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How to get rid of bloating and water retention in abdomen?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: how do you get rid of the bloating and water retention in your stomach due to possible cirrosis
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Answered by Dr. Karen Steinberg (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Prescription medicines or paracentesis

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thank you for using Healthcare Magic. If you have cirrhosis and are having water collect in your abdomen (called "ascites"), it is difficult to treat. Some prescription medicines help, but you need to be closely monitored. In severe cases, sometimes the fluid needs to be removed by paracentesis. This is a procedure where a doctor puts a small needle in your abdomen and removes the fluid through a tube. This is often done the first time a person is diagnosed with ascites to get an idea of what is causing it and to be sure no infection is present.

You seem to be assuming you might have cirrhosis. This is something you need to have checked if it hasn't already been diagnosed. There are other causes of fluid in the abdomen that need to be ruled out. If you have already been diagnosed with cirrhosis, the ascites indicates that the liver damage is severe and that it is starting to fail. You might soon need a liver transplant in that case.

See a gastroenterologist who specializes in liver disease, also called a hepatologist. It is important to make the correct diagnosis and get started on the right treatment as soon as possible. If it truly is ascites from cirrhosis that you have, the liver damage could also cause other problems such as bleeding in your stomach and intestines, fatigue, and mental changes. A specialist can help treat those problems.

There are really no home remedies for this kind of problem, so see your doctor promptly. Hope this answers your query. If you have further questions, I would be happy to answer them.


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How to get rid of bloating and water retention in abdomen?

Brief Answer: Prescription medicines or paracentesis Detailed Answer: Hi, thank you for using Healthcare Magic. If you have cirrhosis and are having water collect in your abdomen (called "ascites"), it is difficult to treat. Some prescription medicines help, but you need to be closely monitored. In severe cases, sometimes the fluid needs to be removed by paracentesis. This is a procedure where a doctor puts a small needle in your abdomen and removes the fluid through a tube. This is often done the first time a person is diagnosed with ascites to get an idea of what is causing it and to be sure no infection is present. You seem to be assuming you might have cirrhosis. This is something you need to have checked if it hasn't already been diagnosed. There are other causes of fluid in the abdomen that need to be ruled out. If you have already been diagnosed with cirrhosis, the ascites indicates that the liver damage is severe and that it is starting to fail. You might soon need a liver transplant in that case. See a gastroenterologist who specializes in liver disease, also called a hepatologist. It is important to make the correct diagnosis and get started on the right treatment as soon as possible. If it truly is ascites from cirrhosis that you have, the liver damage could also cause other problems such as bleeding in your stomach and intestines, fatigue, and mental changes. A specialist can help treat those problems. There are really no home remedies for this kind of problem, so see your doctor promptly. Hope this answers your query. If you have further questions, I would be happy to answer them.