Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and tight and may be visibly swollen (distended). Bloating is a common complaint, affecting between 10 and 30 percent of adults.
The symptoms of bloating can be vague and difficult to pinpoint, but most people describe an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, tightness, or swelling in the abdomen. This can be accompanied by pain, excessive gas (flatulence), frequent burping or belching, and abdominal rumbling.
The most common causes of abdominal bloating are:
Abdominal bloating can also be a symptom of several serious conditions, including:
In many cases, the symptoms of abdominal bloating can be diminished or even prevented by adopting a few simple lifestyle changes.
Consult your doctor if bloating is accompanied by any of the following:
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