There is air in every ones digestive system. It may be eliminated by burping or passing it through the rectum. When air in the intestine is passed through the rectum, it is called gas or flatulence. If air is passed from the digestive tract through the mouth, it is called belching. Gas is usually made of odourless vapours i.e. carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and sometimes methane. Unpleasant odour of flatulence is caused because of sulphur formed by bacteria in the large intestine. Gas is a common condition that is not fatal, but can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Gas can be caused because of several reasons. Some of the common causes of gas include:
Common symptoms of gas include:
It is possible to not experience all the symptoms and the severity of symptoms may vary from mild to severe. Severity and nature of symptoms depends on how much gas your body produces, the amount of fatty acids the body absorbs and your sensitivity to gas in the large intestine.
Treatment of gas or flatulence aims to reduce discomfort and symptoms. Treatment includes:
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