How to Relieve Gas Pain Fast

Quick Tips for Gas Pain Relief
Illustration by Joshua Seong. © Verywell, 2018. 

Are you having pain from trapped intestinal gas? Maybe you ate too many gas-producing foods too close together. Knowing what caused your gas pain isn't going to help now, you just want to find relief fast! Luckily, there are some things that you can do to help to ease your discomfort from trapped gas and get on with your day.

For the occasional bout of gas, these tips can help you relieve the pressure. But keep in mind that what may seem like gas pain is not always gas pain. If your pain is severe and persistent, or with any symptoms of infection, fever, or rectal bleeding, seek medical attention immediately.

Don't Suppress Passing Gas

If you are sure that your symptoms are definitely related to trapped gas, now is not the time to think about modesty. Go to a private place or find a toilet and just, as they say, "let it fly." The less gas there is in your system, the less likely it will be that you will be in pain.

If Possible, Move Your Bowels

If you are able to have a bowel movement, go for it! Don't wait until you are in the comfort of your own home—choose any port in the storm. That said, having a bowel movement will help in two ways:

  1. You will speed up the movement of the muscles lining your large intestine which will help to encourage the gas to make its way out of your system.
  2. A ​bowel movement empties the rectum of any stored stool, freeing up the passage of the trapped intestinal gas.

Sip a Gas-Reducing Hot Tea

Peppermint, ginger, and anise teas all have gas-reducing reputations. However, avoid anise if you are prone to chronic diarrhea as it appears to have a mild laxative effect. On the same note, reach for the anise tea if you believe that constipation might be contributing to your gas pains. Keep these teas handy for use when needed.

Chew Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds have a reputation for reducing intestinal gas. A safe amount appears to be approximately one teaspoon. Try chewing some seeds and assess if they are helpful for you.

Note: There is mixed information regarding the safety of ingesting extra fennel when pregnant or breastfeeding. If that applies to you, it would be best to play it on the safe side and choose an alternative gas-relieving option.

Apply Heat to Your Belly

Besides being very soothing psychologically, heat helps to relax the muscles in your gut and inhibits pain sensations. You can use a heating pad, a hot water bottle or, if you are at home, you can try a hot bath.

If you use a heating pad or hot water bottle, be sure to protect your skin with a layer of clothing to protect you from experiencing a burn. If you are prone to recurrent gas pain attacks, it might be wise to make sure that a heating pad is available to you for use when you are at work.

Move Your Body

Gentle exercise can be helpful in easing the gas pain. Walking is the easiest option as you can do it practically anytime, anywhere. Walking helps to relax the muscles in your abdomen, with the effect of helping trapped gas to make its escape.

Yoga is another great option if you have space and the privacy. Several yoga poses have been associated with easing the passage of intestinal gas. 

Take Some Deep Breaths

Deep diaphragmatic breathing may help to ease the pain, but only if this is something you practice on a regular basis. Since this type of breathing is so effective for stress reduction, it's worth taking the time to learn it. You can then use this breathing technique as needed for future gas attacks.

Head to the Drugstore

Some people, but not all, find they get gas relief from over-the-counter products, such as simethicone and activated charcoal. Of the two, simethicone is considered to be the better option. Activated charcoal may result in unwanted gastrointestinal symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.

If you decide to try activated charcoal, you may find that it turns your stool black, but this is not something to be concerned about. As with any over-the-counter product, check with your doctor before use. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid these products.

A Word From Verywell

Trapped gas pain is uncomfortable and embarrassing. Once you have relief, you need to consider what might have been the cause so you can avoid future episodes. Be sure to discuss severe or continued pain with your doctor.

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