Abdominal bloating is usually a symptom of gas accumulation in the stomach or in the intestines. It can be associated with intense pain and may be caused by: particular kind of foods, carbonated beverages, bad habit of eating too quickly, chewing gum, smoking, stress or anxiety. The presence of a disease that requires specific care can be also regarded as consequence of abdominal bloating.


What kind of diseases can be associated with abdominal bloating?

The following diseases can be associated with abdominal bloating:

Remember that, this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for abdominal bloating?

Isolated episodes of abdominal bloating tend to be resolved by their own. In case of repetition, it may be useful to try to reduce the intake of foods and drinks that promote accumulation of gas in the digestive tract. Such foods are: beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, apples, pears, peaches, lettuce, onions, grains and soft drinks. In some cases it may be helpful to limit (or even avoid completely) the consumption of milk and its derivatives.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of abdominal bloating?

You should consult with your doctor if the bloating persists despite the precautions and if the condition is associated with: diarrhea, severe abdominal pain or persistent blood in the stool, changes in the stool colour, changes in the frequency of bowel movements, weight loss and unexplained chest pain.