Gastritis is an inflammation of your stomach lining. It may occur suddenly (acute) or slowly over time (chronic). While gastritis is not serious and most people will recover over time, it may lead to stomach ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer.
Gastritis is usually caused by an infection of Helicobacter Pylori bacteria. This bacteria weakens the protective coating around your stomach lining, which allows your digestive juices to damage and inflame your stomach lining. Other possible causes of gastritis include excessive alcohol consumption, long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and stress.
Symptoms of Gastritis
While most people with gastritis will not show any symptoms, those who do will experience the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and indigestion
- Bloating after eating
Send us an enquiry if you experience such symptoms, and want to have them confirmed, or if you experience these symptoms for over a week.
Diagnosing and Treating Gastritis
To diagnose gastritis, your doctor will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. He or she may recommend additional tests, such as an endoscopy or blood tests to confirm your symptoms.
The treatment for gastritis will depend on the cause. Your doctor may prescribe medications such as antacids, proton pump inhibitor, or H2-receptor blockers to relive your discomfort. He or she may also suggest changes to your lifestyle and diet to prevent gastritis from recurring.