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.
Check if your farting is normal
Farting is usually nothing to worry about. Everyone farts, some people more than others.
What's normal is different for everyone. If you notice a change or it's affecting your life, there are things you can do.
Things you can do to cut down excessive or smelly farts
eat smaller meals, more often
drink or chew food slowly, with your mouth closed
exercise regularly to improve how your body digests food
drink peppermint tea
do not chew gum, smoke, or suck pen tops or hard sweets (to avoid swallowing air)
do not wear loose-fitting dentures
do not eat too many foods that are difficult to digest and make you fart
do not drink too much beer, wine or fruit juice
Food and drinks that can make you fart
- brussels sprouts
- pulses, like beans or lentils
- dried fruit, like raisins or apricots
- food or drinks containing the sweetener sorbitol
- fizzy drinks and beer
A pharmacist can help with excessive or smelly farts
Speak to a pharmacist about excessive or smelly farts.
They might be able to tell you:
- if you can buy something to help – for example, charcoal tablets or special underwear and pads that absorb smells
- if you should see a GP
Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:
- farting is affecting your life and self help and pharmacy treatments have not worked
- you have a stomach ache or bloating that will not go away or comes back
- you keep getting constipation or diarrhoea
- you have lost weight without trying
- you've had blood in your poo for 3 weeks
What causes excessive or smelly farts
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.
|Difficulty pooing and stomach pain||Constipation|
|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:
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like ibuprofen
- some laxatives
- antifungal medicines
Do not stop or change your medicine without speaking to a GP first.
Page last reviewed: 7 June 2022
Next review due: 7 June 2025