The term ‘bloat’ is a verb that is used to refer to something that has become swollen with fluid or gas. However, ‘bloating’ is a similar phenomenon that occurs in the abdominal area. Bloating is also often known as abdominal bloating.
Abdominal bloating is a condition that affects the abdominal area. It is when the abdominal area feels uncomfortably full and tight. The area may also be visibly swollen. The symptoms of bloating can be vague and difficult to pinpoint, and many times people such dismiss them without concern.
However, it many become a concern when there is an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, tightness, or swelling in the abdomen. This can also be accompanies by pain, excessive gas (flatulence), frequent burping or belching, and abdominal rumbling. However, a complete lack of rumbling is even more dangerous.
The pains are due to bloating will feel sharp and cause the stomach to cramp. These pains may occur anywhere in the body and can change locations quickly. Often these pains may be mistaken for heart pains when they develop on the upper left side of the chest. Pains that occur on the right side are often confused with problems in the appendix or the gallbladder.
The most common causes of abdominal bloating are diet, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, reflux, and constipation. It can also be caused by overeating, heartburn, eating too fast, weight gain, overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel, menstruation, parasites such as worms, some medications, and/or sugar substitutes such as fructose and sorbitol.