Flatulence in its standard form is not a cause for any real concern. It is a perfectly natural biological process just like breathing and your heartbeat. It is a necessary step of the digestive process and the average person may pass out gas up to twenty times a day to a total of 1 to 3 pints of gas every day.
The thing to worry about is excess flatulence, which causes great discomfort as well as social embarrassment. This can result from the noise of the flatulence, which can be loud and obvious; it can come from the smell caused by the mix of gases in flatus; or it may come from some combination of both.
It is not always necessary to go to the doctor when you have flatulence. However, there are some times when it may become serious, to the point where you have to take medical care. Knowing the difference between typical and serious may be of great benefit to you.
Sometimes flatulence will cause cramps in your stomach which cause great discomfort. You could be woken up early by these cramps. At this time it is wise to consult your doctor. It is wise to keep track of the foods that seem to provoke flatulence, as a list may help your doctor make the correct diagnosis.
Sometimes there is a sudden change in bowel habits accompanied by flatulence. You may find yourself going to the toilet too often, or with a case of constipation, which may be accompanied by passing more gas. In such cases, it is essential to get the once-over from a doctor.
At other times you may pass out blood in the stool. This will always make a person panic, but it may not be as serious as first thought. It is nonetheless essential to consult with your doctor regarding the cause of this bleeding; causes can range from very serious to comparatively trivial.
Nausea and vomiting may occur as a result of flatulence. This may cause great discomfort and other complications and should be treated by a medical specialist. Abdominal pain and swelling may also be a result of excessive flatulence. Do not try your own medication in these cases – always take the advice of a medical specialist and use any medication they have advised.