Gastritis or inflammation of the stomach can be due to a variety of causes. Drugs such as aspirin and other painkillers, alcohol, infections, certain foods like coffee, and immune system diseases can all lead to gastritis.
Those suffering from gastritis can complain of nausea, bloating, and pain in the upper abdomen. Severe cases may present with bloody vomiting and urgent care should be sought.
Long-term gastritis can increase an individual's chances of developing stomach cancer.
Treatment of Gastritis
Treatment is based on the cause, but mild cases generally respond to antacids. Resistant varieties may need prescription medication to help reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces, or antibiotics to help fight any infections that might be present.