Farting (flatulence) is passing gas from the digestive system out of the back passage. It's a normal process and something everyone experiences regularly.
There are things you can do if you fart a lot or your farts are smelly.
Causes of farting
When you swallow food, water or saliva, you also swallow small amounts of air. This collects in the digestive system. The body needs to get rid of the build-up by farting or burping. Gases can also build up when you digest food.
Causes of excessive farting
Excessive farting can be caused by:
Do not stop or change your medication without speaking to your GP first. It's important that you don't self-diagnose.
Get advice from a pharmacist
A pharmacist can give you advice about excessive or smelly farts. They may be able to recommend something to help like:
- charcoal tablets
- special underwear or pads that absorb smells
A pharmacist may also be able to tell you if you need to speak to your GP.