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23 Jul

Gas – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview:

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms including bacteria, viruses, and parasites or their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning.

 

What are the causes of food poisoning?

Contamination of food can happen at any point in production: growing, harvesting, processing, storing, shipping or preparing. Cross-contamination – the transfer of harmful organisms from one surface to another, is often the cause. This is especially troublesome for raw, ready-to-eat foods, such as salads or other produce. Since these foods aren’t cooked, harmful organisms aren’t destroyed before eating, and this can cause food poisoning.

 

What organs are affected?

Uneasiness is experienced in the chest and stomach when one has gas. One can also feel acidic and feel a burning sensation.

 

Symptoms:

Symptoms of gas include:

  1. Burping: Burping, or belching, once in a while, especially during and after meals, is normal. If you burp a lot, you may be swallowing too much air and releasing it before the air enters your stomach.
  2. Passing gas: Passing gas around 13 to 21 times a day is normal.
  3. Bloating: Bloating is a feeling of fullness or swelling in your abdomen. Bloating most often occurs during or after a meal.
  4. Pain or discomfort in your abdomen: You may feel pain or discomfort in your abdomen when gas does not move through your intestines normally.

 

Prevention/Treatment:

  1. Swallow less air: Eat more slowly, avoid gum and hard candies, and don’t use a straw. If you wear dentures, check with your dentist to make sure they fit correctly. Swallowing less air may help ease gas symptoms, especially if you burp a lot.
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Change your diet: eat smaller, more frequent meals, and eat less of the foods that give you gas
  4. Take medicines

 

Sources:

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gas-digestive-tract/symptoms-causes

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230

 

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