What Is Bloating

Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels full and/or tight. This may happen with or without physical distention (swelling) of the abdominal wall. Abdominal bloating can cause discomfort or pain, as well as hinder your overall feeling of well-being. In some cases, bloating can interfere with the way clothing fits or affect your confidence in social settings. A 2008 population-based study found that about 20% of people are experiencing bloating and/or abdominal distention at any given time. Most Americans will experience temporary abdominal bloating at some point during their lives. Rarely, abdominal bloating can be cause of a more serious illness.

There are a variety of causes of abdominal bloating, and a variety of potential treatment methods.


What Causes Bloating

Risk Factors For Bloating

Diagnosing Bloating

Symptoms of Bloating


Living With Bloating


Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For A Doctor