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What are the Different Types of Bloating Treatments?

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Bloating occurs when the stomach feels swollen, often causing a level of discomfort in the sufferer. Swelling in the stomach may or may not be visible, but the sufferer feels as though his stomach is enlarged and tight. Most times bloating treatments include simple, over-the-counter medicines. For long-term bloating, a doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent or ease the symptoms.

When bloating becomes painful or happens frequently, it's important for the sufferer to see his doctor to talk about bloating treatments. It could be a symptom of a digestive problem or other ailment triggering the bloating. Often a few tests can indicate any problems and the doctor can prescribe medication based on the results. If no problems are found, the doctor may prescribe a medication to treat the bloating and will monitor the patient's progress.

For cases of bloating that occur infrequently, the sufferer can try over-the-counter remedies. Several liquid medications and pills are designed to treat bloating. If gas is thought to be the cause of the bloating, medicine designed to provide gas relief can help.

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A change in diet may also prove beneficial. The sufferer should keep a food diary and write down what he eats each day. If eating certain foods, or eating at certain times of the day, causes bloating, he should alter his schedule and diet around that. Drinking lots of water will also help reduce bloating. For those who do not want to take over-the-counter medications, certain herbal remedies such as peppermint oil are thought to help reduce bloating in some patients.

Another option is to take a daily supplement containing probiotics. Probiotics are known as good bacteria that help the body and may decrease the number of bad bacteria. If bad bacteria is causing the bloating, probiotics can help rid the stomach of these and relieve symptoms. Probiotics are also thought to help increase digestive health even if bloating is not a common problem.

While bloating treatments can reduce or sometimes eliminate the symptoms all together, it's best to understand what causes the bloating in the first place. If other symptoms occur along with the bloating, it may indicate a digestive disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Specific medications for this disorder may prove more helpful in some patients than regular bloating treatments. Often secondary symptoms can point the doctor in the right direction for finding the cause and providing adequate bloating treatments.

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ddljohn
Post 3

Is there any treatment for bloating during menstruation? This is the only time I get bloating and it's very frustrating.

ZipLine
Post 2

I tend to have issues after a heavy meal and I've found a few treatments for stomach bloating. One is natural sparkling water with a few slices of lemon. It helps with digestion and causes belching which reduces bloating.

Another remedy is mint tea. It's very soothing for the stomach.

I've also noticed that in Indian restaurants, they give a mix of sugar coated herbs after the meal to assist with digestion and reduce bloating. I think it's mostly sugar coated aniseed. So aniseed tea will probably help too.

fBoyle
Post 1

The only way to treat bloating is to eliminate the cause. It can take some time to figure it out sometimes, but it's important.

After taking out and then reintroducing gluten to my diet, I have discovered that gluten is the cause of my chronic abdominal pain and bloating. I'm eating gluten-free now and the bloating is gone.

I suspected gluten because I was writing down what I ate everyday and noticed that my bloating always occurs after eating foods with gluten. So keeping a journal of meals and symptoms can be a great way to get started.

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