• Flatulence, commonly referred to as farting, is the release of intestinal gases through the rectum. These gases are produced primarily through the digestion process, where bacteria in the large intestine break down food that was not fully digested in the stomach and small intestine.
  • The primary symptom of flatulence is the expulsion of gas. This can vary in frequency and odour depending on diet and individual digestive health. In many cases, the gas is odourless and not noticeable. However, gases that contain sulphur can produce a noticeable and sometimes unpleasant odour.
  • Flatulence is often accompanied by additional symptoms that can include a feeling of bloating, abdominal discomfort, and a rumbling or gurgling noise in the stomach known as borborygmi. Excessive flatulence can also be a symptom of a food intolerance (like lactose or gluten intolerance), dietary choices that increase gas production (such as high-fibre foods), or digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or coeliac disease.
  • While flatulence is a normal biological process, excessive or painful flatulence can be a sign of a more serious health issue and may warrant consultation with a healthcare provider to rule out underlying conditions.

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