Bloating And Gas Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

Are you having problems with frequent bloating and gas? The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI can help. They have offices in three New York locations for your convenience – Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx – and are well-known for providing outstanding medical care in a welcoming, patient-focused environment. If you’re having problems with bloating and would like to understand the cause and receive treatment for your symptoms, schedule a visit today. Call the office closest to you or book your appointment online.

Bloating and Gas Q&A

What is abdominal bloating?

Bloating is an uncomfortable sensation that may make you feel like an inflated balloon is trapped in your abdomen, somewhere between your hips and chest. It can cause visible distention and even increase your abdominal girth. It’s often associated with excess burping or increased flatulence.

What causes abdominal bloating and gas?

It’s often hard to identify the cause of bloating and gas. It may be related to drinking too much water or eating foods that are known for producing excess gas and bloating, including:

  • Broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables
  • Beans and lentils
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Onions
  • Wheat, barley and rye, especially in the case of celiac disease

Certain conditions can also cause bloating, including:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Celiac disease, triggered by a protein called gluten that's found in wheat, barley, and rye
  • Constipation
  • Gastroparesis, often related to diabetes, which causes slow emptying of food from the stomach into your small intestine
  • Colon, ovarian, stomach, and pancreatic cancer can include bloating as a symptom
  • Lactose intolerance related to consumption of milk and dairy foods

Sometimes that bloated feeling and sensation of excess gas is related to overly reactive nerves in your gut that mistake a normal amount of gas for too much gas.

Regardless of what’s causing your bloating, it takes some investigation to identify the reason for your symptoms. Along with a physical exam and careful review of your symptoms, your GI specialist may recommend diagnostic studies, such as a hydrogen breath test, to solve the puzzle. Your treatment plan is then designed according to the cause of your bloating and gas.

What is a hydrogen breath test?

The hydrogen breath test is a painless study that measures the levels of certain gases present in your breath. These measurements can indicate whether you’re having difficulty digesting certain foods.

In the case of lactose intolerance, for instance, when lactose isn’t digested it’s fermented by gut bacteria, which leads to the production of hydrogen. The lactose intolerance breath test is completed after you consume a beverage containing lactose. Your breath is then analyzed at regular intervals to measure hydrogen levels.

If you’re having problems with bloating and gas, schedule a visit at Triborough GI today. Call the office or use their online tool to book your appointment.