If you are experiencing unusually long-lasting or uncomfortable gas and bloating, tell your doctor right away. It could be a symptom of a bigger problem. “Bloating is one of the main symptoms of celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the small intestine,” says Rafid J. Hussein, DO, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “When diagnosed, however, it is easily treatable.”
Another common problem associated with gas and bloating is bacteria in the small intestine. “In the diabetic population, this bacterial overgrowth is very common,” says Hussein. “We give an antibiotic to the patient that kills off the bacteria and gets rid of the gas and bloating.”
In many cases, gastroenterologists at Saint Francis perform endoscopies to diagnose these problems. During the procedure they insert a tiny scope into the patient’s esophagus, retrieve a tissue sample and send it to a laboratory.
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