The primary method of knowing a certain medical condition or a disease is known its symptoms. Symptoms are alerts or warnings of the body informing that something is not going the normal route and must be paid attention to. Like another health issue, there are a number of symptoms which indentify flatulence. Here are some of them listed below.
1. Passing wind often
Passing wind is a natural process of the body to expel some gases. 10 to 15 times a day is quite normal and natural and there is nothing to be worried about. However, if the number of times is more than that, then it can be a symptom of flatulence. Some people passes wind even more than 100 times a day. This excessive passing of wind is definitely a symptom of stomach wind.
2. Smelly Flatus
Frequency may or may not be accompanied with smelly flatus or smelly gas. If it is more frequent than normal, then chances are that one is suffering from abdominal wind. Stinky flatulence is caused by the formation of sulphur and other gases in the stomach and when it is expelled it is felt in the form for stinky or smelly flatulence. Many foods such as beans, pear, cabbage and other fibre and carbohydrate rich foods are responsible for the production of very smelly and stinky flatulence. Cutting on such food may reduce the amount of gas.
3. Loud Flatus
When gas is expelled via the rectum, it may be passed out silently but sometimes it goes out and the mere pressure produces some vibrations. These vibrations cause loud flatus or farting. Loud farting or flatus (like the silent one) may be either odorous or odourless. It has, however, been found to be a major cause of embarrassment in many societies. In some cultures, it is even considered as a symbol of cowardice! However, it is nothing more than a natural expulsion of air and, many times one does not have a control over it.
4. Abdominal Distension and Discomfort
Generally, flatulence does not cause any pain or discomfort in the stomach. Some people, however, have been reported with other symptoms like that of stomach cramps, abdominal pain, bloating and even constipation.
5. Rumblings in the Lower Abdomen
As stated above, it may accompany other symptoms like those of cramps in the stomach, stinky air, abdominal pain etc. it is often accompanied with rumblings in the lower abdomen. The formation of gas bubbles and their bursting have been reported to be the causes of such ramblings in the lower abdomen. Taking soda, ginger tea or peppermint may relieve such symptoms.
6. Belching or Burping
Belching is the expulsion or excessive air in the stomach through the mouth. This expulsion is involuntary and often occurs more frequent after the meals. As the stomach needs to get rid of the excess air, it may adopt one of the two ways either via the rectum or through the mouth.
7. Other Symptoms
The one mentioned earlier are the major or most frequent symptoms. Here there are some other less common indications which may vary from individual to individual. These are:
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Bloating which persistent.
- Weight loss
- Bowel incontinence
- Blood in stool
- Muscle pain, high temperature
- Vomiting and chills
- Acute gastroenteritis
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
- Lactose intolerance.