Bloating is a term used for the swelling of the abdominal area, but swelling that is abnormal. Most commonly, people complain of feeling full and tight abdomen even when they did not consume any food, and pain in the abdomen is very frequently present. The pain due to this problem is very specific, it is sharp and leads to cramps in the stomach, but it may also change the location often, as well as severity. They experience difficulty swallowing, belching, indigestion and excessive gas. The symptoms that may accompany this condition are diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, pain in the chest, or even bloody stools. It is also possible that people with this problem begin to lose weight, problems with breathing, and fatigue.
What causes bloating?
According to the statistics, bloating is a very common health problem today, and one of the reasons why the number of people who suffer from it constantly increases lies in the fact that unhealthy food and eating habits are more and more present. Besides this, there is a number of other reasons that may cause bloating and among them are overeating, constipation, food allergy, intolerance to various types of food, gas producing foods, intestinal parasites, menstruation, dysmenorrhea, as well as conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, aerophagia, partial bowel obstruction, polycystic ovary syndrome. However, it is important to detect the real cause in order to treat it properly, and it is important to detect it at early stages, if possible, since it speeds up the process of treatment.
Can bloating be treated and how?
Luckily, this very discomforting and unpleasant problem can be treated, but it is important to consult a doctor first in order to determine the real cause and to do tests and analyses if it turns to be necessary. Many cases of bloating may be treated very successfully with a number of homemade and natural remedies, but the fact is also that the change of the diet may help a lot. There are medications that can be used in the treatment of bloating, and they can be obtained without a prescription. If the symptoms persist, the doctor will prescribe stronger medications that will prevent pain and the abdominal contractions. All of these medications generally work by supplying the body with particular enzymes that help in digestion of sugars and other carbohydrates, which are usually responsible for the majority of these problems.