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Is Flatulence Connected to Other Diseases?

Wind in the abdomen is not a disease by itself, but it may be a symptom or the cause of other conditions. For example, one may be suffering from constipation or IBS, or may be taking medicines for some other conditions and hence experience flatulence. Here are a few diseases which have a close relationship with flatulence.

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Flatulence and Diarrhoea

Does diarrhoea increase gas? In case of short term diarrhoea, the symptoms may either increase or decrease. A number of causes have been associated with abdominal wind during diarrhoea. These may be lactose intolerance, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, bacterial infection, irritable bowel syndrome and others.

Flatulence and Constipation

There can be a close connection between constipation and wind. In constipation it becomes hard or difficult to pass the stool which in turn may produce gas in the intestines. When it is hard to pass the stool and one tries to force it out, a pressure is built through the anus and there are more chances of passing out wind or gas. Irritable Bowel Syndrome or irregularity in bowel may lead to both constipation and flatulence.

Flatulence and Bowels

They have definitely a close connection. Among the many causes of abdominal gas and pain associated with it, there could be a bowel problem like irregular bowels or irritable bowels, constipation etc. There are high chances that if the bowel movement is regulated to its natural course, flatulence may go away.

Flatulence and Cancer

If you have normal intestinal wind, you don’t need to worry about cancer. It is not gas that causes cancer but cancer treatments in the abdomen may cause flatulence. A couple of preventive measure with the advice of your doctor may help reduce the symptoms of gas during cancer treatment.

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