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How can someone get rid of trapped gas in their chest?

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People who are experiencing trapped gas in their chest can try taking an antacid, which encourages belching that makes the gas move. In addition, home remedies, such as sipping herbal teas, are also effective.

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Other remedies for treating trapped gas include:

  • Taking activated charcoal before and after a meal. This makes digestion easier, but can also cause stools to turn darker.
  • People who are lactose intolerant may wish to take lactose enzymes, as they help to break lactose down and reduce the risk of trapped gas.
  • Try to relax after eating a meal.
  • Herbal teas, such as peppermint and ginger, can also alleviate gas.

People who frequently experience trapped gas may wish to take steps to prevent it:

  • Avoid eating too fast or chewing with the mouth open. This encourages air to enter the mouth, which in turn makes gas worse.
  • Avoid eating spicy foods.
  • Try to quit smoking and cut down on drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid late-night eating and drink fluids after meals rather than during them.
  • Chew food properly, as gas sometimes arises as a result of food that is poorly digested.
  • Avoid vegetables that cause gas, such as broccoli, sprouts and cabbage.
  • When eating a diet that is high in fiber, focus on drinking lots of water too.

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