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Flatulence treatment
While gas may be uncomfortable and embarrassing, the good news is it’s not life threatening. Most people can find relief when they understand what causes gas, ways to reduce symptoms, and possible treatment options. If another health concern is causing the gas pains, treating the underlying condition may provide relief. Treatment goals for gas are to:

  1. Reduce the occurrence of gas symptoms
  2. Treat the underlying cause of gas

A clear understanding of the underlying reasons for gas will direct your doctor’s treatment recommendations, such as withdrawal of food, enzyme supplementation, simple reassurance, or psychotherapy. Otherwise, excess gas can be treated effectively with lifestyle changes or over-the-counter medicines. Different people will find relief in different solutions. So it may take some time to find the right combination of treatments for each individual.

Diet
After conditions such as lactose intolerance have been excluded, it may be advisable to implement a low gas-forming diet. (If the doctor suspects lactose intolerance, s/he may suggest avoiding milk products for a period of time.)  High-fiber foods are known to contribute to the formation of gas in the body. Therefore, a suggested diet would require limited consumption of foods that are difficult to digest, such as:

  • beans
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • lentils
  • mustard greens
  • turnip greens

Any foods containing sorbitol or added fructose should also be avoided. In addition, fiber supplements can aggravate bloating symptoms and should be eliminated from a diet. Consider including rice flour, as it is fully absorbed in the small intestines and produces the least gas. Try implementing some of these additional tips for reducing the amount of gas your body produces, or to help gas move more quickly through your system

Avoid foods that affect you most - It may be helpful to keep a food diary to identify the specific foods that cause gas problems.

Cut back on dairy products - Try consuming less amounts of milk products or consuming them with another food. It may also help to use yogurt and other low-lactose dairy foods instead of milk. Another option is to use products to help you digest lactose. If problems digesting dairy products persist, they may need to be eliminated from the diet.

Cut back on fried and fatty foods - Fatty foods can increase the sensation of fullness, which can result in bloating and discomfort.

Decrease high-fiber foods - After initially eliminating some of these foods, add them back gradually over weeks. Also try to reduce the amount of any fiber supplement you may be taking. , If your symptoms persist, try a different fiber supplement. Make sure to drink at least eight ounces of water when taking the fiber supplements and continue to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.

Drink peppermint tea - The menthol in peppermint oil has an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of your digestive tract. Some people have found relief from gas pains by drinking a warm cup of peppermint tea. But be aware that in some people, peppermint may contribute to heartburn and acid reflux.

Lifestyle
Some gas is produced when swallowed air is expelled. People who suffer from chronic belching may benefit from certain lifestyle changes to improve this condition. The following lifestyle modifications to may help reduce or relieve excess gas and gas pain:

Avoid chewing gum Chewing gum can increase the amount of air you swallow.

Avoid sucking candies Consumption of candy can increase the amount of air you swallow.

Avoid drinking with strawsThe use of straws can lead to swallowed air also.

Check dentures - Poorly fitted dentures can cause excessive air swallowing while eating and drinking.

Don't eat when anxious, upset or hurried - Digestion can be hampered by stress, so try to make meals relaxed occasions.

Don't smoke - Cigarette smoking increases the amount of air swallowed. This leads to added gas formation in the body.

Eat slowly - Eating faster increases the likelihood of gulping—and swallowing more air. It might help to put the fork back on the plate between each bite.

Exercise - Mild physical activity, such as walking or bicycling, can help relieve gas in people with intestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Medications
There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription remedies that can be used to help treat the symptoms of gas, belching and flatulence. While not commonly prescribed, there are pharmaceutical medications may be able to help you and your gas.

Over-the-counter medicines - There are several digestive enzymes available as over-the-counter supplements. These enzymes help the body digest carbohydrates properly and may allow people to eat foods that normally cause gas. These include enzyme lactase, which aids with lactose digestion and antacids.

Prescription medicines - Doctors may prescribe medicines to help reduce symptoms such as excessive belching, especially for people with a disorder such as IBS. Some of these medicines may include:

Activated charcoal - You can take charcoal tablets before and after a meal to help absorb the toxins that contribute to gas formation. Several brands are available in natural food stores and in many drugstores.

Simethicone - Some people find relief from products that contain simethicone, a substance that helps dissolve gas bubbles.

Psychological treatment
When simple reassurance and lifestyle modifications are not satisfactory, then psychological treatments such as relaxation therapy or behavioral therapy may be useful approaches. The choice of treatment may depend on the doctor’s recommendations, patient requirements, and available resources.

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