What causes abdominal bloating?

(Zawn Villines/ Medical News Today) — There are many possible causes of abdominal bloating, including fluid retention, irritable bowel syndrome, and infection. However, for most people, the cause of bloating will be fairly harmless, and it can be treated at home.

Abdominal bloating can be alarming, particularly when it is very painful. Some people notice that their belly looks swollen or misshapen, or they may experience sharp abdominal pain. Yet in many cases, the cause may be something as simple as indigestion or too much gas building up in the stomach and bowels.

Bloating is rarely a cause for concern if it:

  • is associated with food or eating
  • does not get worse with time
  • goes away within a day or two

In this article, we look at the causes of abdominal bloating, how to treat it, and when to see a doctor. (…)

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