohol. Other foodstuffs that can make you produce excess gas include:
Fiber in general is likely to increase gas production. Food sensitivities like lactose intolerance can lead to an increase in bloating and gas, so avoid milk and milk products if you're lactose intolerant. Smoking can increase your gas levels, too, as can stress and anxiety.
Eating too quickly is a common cause of bloating and gas buildup. Another cause of repeated belching is gastritis (inflammation of your stomach lining). There are many causes of acute and chronic gastritis, but the most common is Helicobacter pylori infection.
The team at Gotham Gastroenterology can detect the presence of H. pylori bacteria with a breath test, or they can use stool, blood, or biopsy samples.
Having gas or a bloated feeling is probably nothing to be too concerned about, and addressing the issues that can cause gas often relieves the problem.
However, bloating and gas can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious problem. If you have a chronic problem with bloating and gas or you're experiencing a severe increase in gassiness, you should contact Gotham Gastroenterology.
Treatment options for bloating and gas include:
Prescription medication like Amitiza™ increases motility and fluid secretion in your intestines, which helps reduce bloating and gas.
For help with bloating and gas, call Gotham Gastroenterology today or book an appointment online.