Q. For the past several months I have been suffering with flatulence. It is extremely embarrassing. I worry every time I go out in public that I will pass very smelly gas.
I have tried over-the-counter medications like Gas-X, Beano, Tums and charcoal capsules. I try to avoid foods that might give me gas, but even so, the problem persists. Is there anything I can do? It’s getting so bad that I don’t want to go out anymore.
A. It sounds as if you have tried almost everything in the pharmacy. Here are some home remedies to consider:
- Fennel tea (one tsp fennel seeds, smashed with a spoon, steeped in hot water for 5 minutes)
- A teaspoon of Angostura bitters in a glass of club soda
- A dose of Pepto-Bismol to help control odor
If all else fails, you may be interested in a Flatulence Filter Seat Cushion. It contains activated charcoal which traps odors. The same company (Dairiair) makes carbonized undies that also trap smelly gas. For more information call 877-427-2466 or visit www.GasBGon.com.