Over the weekend, I noticed an interesting question in a column by The People’s Pharmacy’s Joe and Teresa Graedon that addressed the topic of flatulence due to diet. The person who wrote in said that her son is a vegetarian who eats a lot of beans and dairy for protein, as well as lots of vegetables. He especially eats a lot of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots. “He is so flatulent, we can hardly stand it,” the mother wrote.
Smelly gas is one thing, but as I did a little research, there can be other outcomes from gas, such as misdiagnosis of other health issues. For instance, gas in the intestines can cause severe pain for some people, leading to misdiagnosis for a more severe condition. When pain from gas is on the left side of the colon, doctors can confuse it with heart disease. When the pain is on the right side, doctors may suspect gallstones or appendicitis.
So what is gas? Why does it occur? Why does it become smelly? What foods caus...
Tissue infection - Clostridial; Gangrene - gas; Myonecrosis; Clostridial infection of tissues
The site of infection becomes inflamed with a pale to brownish-red and very painful tissue swelling. If you press on the swollen tissue with your fingers, you may feel gas as a crackly sensation. The edges of the infected area expand so quickly that changes can be seen over a few minutes. The involved tissue may be completely destroyed.
Air under the skin ( subcutaneous emphysema )
Blisters filled with brown-red fluid
Drainage from the tissues, foul-smelling brown-red or bloody fluid ( serosanguineous discharge)
Increased heart rate ( tachycardia )
Moderate to high fever
Moderate to severe pain around a skin injury
Pale skin color, later becoming dusky and changing to dark red or purple
Progressive swelling around a skin injury
formation, combining into large...
Generic Name: LOPERAMIDE/SIMETHICONE - ORAL Pronounced: (low-PAIR-uh-mide/sye-METH-ih-cone) Anti-Diarrheal (Lope)-Anti-Gas Oral Interactions
If you are taking this medication under your doctor's
direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug
interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change
the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
This drug should not be used with the following medication
because a very serious interaction may occur:
If you are currently using the medication listed above,
tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting loperamide.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use,
recent/current antibiotic use
drugs that can cause constipation (e.g., anticholinergics
such as belladonna/scopolamine/benztropine, an...
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