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Gas (flatus) is made in the stomach and intestines as your body
breaks down food into energy. All people pass gas, some people more than
others. It is normal to pass gas from 6 to 20 times per day.
Common causes of gas include:
You may be able to prevent gas by changing your eating and
drinking habits. Occasionally gas is a symptom of a medical condition that
Examples of gas-producing foods are:
Dietary supplements such as Beano may help to prevent gas.
Some people get relief from gas from products containing
simethicone, a medicine that dissolves gas bubbles. Nonprescription
medicines with simethicone include Gas-X and Mylicon.
July 12, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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