What Is Gastritis?

Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).

Causes of Gastritic pain

Gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining, can result from various factors, including:
  • Irritants
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Bile reflux: 
  • Infections:
If left untreated, gastritis can lead to significant blood loss and potentially increase the risk of stomach cancer development.

Symptoms of Gastritis

  • Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Burning stomach
  • Hiccups
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting bloodor coffee ground-like material
  • Black, tarry stools

Diagnosing Gastritis

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Blood tests
  • Fecal occult blood test (stool test)

Treatment of Gastritis

  • Taking antacids
  • Avoiding hot and spicy foods
  • For gastritis caused b pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn)
  • If the gastritis is caused by pernicious anemia, B12 vitamin shots will be given.
  • Eliminating lactose or gluten
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Albert Shalomov

Dr. Albert Shalomov, MD