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What can cause stomach swelling and bloating?

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Common causes of stomach swelling and bloating include eating excessive amounts of food in one sitting, eating rich and fatty foods and eating too fast, according to WebMD. Accidentally swallowing air and bacteria in the stomach can also cause stomach swelling and bloating.

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Some foods known to cause gas and bloating include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peaches and apples, notes Mayo Clinic. Other foods that may cause bloating and swelling include onions, whole-grain products, lentils and sugar-free foods that contain sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol. Beans, dairy products, chewing gum and hard candies may also cause bloating.

Bloating and swelling is often caused by swallowing air, states WebMD. People may swallow air when drinking through a straw, drinking carbonated beverages quickly, sucking on hard candy or chewing gum. Stress, nervousness or anxiety can cause some people to swallow air. Smoking may also cause air to be swallowed. Some people with acid reflux swallow air due to the discomfort caused by stomach acid buildup in the esophagus.

Excessive gas may be caused by a gastrointestinal blockage, infection or disease, explains Mayo Clinic. Conditions that prevent the body from properly absorbing or digesting a certain type of food, such as lactose intolerance, may be the cause of gas and bloating.

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