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Bloating is a condition characterized by excessive gas and swelling in the abdomen, giving a sensation of fullness and discomfort. It is a common digestive issue that can affect anyone at any age.
Bloating and excessive gas are closely related since the air that is swallowed while eating, along with other gases produced in the stomach, can build up and cause a bloated feeling.
Burping helps to release some of this gas, but if it is not released or if excess gas continues to be created then symptoms such as bloating and discomfort will persist.
There are many potential causes of bloating, and it is important to note that the cause can vary from person to person. Common causes include:
The main symptom of bloating is a feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdomen. Additional symptoms may include:
If you have recurrent or severe bloating, you should consult your doctor.
You could also visit a gastroenterologist if the feeling of fullness and tightness is accompanied by additional symptoms such as abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea or fever.
Consulting a Gastroenterologist for your symptoms helps in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, giving you peace of mind. It also aids in detecting and ruling out more serious diseases like ulcers and cancer.
At Richmond Gastro, our team ensures a smooth and comfortable consultation and diagnosis process, making endoscopy less daunting than you may think.
The treatment for bloating depends on its cause.
The most effective treatment is to make changes to your lifestyle, such as improving your diet and eating habits. This may include reducing the intake of certain foods that contribute to gas production or avoiding carbonated beverages.
If the cause is something more serious then medication may be prescribed to treat the underlying condition. For example, if bloating is caused by digestive problems related to IBS, medications to reduce inflammation and improve digestion may be recommended.
MBChB (NZ), FRACP (Australasia), MD (Doctorate), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Gastro)
Dr. John Hsiang is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience across public and private practice.
Dr. John Hsiang’s special clinical interests are in gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening
Dr. John Hsiang has spent more than five years in the Singhealth cluster serving in the Gastroenterology Department at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital.
Gastrointestinal Diseases, Endoscopy, Helicobacter Pylori infection, Viral Hepatitis, Fatty Liver Disease, Management of Abnormal Liver tests.
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