Abdominal Bloating
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What causes abdominal bloating? 48 possible conditions

Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and gaseous, and may also be visibly swollen (distended). Bloating is a common complaint among both adults and children. Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.



Indigestion (also known as dyspepsia) happens to almost everyone from time to time. Eating habits or a chronic digestive problem can trigger indigestion.

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Gas & Flatulence

Flatulence is a medical term for releasing gas from the digestive system through the anus. It's also commonly known as farting, passing wind, or having gas. It occurs when gas collects inside the digestive system, an...

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose is commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. A person becomes lactose intolerant when his or her smal...

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Gallstones are hard deposits in the gallbladder that can eventually block the exiting bile ducts. Abdominal pain, fever, itchy skin, and jaundice are symptoms.

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H. Pylori Infection

H. pylori are a type of bacteria that may not cause problems. However, sometimes it can cause pain, bloating, and burping, and may lead to ulcers or stomach cancer.

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Giardiasis is an infection in your small intestine caused by microscopic parasites called giardia.

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Food Allergy Basics

Food allergies are overblown responses by the immune system to foods that aren't typically harmful - like eggs and peanuts. Continue reading and learn more about food allergies, and how to prevent or treat sever...

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Amebiasis is a parasitic infection of the intestines commonly contracted in tropical regions.

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Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach pushes up through your diaphragm and into your chest cavity. Common symptoms include heartburn, belching, and abdominal discomfort.

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Hookworm Infections

Hookworms are parasites that affect the small intestine and lungs. Read more about the symptoms of this infection and treatment options.

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PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Premenstrual syndrome causes a wide variety of emotional and physical symptoms. Learn more about it.

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Bleeding or spotting, increased need to urinate, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and missed period are signs of pregnancy.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine and causes many uncomfortable symptoms, such as bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and pain.

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Malabsorption Syndrome

Malabsorption syndrome occurs when the intestine's ability to absorb important nutrients is compromised. Certain conditions, such as Celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, and dairy allergies may lead to malabsorption.

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Intestinal Obstruction

If your small or large intestine becomes blocked, fluid and digested food cannot move through. This can cause bloating, stomach cramps, and burping.

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Gastroparesis is a disorder that occurs when your stomach takes too long to empty food. Find out about the treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.

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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that can result in severe weight loss. Learn more about warning signs and treatment.

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Fatty Liver

Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a broad term that describes the buildup of fats in the liver, often caused by excessive alcohol use.

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A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Hernias are most common in the abdomen but can appear elsewhere.

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Colic and Crying

Your baby has colic if they cry for more than three hours a day, three or more times a week, for at least three weeks. This could be due to hunger, acid reflux, gas, or overfeeding.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.