Flatulence (Gas) (cont.)
How can excessive flatulence or gas be prevented?
- The reduction or prevention (cure) of increased flatulence is often best accomplished by
understanding what foods cause you personally to produce excess gas. This can be
done by starting off with a simple diet and slowly adding one food at a time to
determine which foods cause you to produce gas. If you get excessive or increased flatulence after eating a particular type of food, you have likely identified how to eliminate gas by eliminating that food from your diet. Once these
foods are identified, they
can be avoided resulting in less gas production.
- Taking the time to chew your food and swallow it without introducing air and
avoiding carbonated drinks may also reduce flatulence and/or burping.
- Some individuals can reduce or prevent excess gas formation by using
OTC products like Beano that will help digest sugars found in
beans. Other nonprescription products such as simethicone can help reduce gas
- For those individuals who are lactose intolerant, lactase may be taken before
eating or drinking dairy products may help reduce gas; some health-care
simply trying to avoid dairy products in general. There are some lactose free
products available such as milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, and ice
cream, and some are sold under the names "Lactaid," or "Green Valley."
- In addition, some individuals have invented underwear with charcoal embedded
in the clothing and claim it is effective in reducing smelly flatulence.
What's the prognosis for a person with excessive flatulence or gas?
The majority of individuals with flatulence have a good to excellent
prognosis if they simply change their dietary habits and occasionally use
OTC anti-gas medications. People with more serious causes of
flatulence have a fair prognosis as they may require additional treatments to
reduce or eliminate the underlying cause.
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