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What is gastritis?
Gastritis is a term that generally describes the inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. Gastritis, or stomach inflammation, can increase the risk of stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or stomach cancer. The two main types of stomach inflammation are erosive gastritis and nonerosive gastritis. Erosive gastritis erodes the lining of the stomach while nonerosive gastritis changes the lining of the stomach.
Gastritis can come about suddenly (acute gastritis) or occur gradually over time (chronic gastritis). In most cases, gastritis does not cause serious complications and improves quickly with treatment. To receive treatment for this condition, connect with your GI physician at GI Alliance by scheduling an appointment today.
What causes gastritis?
Gastritis primarily occurs when damage is done to the mucus barrier that protects your stomach, and the digestive juices are able to inflame the stomach lining. It can be worse for patients who suffer from conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease, and respiratory failure. In general, gastritis or chronic stomach inflammation can be caused by:
- Alcohol abuse
- Chronic/extreme stress
- Overuse of aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen
- Bacteria – such as H. pylori
- Bile reflux from the liver or gallbladder
- Infections from bacteria or viruses
- Eating spicy foods
- Eating fatty or fried foods
- Eating very salty foods
- Eating acidic foods like tomatoes and some fruits
- Drinking too many caffeinated drinks
The use of certain medications can also contribute to the development of gastritis. These medications include:
- Pain relievers (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
- Chemotherapy drugs
For more information on how to properly manage and get treatment for your gastritis, contact your nearest GI Alliance location and schedule an appointment with a GI doctor.
What are the main symptoms of gastritis?
Some of the main symptoms of gastritis or stomach inflammation include:
- Vomiting and indigestion
- Blood in vomit
- Sharp abdominal pain
- Nausea and bloating
- Burning feeling in the stomach between meals or at night
- Black or tarry stools
What are the treatments for gastritis?
Treatment for gastritis varies from person to person, depending on the cause. The most common treatments for gastritis include:
- Avoiding hot or spicy foods
- Over the counter or prescription-strength antacids
- B12 vitamin shots (pernicious anemia)
- Eliminating certain foods from your diet like dairy or gluten.
If you are experiencing any or a combination of these symptoms, please contact your nearest gastroenterologist at GI Alliance so that you can receive the reliable treatment and the relief that you deserve.
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If you're dealing with the symptoms of gastritis and looking for a place to turn for treatment, look no further than our team at GI Alliance. Our providers are highly skilled and dedicated to helping you find solutions that improve your GI health. Connect with us today to request a consultation to get started.
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