What Is Gastritis?
Gastritis is a type of inflammation in the lining of your stomach which can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. There are two types of gastritis: chronic and acute. Acute gastritis usually goes away on its own within a few days while chronic gastritis may last for months or years if left untreated.
What causes gastritis?
Gastritis is a dangerous condition that can be caused by excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, or stress. Gastritis also has been known to be triggered by the intake of certain medications like aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. A bacteria called helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs are also causes of gastritis.
What are the symptoms of gastritis?
Some people with gastritis may not have any symptoms, but both acute and chronic gastritis can cause abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. It's possible that burping, bloating, or loss of appetite will also be present in some cases. Others find indigestion is more common.
What is the treatment for gastritis?
The treatment for gastritis depends on the cause of the condition. If you have NSAID-related gastritis, avoiding those drugs may be enough to relieve your symptoms or at least reduce their effects. For H. pylori-caused Gastritis, antibiotics are routinely used to kill bacteria and help with relief from inflammation in stomach walls caused by a high number of these microbes dwelling there.
One of the best ways to treat and reduce the risk of gastritis is by sticking to a diet that avoids hot, fried, or spicy food. You should also avoid eating foods you are allergic to and drinking alcohol.
Probiotics have also been shown to help in treating gastritis. Probiotics help to replenish digestive flora and improve immune function.
It’s important to talk to your doctor to identify which treatment is right for you!