How do I get rid of trapped gas in an adult?

Gas is one of the common abdominal problems. Gas production in the stomach is a normal process. Gas is produced as a result of digestion of certain types of foods. Flatulence and belching are the natural processes through which the gas moves out of the body. Flatulence is the process in which the gas passes out of the human body through the rectum. On the other hand, belching is the passing out of gas from the mouth. In some cases, the gas gets trapped in the digestive tract and results in a condition called bloating. It is an uncomfortable condition, which may be accompanied with stomach pain.

The gas gets trapped because the body cannot release it outside through normal functions. Excess gas production often results in this type of condition. There are varied underlying causes for the abdominal gas. The two main causes are swallowing of air and the digestion of foods by the bacteria in colon. Swallowing of air or aerophagia may be induced by eating and drinking in a fast manner, chewing gum, smoking, etc. Also, drinking carbonated drinks increases the chances of more gas in the stomach.

A diet that enhances the production of gases consists of ingredients like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, dried beans, bran, Brussels sprouts, etc. Complete digestion of these foods does not occur in the small intestine, and as a result, the undigested constituents pass to the colon. The bacteria normally present in the colon ferments those undigested food and contributes in the production of gas.

Different symptoms may arise due to the excess gas production in the abdomen. Some people experience pain from the trapped gas. They may experience pain in any side of their stomach. Sometimes, the gas gets trapped in the upper portion of the colon, causing splenic flexure syndrome. Some other syndromes such as meganblase syndrome and gas-bloat syndrome also results in chronic belching. The pain from gas is also associated with irritable bowel syndrome, which is a chronic condition.

The specialist will decide the treatment procedure for pain from trapped gas after reviewing the underlying causes, diet habits, and the past medical history of the patient.  Some of the home remedies to release trapped gas are as follows:

  • Mix half teaspoon dry ginger to one glass water and boil. Filter the extract and consume.
  • Chew fennel seeds after meals. One tablespoon would be enough.
  • Mix a small quantity of asafoetida to warm water and drink.
  • Soak slices of ginger in lemon juice. Chew the slices after meals.
  • Avoid large meals.
  • Eat slowly to prevent swallowing of air.


answered by A S

Too many people complaints about the gas trouble. First thing to avoid those troubles is to eat at proper timings and should not leave the stomach empty like too much of fasting. if we feel hungry & leave the stomach empty no doubt gas formation will be there. also should not go fro junk foods and untimely intake of food. To avoid gas formation one should include enough Asafoetida (asafoetida), Ginger, Garlic in the daily diet.To one glass of water 1/2 teaspoon of dry ginger should me mixed and boiled well. This water should be filtered and taken which will relieve gas.

answered by b

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