Definition and facts about gastritis
- Gastritis is an inflammation or
irritation of the lining of the stomach.
- Gastritis has many causes,
including as a result of an infection with the same bacteria that causes
most stomach ulcers.
- Gastritis can be a brief and
sudden illness (acute gastritis), a longer-lasting condition (chronic
gastritis), or a special condition, perhaps as part of another medical
illness (atrophic gastritis, autoimmune gastritis, eosinophilic gastritis).
- An example of acute gastritis is
stomach upset that may follow the use of alcohol or certain medications such
as aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- An example of chronic gastritis is
or H. pylori, a type of bacteria that infects the stomach.
- Foods that may cause gastritis can
differ from person to person, but in general, foods that can cause gastritis
- beverages that contain alcohol or
- spicy foods,
- foods that contain
- foods high in fat.
- Symptoms of gastritis are
- Home remedies for gastritis
include changing the diet and avoiding alcohol. If the person is taking pain
relievers that can cause gastritis, these should be changed or avoided.
- Medical treatment for gastritis
include medications to decrease the acid in the stomach and antibiotics
against the organism causing gastritis.
- Gastritis can be prevented by
avoiding certain drugs, foods mentioned above, and modifying the diet.
What is gastritis?
Gastritis is a group of diseases that cause inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Acute gastritis occurs suddenly,
and will frequently respond to appropriate therapy while chronic gastritis develops slowly. The inflammation of the stomach lining is most frequently caused by a bacterium called H. pylori. Gastritis can vary greatly from mild gastritis to severe gastritis. Symptoms might not always be correlated with the severity of the disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/26/2016
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