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Trapped Wind Treatments

We stock safe and effective treatments for the relief of trapped wind, available to easily buy online with no prescription required and free delivery on orders over £40. Our service is fast, secure and discreet, so no need to worry!

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What is trapped wind?


Trapped wind is a very common condition, where a buildup of pressure in your stomach or abdomen causes pain or discomfort around the digestive system. This is helped by burping or passing wind, but it can be very uncomfortable, causing extreme pain in some cases. It will pass with time, but can be helped along with certain medications that are usually available over the counter.


What does trapped wind feel like?


Trapped wind can feel like a few different things, and can affect different parts of your digestive system.

Common symptoms of trapped wind include:

  • Stomach bloating
  • Flatulence or burping
  • Feeling uncomfortably full after eating
  • Your stomach making rumbling or gurgling sounds
  • Stomach cramps
  • Pain when you bend over, lie down or move around
  • Nausea
  • Pain that moves around the body. This could be behind the ribs, up your back or even to your shoulder

What causes trapped wind?


Air that is swallowed and not released again as a burp or as flatulence can cause a buildup in your digestive system, causing pain. This air can be swallowed as a result of eating too fast, drinking fizzy drinks or eating when stressed.

Wearing tight clothing around your waist can also make the problem worse, as well as changes in your diet or eating certain foods.

Some foods that can cause trapped wind are:

  • High fibre foods such as beans, broccoli, cabbage, onions and brown rice
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Dairy foods, if you’re lactose intolerant
  • Fruit juices
  • Foods with high fat content
  • Carbohydrates

How does medication help trapped wind?


The active ingredient in most medications to help treat trapped wind is peppermint oil. This is a type of medicine called an antispasmodic, which helps the muscle of the bowel wall to relax. It is commonly used by those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Common side effects for peppermint oil include heartburn and indigestion.

Moving around and walking, or massaging your lower abdomen may also help give relief from trapped wind, as this will help the trapped gas out of your body.