If your stomach feels overly full or tight, you might be experiencing bloating. A common condition, bloating, brings many residents of Valley Stream, New York, to Brandon Rieders, MD, and Bradley Rieders, MD, of GastroCare LI for care. Fortunately, there are treatments that can relieve bloating. Book a visit online or by phone today.

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What is bloating?

Bloating is a term used to describe the sensation that your stomach is overly full or tighter than normal. In some cases, you may even be able to see bloating through a distended belly that feels firm to the touch.

In addition to these sensations, other signs of bloating may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Rumbling or gurgling stomach
  • Excessive gas
  • Frequent need to burp

Many factors can cause bloating, but a buildup of gas caused by undigested food or by swallowing too much air are primary causes.

When should I seek medical care for bloating?

Everyone occasionally feels bloated, and when the condition resolves within a few hours after eating, there is usually no cause for concern. However, if you frequently experience bloating or feel significant discomfort, it may be time to see a specialist.

Bloating can also be caused by serious digestive health issues, including:

  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Giardiasis (a parasitic infection)

You should also schedule a full diagnostic work-up if your bloating is accompanied by other symptoms like vomiting, bloody stools, or unexplained weight loss. GastroCare LI offers numerous advanced diagnostic tools and techniques that can help determine the source of your bloating and shape a treatment path.

Are there treatments that can help with bloating?

Your treatment plan is designed to suit your specific needs. In some cases, changing your diet is enough to reduce bloating and improve overall digestive health. Your specialist explains how to alter your nutrition plan to determine which foods may be causing bloating and other digestive issues.

Medications might also play a role in treating bloating. Options include antidepressants, antispasmodics, or antibiotics. It often takes a period of trial and error to find the right drug therapy to manage bloating. Your specialist will also review your current medications to ensure they aren’t contributing to your symptoms.

Surgery is the best way to treat the underlying condition causing your bloating, in some instances. During your diagnostic visits, you can discuss the pros and cons of various options and what to expect if you choose to forgo treatment. When you’re ready to begin, booking a visit is simple online or over the phone.