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Dear Diary,

Last week, mom and I finally picked up my dress from the tailor. I can’t believe the dance is only a week away! After dinner, mom made me try on the dress for grandma and grandpa, so I ran up to my room, unzipped the shiny plastic bag, and slipped the dress on over my head. You will never guess what happened next! The dress wouldn’t zip! I tried tugging on the zipper, jumping up and down, lying on my bed, but nothing worked. How am I going to go to the dance if I can’t fit in my dress? My life is over!!

Sincerely, Samantha

Oh, the teenage years. Samantha was experiencing was a bloated stomach caused by eating too many bagel bites far too quickly. Luckily, this sort of bloating is common, and Samantha’s went away just in time for the big dance. Most of us have experienced stomach bloating at some point in our lives. In fact, bloating affects between 10% and 30% of adults.

What Is Causing Your Bloated Stomach? FastMed Urgent Care Answers Your Most (Heart) Burning Questions.

Bloated StomachAt FastMed Urgent Care, helping you feel better is our business. There was a time when you had only two choices for medical care: planning a doctor’s appointment or waiting in a crowded emergency room. FastMed is a leader in offering medical care that is prompt, personal, and available when you need it.

What are some common causes of stomach bloating?

  • Swallowing too much air
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Menstruation
  • Lactose intolerance

Can a bloated stomach be a sign of a more serious health condition?

Sometimes. Some serious medical conditions that are associated with a bloated stomach are:

  • Celiac disease
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Ascites

How can I prevent stomach bloating?

  • Avoid carbonated drinks
  • Eat slowly and avoid gassy foods
  • Avoid chewing gum because it can cause you to swallow extra air

At FastMed, we understand that your life is busy, which is why we are open weekends, holidays, and nights. With clinics throughout North Carolina and Arizona, finding quality medical care is simple. Let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Twitter!

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