How to cure upper abdominal swelling & pain

Written by beth lytle
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh ginger
  • Foot stool

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    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.

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    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.

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    Utilise 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 neutralising nausea. Fennel and mint also help the digestive system.

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    Increase your water and fibre 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.

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    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.

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