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Gas and Bloating

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about gas and bloating?

Gas is air that collects in your digestive system (stomach or intestines). Bloating is the tight, full feeling you get from too much gas.

Digestive Tract

What are common causes for gas and bloating?

What are the symptoms of gas and bloating?

How is the cause of gas and bloating diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about what you eat and examine your abdomen. You may need any of the following tests:

How is gas and bloating treated?

Treatment depends on the cause. Gas relief medicines may help decrease gas pain and bloating. These are available without a doctor's order. You may need other medicines to control a medical condition. Surgery may be needed if you have a tumor or a problem such as a bowel obstruction.

How can I manage or prevent gas and bloating?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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