Intestinal gas that’s passed from the anus.


Avoiding certain foods, including beans and lentils, and limiting foods with lactose, fruits containing fructose, and the sweetener sorbitol. Taking a post-meal walk may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Blood in the stool

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Persistent or severe
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Heartburn

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