What is gastritis?

Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed after it's been damaged. 

Common causes are

Regularly using over the counter pain medicines like ibuprofen [NSAIDs class of medicines]

H. pylori bacterial infection.

Excessive alcohol use, cocaine use.

Stress, insomnia.

Autoimmune reaction

What are the symptoms of gastritis?

Indigestion

Burning discomfort in the pit of the stomach, gnawing sensation

Feeling sick

Feeling full after eating

What should I do if I have symptoms of gastritis?

Consult your healthcare provider.

How is gastritis diagnosed and treated?

Test for H. pylori infection with stool test, breath test.

Looking at the stomach with the camera [endoscopy]

Barium swallow

Acid lowering medicines, antibiotics based on lab results.

 

How can I lower my risk of Gastritis?

Avoid NSAIDs

Avoid alcohol, smoking.

Healthy dietary habits, daily exercise, maintain normal body weight.

Eating smaller, more frequent meals.

Avoiding foods that irritate the stomach such as spicy food, acidic or fried foods.

Stress management, sleep hygiene.

Location of Stomach in the abdomen

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