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Gas in your digestive tract is made when:
Everyone has gas. It may be painful and embarrassing, but it is not dangerous. Your body gets rid of gas by burping or by passing it through your rectum. Most people make about 1 to 4 pints of gas a day. It is common to pass gas about 14 times a day.
Most gas is made up of vapors that do not smell. These include carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The bacteria in your large intestine give off gases that have sulfur. These gases have a bad smell.
Gas in your digestive tract is caused by 2 things:
Foods that often cause gas
Most foods with carbohydrates can cause gas. Fats and proteins don’t cause much gas.
Foods that cause gas include:
Some health problems can cause you to make more gas in your digestive tract. These include:
Each person’s symptoms may vary. The most common symptoms of gas are:
Other health issues that may cause abdominal bloating include:
There are a few rare, chronic gas diseases that cause belching. These include:
The symptoms of gas may look like other health problems. Always see your healthcare provider to be sure.
In some cases you may have gas symptoms because of a serious health problem. Always see your healthcare provider to be sure.
Your healthcare provider will look at your past health and give you a physical exam. He or she may also do the following tests:
Your healthcare provider will make a care plan for you based on:
You can reduce some of your gas pain by:
In most cases having gas in your digestive tract is not serious. But you should call your healthcare provider if:
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