Gastritis involves inflammation of lining of the stomach, it is separated into acute gastritis which occur suddenly and chronic gastritis which develops slowly and lasts for years.
H Pylori, a bacterium that infects the lining of the stomach is found as the most common cause of Gastritis. If left untreated, the infection from H.Pyori can lead to ulcers and, in some cases, stomach cancer. Using of some pain relievers and drinking too much alcohol can also be a reason for Gastritis.
What are the symptoms of Gastritis?
- Burning ache or pain (indigestion) in your upper abdomen
- A feeling of fullness in your upper abdomen after eating
- Dark to black stools
How is Gastritis Diagnosed?
Your personal and medical history will be reviewed and the following test may be recommended for further diagnosis.
1. Upper endoscopy, a procedure to examine your upper digestive system using a thin tube with a tiny camera. The doctor may then perform a biopsy to remove the samples of tissue before sent for analysis in the laboratory.
2. Blood test may be ordered such as screening for H.Pyori infection.
3. Stool test to check whether the blood is present in your stool which is a possible of gastritis.
How is Gastritis Treated?
Generally, gastritis is not a serious disease and can be improved quickly with antacids and other drugs. These medications will help relieve symptoms from inflamed area. Your doctor may recommend you to avoid certain foods that aggravate symptoms such as hot and spicy foods. If gastritis is as a result of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), avoid NSAIDs is better to relieve the symptoms and if gastritis comes from H. pylori, it is routinely treated with antibiotics that kill the bacteria.
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