Expected duration of Gas or Flatulence

By  , Expert Content
Jul 07, 2012
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)

Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

Gas is a common medical condition, which is not life-threatening, but can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can be caused because of several reasons.

Some of the common causes of gas include:

  • eating foods that are difficult to digest, such as fibre or foods with unabsorbable carbohydrates, such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raisins, pulses, prunes and apples
  • constipation
  • taking antibiotics
  • certain digestive system problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), malabsorption, (a medical condition in which the intestines are unable to absorb nutrients properly)
  • not being able to digest certain foods that may lead to problems, such as gluten disease (a type of digestive problem caused because of intolerance to a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and barley) or having lactose intolerance, (in this the body is not able to digest lactose i.e. a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products) and
  • swallowing air while eating.

Expected duration of gas or flatulence

Duration for which flatulence may last depends on its cause.

Flatulence caused because of food or eating habits improves rapidly in most people with diet and lifestyle changes (if there is no other problem that is causing gas). Since different people react differently to certain foods, even when you eat foods that usually may not cause gas, you may continue to experience flatulence. In such cases, keeping a food diary may be helpful. It may help you identify foods that bring on your symptoms.

Flatulence because of conditions, such as constipation improve when constipation improves. Gas caused by eating foods that you cannot tolerate,such as lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance improve as soon as one avoids food that causes the problem.

In people with flatulence because of irritable bowel disease and other intestinal problems, the problem may last longer or they may have recurrent relapses (when there is flare-up of symptoms of primary disease). Even in these people the symptoms can be controlled by diet changes and over-the-counter medications, such as alpha-galactosidase and probiotics.



Related Articles
  • How Long Does Laryngitis LastHow Long Does Laryngitis Last

    Acute laryngitis starts all of a sudden and lasts no more than 2 weeks. Most cases with chronic symptoms improve with appropriate treatment.

    read more
  • Expected duration of DementiaExpected duration of Dementia

    In dementia, the rate of decline in mental functions (memory, thinking, behaviour) can vary – some people may stay the same for years whereas others may have rapid decline of mental functions.

    read more
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.

Medical Miracle

India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?