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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of gastritis. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Learn about gastritis

Gastritis is a condition that leads to stomach lining inflammation, causing stomach pain, bloating, and nausea. It can come on suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic). Fortunately, medications and lifestyle changes can reduce stomach acid and ease uncomfortable symptoms.

There are 7 types of gastritis:

  • Acute gastritis: Acute gastritis can include serious complications, such as hemorrhages. The most common cause of acute gastritis is the overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

  • Chronic gastritis: Chronic gastritis includes a long-term or repeated inflammation of the stomach lining. It can lead to upper abdominal pain, bloating, and loss of appetite.

  • Atrophic gastritis: Atrophic gastritis, known as type A or B gastritis, is a subtype of chronic gastritis. Chronic atrophic gastritis interferes with stomach functioning, killing the cells needed to properly digest food.

  • Antral gastritis: Antral gastritis affects the lower portion of the stomach. It can be caused by a virus, bacterial infection, stomach injury, or certain medications, with the most common symptom being indigestion.

  • Autoimmune gastritis: Autoimmune atrophic gastritis is a chronic inflammatory disease. The body's immune system mistakes stomach cells as harmful, disrupting the production of gastric acid.

  • Erosive gastritis: Erosive gastritis causes ulcers and bleeding in the protective lining of the stomach. While it's typically acute, it can also be chronic. Some patients show little to no symptoms, while others experience severe gastritis pain.

  • Alcoholic gastritis: Alcoholic gastritis is caused by the consumption of excessive alcohol. Alcohol limits the stomach's ability to produce acids, which leads to inflammation.

Gastritis causes

Gastritis occurs when something damages or weakens the stomach lining. There are several possible causes of gastritis, including:

  • Alcohol abuse

    Chronic excessive alcohol use can irritate and erode the protective lining of the stomach.

  • Autoimmune disorders

    In some people, the body's immune system attacks healthy cells in the stomach lining, causing gastritis.

  • Bacterial infection

    Helicobacter pylori bacteria are the main cause of chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer disease (stomach ulcers). H. pylori infection damages the stomach lining.

  • Bile reflux

    The liver produces bile to digest fatty foods. Bile reflux occurs when bile flows back into the stomach instead of progressing through the small intestine.

  • Medications

    The overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids can weaken the stomach lining.

  • Physical stress

    A sudden illness or injury can cause gastritis. Sometimes, gastritis develops after physical injuries that don't affect the stomach.

Gastritis symptoms

Many people with gastritis do not experience symptoms, and those with symptoms often mistake them for indigestion. Some common symptoms of gastritis include:

    • Loss of appetite

    • Nausea, vomiting, or bloating

    • Feeling extra full after a meal

    • Stomach ulcers

    • Diarrhea

    • Upper abdominal pain and cramps

    • Blood in your stool

    • Fever

    Because gastritis weakens the stomach lining, it can lead to bleeding. If you notice any signs of bleeding, including vomiting blood, black stools, or blood in your tool, seek medical attention immediately.

How to treat gastritis

The treatment of gastritis will depend on the underlying cause. If your health care provider does not find an underlying cause, they may recommend treatments to reduce symptoms.

After gastritis is diagnosed, it is important to limit your consumption of irritating substances, such as spicy foods, alcohol, and NSAIDs. If you have an upset stomach, book an appointment with a doctor to discuss your treatment options.

Gastritis medication

Depending on the cause of your gastritis, your health care provider may recommend the following medications:

  • Antibiotics

    Antibiotics can help treat bacterial infections, including Pylori infections. Depending on the infection, you may need to take more than one type of antibiotic.

  • Antacids

    Calcium carbonate medications help reduce stomach acid exposure and relieve inflammation.

  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)

    Proton pump inhibitors, such as Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Rabeprazole (Aciphex), and Pantoprazole (Protonix), can help reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces.

How to prevent gastritis

H. pylori are easily transmitted, but it is possible to reduce your risk of infection by practicing good hygiene.

In addition, you can take steps to minimize indigestion. Some effective preventive measures include:

  • Avoiding fatty, fried, spicy, or acidic foods

  • Reducing your caffeine consumption

  • Eating smaller meals throughout the day

  • Finding healthy ways to cope with stress

  • Not taking NSAIDs

  • Lowering your alcohol consumption

  • Not lying down for 2–3 hours after eating

When to see a doctor for gastritis

Talk to your health care provider if you experience:

  • Blood in your stool or vomit

  • Extreme weakness or fatigue

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Recurring gastritis symptoms

Related conditions to gastritis

  • Abdominal pain and discomfort

    There are several potential causes of abdominal pain, including gastritis. In most cases, abdominal pain related to gastritis includes a gnawing or burning pain (indigestion) in the upper abdomen.

    Stomach flu

    Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) involves diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

    Stomach ulcers

    An ulcer is a patch of inflamed stomach lining. Ulcers cause more localized and severe pain, along with an increased risk of stomach cancer, bleeding, and perforation.

    Diarrhea

    Gastritis typically involves nausea and vomiting, while the stomach flu often leads to diarrhea.

    Crohn's disease

    Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that leads to inflammation of the digestive tract.

Gastritis treatment FAQs

  • What is the best treatment for gastritis?

    The best treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your gastritis. In most cases, treatment for gastritis includes a combination of lifestyle changes, antibiotics to fight H. Pylori infection, and proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid production.

  • What is the best medicine for gastritis?

    For immediate relief from gastritis, antacids can help neutralize stomach acid.

    If your gastritis is caused by an infection, your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics to fight Pylori bacteria. In addition, your doctor may recommend proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid.

  • How long does gastritis take to heal?

    Acute gastritis can last anywhere from 2 to 10 days. Meanwhile, chronic (long-term) gastritis can last for weeks or months depending on the underlying cause.

  • What triggers gastritis?

    Gastritis is commonly caused by H. pylori infection. It can also be triggered by excessive alcohol use, physical stress, the overuse of NSAIDs, and the consumption of irritating foods.

  • Can gastritis go away on its own?

    Yes, gastritis can go away on its own, and many people recover from gastritis without medical intervention. However, medication can help speed up the healing process.

  • What are the possible complications of gastritis?

    Without proper treatment, gastritis can lead to serious health conditions, including anemia, peritonitis and sepsis, or stomach cancer

  • Can gastritis be prevented?

    It's possible to reduce your risk of H. Pylori infection by practicing good hygiene, including hand washing. In addition, healthy lifestyle changes, such as reduced alcohol consumption and avoiding irritating foods, can lower your risk of gastritis.

  • What are the warning signs of gastritis?

    Common warning signs of gastritis include:

    • Stomach pain

    • Nausea, vomiting, or bloating

    • A feeling of fullness in your stomach

    • Bloody vomit or stool

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