Digestive health

Common symptoms



Several different factors can cause diarrhoea, including medications, infections, food poisoning, emotional stress and food intolerance. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Facts on farting and burping

Burping and farting - these are no joke. Fortunately, there are real steps you can take to prevent and treat it.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is an unpleasant feeling in the pit of the stomach that one is about to vomit.

Treating the trots

You're more in the loo than at your desk. Is it something you ate or do you have 24-hour gastric flu? Either way, you need to stop the trots - and fast.

Gas and diet

Gas can be a very embarassing problem. Changing your diet and avoiding certain foods may help you save face.

Facts about your fart

Farting is the act of passing intestinal gases through the anus. These can sometimes be odorless and ssometimes deathly. But do you know why you pass gas?

What’s making you puke?

Nausea and vomiting are your body’s way of getting your attention. Here are some of the most common causes.

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain is a frequent manifestation of disorders of the abdominal organs, but it may also result from disorders in which the primary problem lies outside the abdomen.

Why we are windy

Everyone has gas and eliminates it by burping or passing it through the rectum.

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Digestive Health Expert

Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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