Farting, also known as flatulence or wind, is normal. There are things you can do if you fart a lot or it's smelly. Sometimes it can be a sign of a health condition.
Farting is usually nothing to worry about. Everyone farts, some people more than others. The average is 5 to 15 times a day.
What's normal is different for everyone. If you notice a change or it's affecting your life, there are things you can do.
Speak to a pharmacist about excessive or smelly farts.
They might be able to tell you:
Excessive or smelly farts can be caused when you swallow air or eat foods that are difficult to digest. It can also sometimes be a sign of a health condition.
Do not self-diagnose. See a GP if you're worried about your farting.
|Bloating, stomach pain with diarrhoea or constipation that comes and goes||Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)|
|Indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea and stomach pain||Coeliac disease|
|Diarrhoea, bloating, stomach pain, feeling sick||Lactose intolerance|
Excessive or smelly wind can also be a side effect of some medicines, including:
Do not stop or change your medicine without speaking to a GP first.
Page last reviewed: Sat Aug 2022 Next review due: Sat Aug 2022