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What are the symptoms of gastritis?
In many cases, gastritis does not produce any symptoms. When present though, symptoms may include reduced hunger, weight loss, stomach ache, hiccups, heartburn, and nausea and vomiting. Less commonly, the stomach lining can wear away over time, leading …
What causes gastritis?
The stomach lining is a wrinkled layer within the stomach that releases mucus and other substances that help to break down food. This mucus creates a protective barrier between the stomach wall and stomach acids. Gastritis occurs when a hole in the mucus barrier …
What sort of medications can cause gastritis?
A class of medications, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may cause gastritis when taken regularly or over a long period of time. Common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. These medications decrease the …
How is gastritis diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually suspect gastritis based upon your symptoms. A blood, stool or breath test may be conducted to test for Helicobacter pylori bacteria. An upper endoscopy (gastroscopy) and tissue biopsies can help to assess the severity and identify the …
Who gets gastritis?
Almost everyone will experience gastritis at some point. However, it is more likely to develop in older adults, as they have thinner stomach linings and a higher chance of infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria. People with high levels of stress or who regularly …
Are there different types of gastritis?
Gastritis that occurs suddenly is sometimes referred to as acute gastritis. However, when the condition develops slowly and lasts for a long time, it is known as chronic gastritis. Sometimes gastritis can also wear away the stomach lining over time, …
How is gastritis treated?
Sometimes, no specific treatment will be necessary for your gastritis. However, if required, the main treatments are: avoiding substances that trigger inflammation; reducing the amount of acid in the stomach, and; fighting Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection. …
What is the connection between Helicobacter pylori bacteria and gastritis?
Gastritis is often caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria, or H. pylori for short. More than 30% of the world's population is infected with H. pylori, making it one of the most common bacterial infections. These …
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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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