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Ask the Doc: ‘Is partner’s wind a worry?’


By Philip Murray

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A large meal. Eating smaller and more frequent meals can help.
A large meal. Eating smaller and more frequent meals can help.

Dr Laura Ryan answers your health questions.

Q. My partner passes a lot of gas, which is something of a running joke in our household, but I’m becoming a little concerned by it’s frequency! Do I need to speak to a doctor?

A. Flatulence is passing gas from the digestive system out of the back passage. Some people call it “passing wind”.

There are no medical guidelines defining the normal frequency or volume of flatulence. Excessive flatulence can usually be controlled by making changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as avoiding foods known to cause flatulence, eating smaller and more frequent meals, eating and drinking slowly, and exercising regularly.

A GP visit might be needed if any of the following are occurring at the same time:

  • Persistent abdominal pain and bloating.
  • Recurring episodes of diarrhoea or constipation over a period of six weeks.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Bowel incontinence.
  • Blood in stools (faeces).
  • Signs of an infection, such as a high temperature, vomiting, chills, joint pain and muscle pain.

These symptoms could be an indicator of a more serious health problem and may require investigation.

Q. I have concerns about my eyesight, but there’s no point trying to contact an optician just now, is there?

A. Community optometry practices (opticians) have resumed providing routine eye-care services in all settings. This includes regular eye examinations and contact lens check-ups.

You should always tell your optometrist if you or someone you live with has any signs or symptoms of coronavirus. This will help them ensure the safety of you and others when you receive care.

If you aren’t sure what services are available in your area, visit Scotland’s Service Directory at www.nhsinform.scot

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