Abdominal Bloating

Friday, December 27, 2013

Abdominal bloating is not a disease but rather a condition with many possible causes. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the causes of abdominal bloating in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Abdominal bloating may have a wide variety of contributing factors, such as gaining weight, overeating, constipation, functional dyspepsia, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance.

More serious conditions that may cause bloating include

Ascites, a buildup of fluid between the lining and the abdominal organs;

Celiac disease, an intolerance of gluten;

Ovarian cancer;

Diverticulosis or diverticulitis; and

Bowel obstruction.

Abdominal bloating can be curbed by making such changes in your eating habits as avoiding swallowing too much air, which can occur while chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages, smoking, using a straw or eating too fast.

Avoiding milk and dairy products may help determine whether you are lactose intolerant. Eliminating gluten from your diet may also help you determine whether you have celiac disease. Some over-the-counter medications to reduce gas may help with bloating, as may probiotics.

You should see your doctor when you have abdominal pain, find blood in your stools or on toilet paper after wiping, or experience diarrhea, vomiting or weight loss.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.