Even though everybody farts and burps, still most of us would rather not spend too much time talking about it. It’s a totally normal thing but definitely not a winning conversation starter. Today we’re making an exception because gas might be gross but sometimes it matters. Ask your doctor!
Talking in general, passing gas is pretty healthy for you, but can sometimes be a sign of deeper colon problems that could mean that alerting stuff is going on in your body.
Symptoms might be plain and old indigestion while some others tell you that you have serious colon problems brewing. That’s why we have to learn some “red flights” and make sure we head to the doctor right away.
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What Is Gas And How Do You Treat It?
So, gas is a natural byproduct of our digestive systems, basically excess air that builds up inside the body when we eat. A lot of foods like high-fiber foods for example release gas when they are broken down.
An average person passes 4 pints a day and excessive or atypical gas can be treated by a gastroenterologist. But what is gastroenterology you might ask? Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine which is focused on treating the whole digestive system.
1. Extremely Stinky
This gas is made up of hydrogen sulfide (sulfur) and it’s normal in small doses. But if you notice that all of your farts are smelly then there might be a indicate bacterial overgrowth in your intestine. Food could also be a cause.
2. Incredibly Painful
The excess gas presses on the walls of your system and can cause cramping pain that moves in your belly. This means that you are a little bit “backed up” and there is not room for the gas to make its exit. But if you experience this all the time, it could be something more serious that’s obstructing your bowel.
3. Excessive Bloating
Gas bloating is often a very uncomfortable symptom that causes gas pain. In this case, a lot of gas builds up in your body that makes your belly swell. This is also normal if it happens occasionally but if it doesn’t stop visit your doctor.
4. Gassy Stools
Any bowel movement that is interrupted in the middle by gas is a gassy stool. Again, gassy poo is nothing to worry about but if every bowel movement is interrupted than you need to check your pancreas.
5. Constant Gas
If you are always struggling to contain a toot then you might have excessive gas. To put it in other words, your body contains more gas than it should be. In some cases excessive gas can point to IBS or to colon cancer.
6. Sulfur Burps
Most belches are trapped gas from our meal, but you should totally watch out for sulfur burps. The stinky rotten – egg burps can signal to IBS. So check yourself.
7. Pain While Farting
Have you heard about pain when you actually pass gas? If you are experiencing this, it might just indicate that you have a problem like anal fissures or hemorrhoids. Even though these conditions aren’t very serious at first you should treat them right away.
How Should You Deal With It?
So if you’re experience uncomfortable gas, what should you do?
Well you can try some over the counter treatments at first but it’s a better idea if you talk to your gastroenterologist about what has upset your stomach. In the end of the day, the most important thing is to tell the problem to your doctor.