hi- I am a 25 y/o female in good health. For 2 weeks I have HORRIBLE gas and "skinny" poop that is very "sticky" (like have to use a lot of toilet paper bc it is so thick.) I have no abdominal pain or issues but this is humiliating! I excercise on a daily basis and alternate between cardio and weight lifting. I don't know if I should try some at home remedies or seek professional help??? I am on a mild antibiotic for a sinus infection (2 weeks ago)(bactrim). I hate to be so paranoid but I'm begining to think something is really wrong-I've never been like this! I've always been very regular and hardly EVER have gas. No food has ever upset my stomach but I do have gas after eating fiber bars (which i know is normal) please help
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.
Stomach or intestinal gas is a byproduct generated during the process of digestion. It is generally expelled from the body, either through the mouth (called belching or burping) or through the rectum (flatulence or flatus). Excessive production of gas that causes bloating could be due to indigestion or reduced quantity of good bacteria in the gut.
In addition to dietary and lifestyle changes, OTC medications such as activated charcoal, probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements can be used for intestinal or stomach gas relief. Activated charcoal tablets have the best effect in relieving your symptoms.
Other important aspects of disease management include dietary and lifestyle modification, physical exercise, weight loss, maintaining adequate hydration.
Adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will help in relieving the symptoms.
You might consider consulting your general physician or a gastroenterologist who after a physical examination may determine to get additional tests to derive a definitive diagnosis to your problem.
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