If you are caring for someone with gastritis, it is helpful to know what triggers their symptoms. Help the person manage their food intake: if fatty, acidic, spicy and fried foods trigger symptoms, they should be avoided. Alcohol intake and smoking may also play a role. Be sure that the person also avoids medications, like aspirin or ibuprofen, that can contribute to gastritis, but takes any medications prescribed to treat it, like antibiotics or anti-acids, as directed. In addition, encourage the person to exercise and obtain a healthy weight. Also, helping the person to manage their stress level should make a difference.