Gastritis is a digestive disorder characterized by the inflammation of the stomach lining. The condition occurs due to various reasons including bacterial infections by Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), frequent intake of aspirin or ibuprofen (NSAID painkillers), smoking, and drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, stress, surgery, a severe injury or illness.
When left untreated, gastritis and lead to other health complications.
Nonetheless, it can be cured by proper medications and healthy dietary changes. The treatment may vary depending on the cause of the conditioning. It includes,
- Antibiotics – Antibiotics are prescribed for a couple of weeks to treat the bacterial infection.
- Antacids – Calcium carbonate medications are suggested to treat heartburn lower the exposure to stomach acid and aid in inflammation.
- Histamine Blockers – The intake of H2 blockers can effectively decrease the production of stomach acid.
- Proton Pump Inhibitors – These medications can lower the secretion of stomach acid as well as help in treating stomach ulcers and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Diet changes – Ensure to follow a diet that lacks spicy or fried foods and allergic food items to reduce the symptoms of the condition.
Gastritis is a common and generally treatable condition. Most people with gastritis can improve their symptoms quickly with these medications.
Anemia,Pernicious Anemia,Peritonitis,Stomach cancer
Antibiotics,Antacids (Maalox, Rolaids, Alka-Seltzer),Histamine (H2) blockers (Famotidine, Pepcid AC, Zantac 360),Proton Pump Inhibitors (Omeprazole, Pantoprazole, Esomeprazole)
Bloating,Nausea,Vomiting,Stomach ulcers,Sudden weight loss,Loss of appetite,Black/tarry stool,Pain or discomfort in upper abdominal area