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While most people will experience mild bloating from time to time, it can also be a symptom of serious health conditions. When is discomfort and distention in the abdomen more than a passing inconvenience? When is it a sign of something more serious? Learn more here.

Causes of Bloating

Several factors can contribute to bloating, many of which are unpleasant but essentially harmless. A diet high in fat or consisting of foods that cause gas, for instance, can contribute to bloating. Swallowing large amounts of air due to anxiety, rapid eating, chewing gum or even drinking through straws can also cause bloating. You may also experience bloating as a side-effect of constipation or, for women, menstruation.

Other times, albeit very rarely, bloating can point to something more serious. Ascites, or the accumulation of fluid inside the abdominal cavity, is often a sign of liver disease and can cause bloating in many patients.

Tumors in the stomach, liver, ovaries or other parts of the abdomen can cause the sensation of bloating, as can some parasitic disorders.

When to Consult a Doctor About Bloating

A frequent sensation of bloating, especially if it’s accompanied by bowel irregularities, sudden changes in overall weight and blood in vomit or stool are all signs you should visit a doctor to determine the cause of your discomfort.

If you frequently feel bloated or your abdomen is noticeably distended, contact us today at GI Texas Center. We’ll help you understand the cause of your discomfort and whether it’s a sign of something more serious.

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