Excess Gas Causes, Remedies & More

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The process of digestion involves the production of gas. The body gets rid of the gas when a person passes gas (flatus) or burps. When gas becomes trapped or fails to move properly in the digestive system, a person may experience gas pain.

Consumption of foods that produce gas may cause gas or gas pain to increase. In general, making changes to one's diet can alleviate some of the symptoms of excess gas. Excess gas and increased gas pain are among the signs and symptoms of certain digestive system disorders, such as celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

1. Symptoms

Excess gas presents several symptoms. The most common are burping and passing gas, along with cramps, pains, or a knotted feeling in one's stomach area.1‘Gas and Gas Pains - Symptoms and Causes.’ Mayo Clinic, 3 Mar. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gas-and-gas-pains/symptoms-causes/syc-20372709. One may experience bloating, a feeling of pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen.

Another common symptom is distention, which is characterized by a noticeable increase in the size of the abdomen. Burping during or immediately after a meal is normal. Likewise, most people pass gas several times every day. For these reasons, the presence of these two symptoms (burping and passing gas) by themselves should not be cause for concern, unless there is excessive burping or flatulence.

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