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Gastritis

Due to age or over-consumption of alcohol and anti-inflammatories, the lining of the stomach can start to thin out and become inflamed. This leads to prolonged indigestion and constant pain in the upper abdomen, better known as Gastritis. Most of the time, gastritis is easily spotted and treated, but sometimes it can go on without any symptoms and can cause many future health issues if not treated properly.
Treating Gastritis in Katy, Tx

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What is Gastritis?

Gastritis is when the stomach lining becomes inflamed or irritated. This can happen suddenly, called acute gastritis, or over time, which is called chronic gastritis. Luckily for most people, gastritis can improve quickly with the right treatment. Without proper treatment, it can sometimes lead to ulcers or it can increase the risk of stomach cancer.

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What are the common symptoms?

Not every case of gastritis will cause the same symptoms, but if you are experiencing any of the following for more than a week, it is a good idea to call your doctor.

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting – blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

  • Burning ache or pain (constant indigestion) in your upper abdomen that becomes better or worse with eating

  • Indigestion

  • Black, tarry stool

Causes and Risk Factors

Gastritis is almost always the result of infection with the same bacteria that causes most stomach ulcers. Big contributions to gastritis include drinking too much alcohol and regular consumption of pain relievers. In some cases, gastritis can increase risks of stomach cancer and ulcers.

Diagnosis of Gastritis

Your doctor will probably suspect gastritis fairly easily after a quick examination of your medical history, but in some instances, tests will be necessary to get to the root of the cause.

Many times, a doctor will test for the bacterium H. pylori, perform an endoscopy, or take an X-ray of your upper digestive system. They are looking for signs of inflammation or any abnormalities in the stomach, small intestine, or esophagus that can help them pinpoint the gastritis and help them decide what the best form of treatment is.

Treatment Options

Gastritis treatment depends on how severe the case is. If someone is dealing with acute gastritis caused by alcohol and pain medication, it could be easily relieved by stopping the use of these things.

There are also several medications that can treat gastritis that include:

  • Antacids

  • Antibiotics

  • Probiotics

  • Medications that reduce acid

  • Medications that block acid and promote healing

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    Without proper treatment, gastritis can lead to ulcers or stomach bleeding. Consult with your physician if you experience any symptoms of gastritis.

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