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A doctor should assess persistent bloating.

A doctor should assess persistent bloating.

Although it is not common, bloating and swelling of the abdomen can signify a severe medical condition. Liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, heart failure, kidney problems, and some types of cancer can cause bloating.

Bloating that continues for days or weeks may indicate a health issue that needs medical attention. It is advisable to speak to a doctor about ongoing bloating that does not go away over time.

People whose bloating occurs alongside these symptoms should seek medical advice:

  • appetite changes or trouble eating
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
  • fever
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bright red blood in the stool
  • black or dark maroon stools