Did you know? Up to 20% of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS. Are you one of them?

Because the condition is incredibly common but also not well-known, our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants to share some insight about the condition. Read on as we take a look.

What Is the Main Cause of IBS?

While the cause of irritable bowel syndrome is unknown, there are certain things researchers think could contribute to development of the disease. In some cases, IBS develops after a person has contracted gastroenteritis.

Nervous system issues, inflammation in the intestines, muscle spasms in the intestines and changes in the body’s microflora may also play a role in the development of the disease. While anyone is at risk of developing the condition, certain people are at a higher risk.

Risk Factors for IBS

  • Being a woman
  • Being between the ages of 13 and 40
  • Having a family history of IBS
  • Dealing with trauma

Why Do I Feel Bloated All the Time?

Bloating is a common symptom of IBS, but what is it exactly? Bloating makes your belly feel swollen, typically after eating. It occurs when the body produces excessive gas or when there are changes in the movement of the muscles in the digestive system.

If you’ve dealt with bloating, you’re familiar with the discomfort and stuffed feeling it can cause. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to help alleviate bloating and get back to feeling more like yourself.

Ways to Eliminate Bloating

  • Go for a walk.
  • Try yoga poses.
  • Use peppermint capsules.
  • Try gas relief capsules.
  • Try abdominal massage.
  • Use essential oils.
  • Take a warm bath.
  • Increase fiber gradually.

Do you think you might have irritable bowel syndrome? Visit AFC Urgent Care Farragut today for a medical examination and treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!