If you have trapped gas, trying home remedies and moving around may help you pass it. If it lasts a long time or occurs frequently, or you have other symptoms, you may have a health condition that needs treatment.
Trapped gas can feel like a stabbing pain in your chest or abdomen. The pain can be sharp enough to send you to the emergency room, thinking it’s a heart attack, appendicitis, or gallbladder.
Producing and passing gas is a typical part of your digestion. But when a bubble of gas gets stuck inside you, you want to relieve the pain as fast as possible. And if you have other symptoms, it’s a good idea to find out what’s causing the pain.
Read on to learn how to relieve trapped gas, what the causes might be, and tips for prevention.
Certain home remedies for relieving trapped gas work better for some people than others. You may have to experiment to see what works best and fastest for you. Most of the evidence behind these home remedies is anecdotal.
Here are some quick ways to expel trapped gas, either by burping or passing gas.
1. Move around
Walk around or exercise. Movement
2. Get a massage
This involves making circular massage movements on your abdominal area in the shape of the letters I, L, U, and O in the direction your bowel movements pass through the colon and small intestine.
3. Do yoga poses
Here’s a pose to start with:
- Lie on your back and extend your legs straight up with your feet together.
- Bend your knees and put your arms around them.
- Pull your knees down to your chest.
- At the same time, pull your head up to your knees. You can also keep your head flat if it’s more comfortable.
- Hold the pose for 20 seconds or more.
Certain yoga poses may work better than others.
4. Drink more liquids
Drink noncarbonated liquids. Warm water or herbal tea helps some people. Try peppermint, ginger, or chamomile tea.
Use prepared teabags, or make your own herbal tea by steeping ginger root, peppermint leaves, or dried chamomile.
A traditional Persian remedy
5. Try herbs
Natural kitchen remedies for gas include:
Mix one of these ground herbs or seeds into a glass of warm water and drink.
6. Try baking soda
7. Drink apple cider vinegar
Dissolving 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking it is a traditional remedy for gas release.
Many over-the-counter (OTC) remedies exist for gas relief. Again, the evidence for effectiveness may be anecdotal only. You’ll have to experiment to see what works for you.
Here are some products to try.
8. Enzyme preparations
- Digest Dairy Plus
- Dairy Relief
Beano is a well-known version of this enzyme, available in tablet form.
Simethicone products have possible benefits in relieving gas, according to
These products include:
- Alka-Seltzer Anti-Gas
- Mylanta Gas
Activated charcoal tablets, capsules, or powder
These products include:
- Activated Charcoal
Trapped gas symptoms
Your stomach may be bloated, and you may have stomach cramps.
Pain from gas that collects on the left side of your colon can radiate up to your chest. You may think this is a heart attack.
Gas that collects on the right side of the colon can feel like it might be appendicitis or gallstones.
The following chart summarizes the variety of causes of trapped gas:
|Common causes of excess gas||Other factors that may cause excess gas||Health conditions|
|digestion||persistent post-nasal drip||irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)|
|food intolerance||certain medications, such as OTC cold medications||Crohn’s disease|
|bacterial overgrowth||fiber supplements that contain psyllium||ulcerative colitis|
|constipation||artificial sugar substitutes, such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol||peptic ulcers|
|lifestyle behaviors, such as chewing gum, overeating, and smoking||stress|
|a previous surgery or pregnancy that altered your pelvic muscles|
You can lower your risk of getting a painful trapped gas bubble by watching what and how you eat.
It may be useful to keep a food diary. This can help you keep track of the foods and circumstances that lead to a gas bubble. Then you can avoid those foods or behaviors that seem to give you a problem.
Try eliminating foods one by one so that you can pinpoint possible problems.
Here are some basic tips to start with:
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid carbonated beverages.
- Drink liquids at room temperature, not too hot or too cold.
- Avoid foods known to cause excess gas.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners.
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
- If you wear dentures, have your dentist check on whether they let in too much air when you eat.
- Increase your physical activity.
Try some of the home remedies or OTC remedies for gas, and see what might work for you.
It’s a good idea to see your doctor if you frequently have trapped gas bubbles, if they last a long time, or if you have any worrisome symptoms.
Other symptoms to watch for include:
- unexplained weight loss
- bowel movement frequency changes
- blood in your stool
- nausea or vomiting
- loss of appetite
It’s a good idea to discuss the remedies that you’re already trying, especially any herbal supplements.
What is the best position to relieve gas?
Several poses can help relieve gas, particularly yoga poses. Examples include the child’s pose and knee-to-chest pose.
How long can trapped gas last?
Gas can stay trapped, causing pain, for a couple of hours. If you do not experience relief within that time frame, you may wish to see your doctor in case you have a more serious issue like appendicitis.
Does drinking hot water relieve gas?
Drinking more water, regardless of its temperature, can help you relieve trapped gas.
Trapped gas can be acutely painful. It’s usually not serious but may be a sign of a food intolerance or an underlying digestive problem.
Watching what you eat and taking some preventive measures can help.
Getting rapid relief may take some experimenting with different remedies to see what works for you.