Flatulence

Accumulation of the Gas in the Alimentary canal is known as Flatulence. Intestinal gas, is usually not noticed until we burp or pass it rectally (flatulence). The entire digestive tract, from the stomach to the rectum, contains intestinal gas as the natural consequence of swallowing and digestion.

Excessive intestinal gas sometimes indicates a digestive disorder, but everyone passes gas several times daily, and occasional burping or belching is normal.

Risk factors of Flatulence

Risk factors of flatulence include:

  • Chewing gum.
  • Smoking.
  • Poorly fitting Dentures.
  • Not chewing food properly while eating.
  • Having excess of Soft Drinks.

Causes of Flatulence

Foods causing flatulence are:

  • Beans.
  • Cabbage.
  • Broccoli.
  • Raisins.
  • Lentils.
  • Prunes.
  • Apples.
  • Foods high in fructose or sorbitol, such as fruit juices.

some of the conditions causing Flatulence are:

  • Constipation.
  • Gastroentritis.
  • food intolerances, such as Lactose Intolerance.
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Crohn’s Disease.
  • Celiac Disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Eating Disorders.
  • Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Dumping syndrome.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
  • Autoimmune Pancreatitis.
  • Peptic Ulcer.
Causes of Flatulence

Diagnosis 

By itself, intestinal gas rarely indicates a serious condition. It can cause discomfort and embarrassment, but it’s usually just a sign of a normally functioning digestive system. If you’re bothered by intestinal gas, try changing your diet.

However, see your doctor if your gas is persistent or severe, or if it’s associated with vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, unintentional weight loss, blood in the stool or heartburn.

Treatment