A person releasing excessive gas from the gastrointestinal tract may have a poor quality of life.


Patients at risk for excessive flatus:

(1) colostomy

(2) aerophagia

(3) dietary (lactose intolerance, beans, etc)

(4) anal sphincter incompetence


Factors associated with problematic flatus:

(1) foul odor

(2) audible noise

(3) inability to control

(4) frequency


Factors impacting the quality of life:

(1) abdominal discomfort, cramping and bloating

(2) embarrassment from odor

(3) embarrassment from sound

(4) ridicule from others


As a result of these concerns that affected person may:

(1) become isolated, with avoidance of others

(2) become depressed

(3) lose out on opportunities at work

(4) miss social or recreational opportunities


Factors that can improve the quality of life:

(1) adjusting diet to reduce gas production

(2) becoming educated in ways to reduce gas (talking to a colostomy nurse, etc).

(3) masking the odor (the Japanese have developed pills that make a flatus small pleasant, thereby avoiding any risk of causing offense)


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