Gastroenterology

Swollen Stomach

Introduction to Swollen Stomach

A swollen stomach occurs when something for example air or fluid, accumulates in the abdomen causing its expansion beyond its normal size. It is usually a symptom of some other dysfunction in the body

Written by Doctify Team 27/04/2020

What is a Swollen Stomach?

A swollen stomach occurs when something for example air or fluid, accumulates in the abdomen causing its expansion beyond its normal size. It is usually a symptom of some other dysfunction in the body. If suffering from it you may experience feeling full, pressure in the abdominal region, nausea or pain in the stomach. The major cause is believed to be overeating or air swallowing.

What are the causes for a Swollen Stomach?

Other than overeating or air swallowing which is considered to be the major cause, other causes include Crohn’s disease, transient constipation, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, functional dyspepsia.

What are the symptoms of a Swollen Stomach?

Pain in the abdominal region or sometimes shortness of breath in extreme cases where the stomach pushes against the lungs.

How is a Swollen Stomach treated?

Mostly lifestyle changes can help cure it. You should eat smaller amounts of food and avoid food which causes symptoms. Medication such as dietary supplements with enzymes, for example Beano, can also be used.

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