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Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and gaseous, and may also be visibly swollen (distended). Bloating is a common complaint among both adults and children.
Abdominal bloating can interfere with a person’s ability to work and participate in social or recreational activities. According to the University of North Carolina, when compared with people who don’t have abdominal bloating, sufferers use more sick days, visit the doctor more often, and take more medications.
The symptoms of bloating can be vague and difficult to pinpoint, but most people describe an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, tightness, or swelling in the abdomen. This can be accompanied by pain, excessive gas (flatulence), frequent burping or belching, and abdominal rumbling or gurgles.
The most common causes of abdominal bloating are:
Abdominal bloating can also be a symptom of several serious conditions, including:
In many cases, the symptoms of abdominal bloating can be diminished or even prevented by adopting a few simple lifestyle changes. For example:
Consult your doctor if bloating is accompanied by any of the following:
Written by: Maureen Donohue
Published on: Aug 24, 2015on: Mar 06, 2017
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