Skip to main content
Farting (flatulence)

Farting (flatulence) is when you pass gas from your bottom.

Farting is usually only a problem if you feel you fart a lot or you also have other symptoms, like bleeding from your bottom.

Exercising regularly and changing your diet can help reduce farting. Get advice from a GP if it does not get better or you also have other symptoms.

Excessive or smelly farting is often caused by swallowing air or eating foods that are difficult to digest.

Read more on the NHS website.

Farting is usually only a problem if you feel you fart a lot or you also have other symptoms, like bleeding from your bottom.

Check if your farting is normal

Farting is usually nothing to worry about. Everyone farts, some people more than others. The average is 5 to 15 times a day.

What's normal is different for everyone. If you notice a change or it's affecting your life, there are things you can do.

Read more on the NHS website.

Exercising regularly and changing your diet can help reduce farting. Get advice from a GP if it does not get better or you also have other symptoms.

Self-care


Do

  • eat smaller meals, more often
  • drink or chew food slowly
  • exercise regularly to improve how your body digests food
  • drink peppermint tea

Don't

  • do not chew gum, smoke, or suck pen tops or hard sweets to avoid swallowing air
  • do not wear loose-fitting dentures
  • do not eat too many foods that are difficult to digest and make you fart

Medical treatments

Speak to a pharmacist about excessive or smelly farts.

They might be able to tell you:

  • if you can buy something to help – for example, charcoal tablets or special underwear and pads that absorb smells
  • if you should see a GP

Read more on the NHS website.

Excessive or smelly farting is often caused by swallowing air or eating foods that are difficult to digest.

Read more on the NHS website.