Bloating isn't fun for anyone. It's uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and occasionally embarrassing, depending on if the bloating is obvious or noticeable. But sometimes your bloating isn't as benign or innocent as you might think, sometimes there are some signs your bloating is actually a larger inflammation issue, rather than just due to eating foods like broccoli, beans, and onions, to name just a few. If your bloating comes accompanied with other symptoms, that could be an indication that you might have more to worry about than just your belly bloat and that you need to make an appointment with your doctor.
Bloating isn't entirely uncommon, but recognizing when you're bloated, as well as if you ate or drank something that might be causing your bloating, is important in determining what kind of thing with which you might be dealing. There are some red flags that you need to know about, particularly if you find yourself frequently bloated, that it's more than belly bloat and might be something like a chronic condition, infection, or bacterial overgrowth that can be addressed, making you feel better and bloat less often. Talking to your doctor about what else is going on in your body beyond just bloating, as well as how often you're bloating and how soon after eating that you're feeling bloated can help them determine the best way to proceed.