Abdominal swelling, also referred to as stomach bloating or abdominal distension, is a condition in which you suffer from excessive intestinal gas. When gas is trapped inside of your intestines, the abdominal walls swell. When this happens, gas is produced at a much higher rate than usual. Your abdomen will feel fuller and tighter even if you have not eaten.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh mint
- Fresh ginger
- Foot stool
Eliminate certain foods from your diet (such as beans, vegetables and dairy products) one at a time in order to determine if something you’re eating may be causing your abdominal discomfort.
Use over-the-counter antacids. If your stomach discomfort and bloating are mild, try a dissolving tablet, such as Tums or Rolaids. If the problem is more serious, you might consider a liquid form, like Maalox or Mylanta. For serious stomach issues, a more expensive alternative is Tagamet HB or Zantac 75. Various types of over-the-counter medications are available in liquid, tablet and pill form. If symptoms persist, call your doctor.
Utilize natural herbs to treat your bloating and discomfort. Herbal ingredients are safe to use and very effective. Ginger is a well-known herb for relieving stomach discomfort and neutralizing nausea. Fennel and mint also help the digestive system.
Increase your water and fiber intake. Sometimes, abdominal swelling and pain can be a sign of constipation. Keep a small foot stool in your bathroom; some doctors recommend putting both feet on a stool when attempting to move your bowels. This relieves abdominal pressure and makes passing a hard stool easier. Avoid sitting on the toilet for too long and straining.
If at-home treatment methods don’t do the trick, make a doctor’s appointment for additional diagnosis and help. Your doctor may prescribe a treatment option more effective than over-the-counter drugs.