Information about Gastritis
We Have to Know about the Gastritis
- Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining
Causes of Gastritis
- Infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria
- Viral infections
- Chemical and environmental irritants like alcohol, cigarette smoke, aspirin, and ibuprofen.
Do’s and Don’ts of Gastritis
- Don’t smoke.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Signs & Symptoms of Gastritis
- Abdominal discomfort that may become worse after eating
- Persistent pain between the navel and lower ribs
- Nausea, sometimes with vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Belching, bloating or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen
- With severe gastritis, sometimes bloody vomiting and black stools
Risk Factors of Gastritis
Although gastritis can occur in people of all ages and backgrounds, it is especially common in:
- People over age 60
- People who drink too much alcohol
- People who take medications that can cause gastritis
- People who routinely use aspirin especially at high doses
Medical advice for Gastritis
- Call your doctor immediately if you have severe abdominal pain, blood in your vomit, or stools that look black and tarry.
Self Care for Gastritis
- If you are a smoker then stop smoking
- If you have a habit of consuming alcohol then stop drinking alcohol temporarily. After gastritis heals, your doctor will advise you to consume no more than one to two drinks a day, or none at all
- Avoid foods that you think may make your symptoms worse. Foods that cause problems most often include foods that are fatty, spicy or very acidic (coffee, orange juice, tomato juice).
Treatment for Gastritis
Investigations for Gastritis
- Blood Test
- Digital Rectal Examination