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Abdominal Bloating

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Abdominal bloating – or a feeling of fullness or pressure in your belly – occurs when the gastrointestinal (GI) tract fills with air or gas. This uncomfortable, painful feeling can interfere with your daily activities.

Bloating is often accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal rumbling or gurgles
  • Excessive gas
  • Frequent burping or belching
  • Stomach pain
  • Swollen or hard stomach

Causes of abdominal bloating can include:

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  • Lifestyle Modifications

    Sometimes, abdominal bloating is simply caused by swallowing too much air. In these cases, you should avoid activities that cause you to swallow excess air, including chewing gum, drinking carbonated drinks, or drinking through a straw. Try to eat more slowly.

  • Diet Modifications

    You should avoid gassy foods, such as vegetables in the cabbage family, beans, and lentils. If you are lactose intolerant, you should avoid regular dairy products.

  • Medications

    If lifestyle and diet modifications aren’t enough to correct your abdominal bloating, your GI doctor may prescribe medication to address the underlying cause of your gas or excess air.


  • Physical Exam

    Your GI doctor will do a complete physical exam and gather your health history to diagnose abdominal bloating.