What Causes Abdominal Bloating?
A wide variety of factors contribute to abdominal bloating from the food you eat to digestive disorders. In fact, abdominal bloating is a symptom of most digestive disorders including IBS, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. An imbalance of the bacteria that live in the intestinal tract can also contribute to bloating. Often referred to as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) occurs when there are higher than normal levels of bacteria living in the bowel. This often occurs after a person takes antibiotics or because of inflammation and poor digestion. The food a person consumes can also cause bloating especially if he or she has a food allergy or intolerance. Also eating too much salty food or consuming too much alcohol or caffeine can lead to dehydration and bloat. Infections in the digestive tract can trigger inflammation which can lead to bloating, as will bowel obstructions, hormonal changes, and other digestive disorders.
When Should I See a Doctor About Abdominal Bloating?
Most of the time, bloating isn’t serious and will dissipate on its own. However, if your bloating is accompanied by a fever, skin rashes, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, blood in your urine or stool, signs of an allergic reaction, pain in the lymph nodes, fatigue, or trouble concentrating, you should make an appointment with the physicians at Gastroenterology of Westchester for assessment. They will run tests to identify the cause of your bloating and provide treatment for the root cause of your condition.
How Does a Doctor Treat Abdominal Bloating?
The doctors may suggest any variety of treatments to reduce the bloating and to treat the underlying cause. They may suggest you change your diet to cut out any foods known to cause bloating and to introduce foods that promote good gut health, such as those high in probiotics, fiber, and water. If a digestive disorder is suspected, the HOMEPAGE doctor will order tests to identify the condition then prescribe a course of treatment to heal your body.