Home > Health & Wellness > Health Library > Gas (Flatus)
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 5, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!
Ames: 515-239-6877In Iowa: 800-524-6877
Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Patient Privacy |
Net Learning for Employees |
MGMC PACS for Physicians
1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - email@example.com
©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.