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.

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  1. Sheiila Henderson

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  2. KathyH

    Add ginger to the list of gas remedies. I get a lot of gas. GasX helps but I worry about taking it most days long term. When I eat fresh ginger, I get a lot less gas than when I don’t. Of course, it’s too hot to eat plain, so I slice it thinly and eat it on thick whole wheat toast. With honey, it’s really good.

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