Gastritis is a painful condition where the lining of your stomach becomes inflamed or damaged from stomach acid.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates answered
Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed, resulting in stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. There are several types of gastritis, including erosive gastritis, acute stress gastritis, radiation gastritis, postgastrectomy gastritis, atrophic gastritis, eosinophilic gastritis, Menetrier's disease, and lymphocytic gastritis. Gastritis can be mild or serious, but for most people symptoms improve with treatment.
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Gastritis is a general term referring to inflammation or irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastritis can be caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), salmonella or E. Coli, certain medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), like aspirin and ibuprofen, drinking too much alcohol, stress, trauma or major surgery.
Gastritis is inflammation or irritation of the stomach lining, which can be caused by some medicines (such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory medicines), overuse of alcohol, bacterial infection, or stomach acid. Symptoms of gastritis include pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, bloating, nausea, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.
Almost everyone has an occasional bout of gastritis. Antacids or stomach acid blockers may help to control the discomfort. Usually home treatment is all that is needed to treat occasional gastritis. If gastritis occurs over and over, a visit to a doctor is needed. Severe gastritis can cause serious bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract.
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Riverside Gastroenterology answered
Gastritis is not a single disease, but several different conditions that cause an inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or infection with bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori). Sometimes, gastritis develops after major surgery, traumatic injury, burns, or severe infections. Certain diseases, such as pernicious anemia, autoimmune disorders, and chronic bile reflux, can cause gastritis as well.
The most common symptoms are abdominal upset or pain. Other symptoms are belching, abdominal bloating, nausea, and vomiting, or a feeling of fullness or burning in the upper abdomen. Blood in your vomit or black stools may be a sign of bleeding in the stomach, which may indicate a serious problem requiring immediate medical attention.
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.