GASTRITIS

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Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

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Gastritis is the name given to the inflammation of the stomach lining. The term is often used to refer to the many kinds of symptoms that can be caused by this inflammation.

Our stomach linings contain a protective mucus that helps defend the stomach walls from the acid that’s used to break down food and help the digestion process along.

This protective barrier can become damaged by the excessive drinking of alcohol, or most commonly, by the bacteria H. pylori, which leads to gastritis.

Gastritis can manifest itself in various forms and can be diagnosed by using a range of tests.

Most often, gastritis is not severe and it’ll clear up of its own accord relatively quickly, however, if left untreated, the condition may last for many years. In some cases, chronic gastritis can lead to more serious complications.

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Gastritis: Symptoms and Causes

The most common symptoms experienced are as follows:

  • A burning sensation in the stomach that often hits between two or three hours after you’ve eaten
  • Getting stomach pain in the middle of the night
  • Feeling sick and/or throwing up
  • Feeling very full after eating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark black stools
  • Frequent hiccuping and belching
Acute gastritis is usually diagnosed when the pain has developed quickly, suddenly and over a short space of time. If symptoms are present over a long period of time due to bacterial infection, this is classed as chronic gastritis.

The most common causes of stomach irritation and chronic gastritis are as follows:
  • Infection by Helicobacter pylori bacteria
  • Excessive use of certain medications or drugs
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • An event which places stress on the body
  • Viral infection or a weakened immune system
There are other influences which can lead to gastritis, such as autoimmune disorders such as diabetes. If you display any of the symptoms listed, you should contact a GP for diagnosis and treatment. Talk to a Doctor About Gastritis

Treatment for Gastritis

Treatment of gastritis can vary according to the cause of the condition. Relieving symptoms and reducing the amount of acid in the stomach allows the stomach lining to heal.

  • If H.Pylori infection is present, the doctor will prescribe several antibiotics plus acid blocking drugs
  • If the condition is caused by Pernicious Anaemia, B12 vitamin shots are usually prescribed
  • Eating smaller meals at more frequent intervals
  • Avoid consuming foods which could irritate the stomach (e.g. spicy, fried or acidic foods)
  • Antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors are all types of medication which can be used to ease symptoms. Speak to your doctor to find out more about treatments and methods of managing the condition.
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