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.
If you think you’re suffering from gastritis, or aren’t sure - don’t delay, speak to a doctor online today.
Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, diagnose whether or not you’ve got gastritis and recommend a course of treatment to help you tackle the condition.
The most common symptoms experienced are as follows:
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.