Treatment for Intestinal Gas
Experience has shown that the most effective ways to reduce the discomfort of gas are through the avoidance of food allergies and food intolerances.
Diet Modification. We may also suggest limiting high-fat foods to reduce bloating and discomfort. This helps the stomach empty faster, allowing gases to move into the small intestine.
However, the amount of gas caused by certain foods varies from person to person. Effective dietary changes depend on learning through testing and through trial and error how much of the offending foods you can handle.
Natural Treatments Bloating - Natural Treatments Flatulence. There are a number of digestive aids that can relieve symptoms if your problem is due to deficiency in digestive enzymes.
- Activated charcoal tablets (Charcocaps) may provide relief from gas in the colon. Studies have shown that when these tablets are taken before and after a meal, intestinal gas and flatulence is reduced. The usual dose is 2 to 4 tablets taken just before eating and 1 hour after meals.
- The enzyme lactase, which aids with lactose digestion, is available in liquid and tablet form without a prescription (Lactaid, Lactrase, and Dairy Ease). Adding a scoop of Lactase Powder to milk before drinking it or just before eating helps digest foods that contain lactose. Also, lactose-reduced milk and other products are available at many grocery stores (Lactaid and Dairy Ease).
- Beano, an over-the-counter digestive aid, contains the sugar-digesting enzyme that the body lacks to digest the sugar in beans and many vegetables. The enzyme comes in liquid form. Three to 10 drops are added per serving just before eating to break down the gas-producing sugars. Beano has no effect on flatulence caused by lactose or fiber.
- If you have a compromised ability to digest foods, we may prescribe pancreatic or plant-based enzymes to help you digest food.
Avoid over-the-counter antacids. While they may provide temporary symptomatic relief, they do not solve the problem of indigestion. Studies have suggested that some antacids are actually unhealthy.
Treatment of Chronic Disease or Infection. If you have an underlying disorder that is causing gas, bloating and belching, we will prescribe the appropriate therapy.
Your Next Step
If you feel that you have a problem with gas, flatulence, bloating or belching -- and you are looking for a permanent solution rather than depending on symptomatic relief with antacids -- call 206-264-1111 today. You may have an underlying identifiable disorder that is causing these symptoms.
Dr. Stephen Wangen
IBS Treatment Center and Center for Food Allergies
11300 Roosevelt Way NE Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98125 · 206-264-1111
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