Gastritis is a digestive disease that causes inflammation in your stomach’s lining. At-home gastritis treatment can bring you fast and long-lasting relief from your symptoms.
What is Gastritis?
Gastritis is an inflammation of your stomach’s lining, which protects your stomach tissue from the harmful acid in your digestive juices.
When your stomach lining is inflamed, it produces less of the mucus and enzymes that act as a barrier against your stomach acid. Gastritis can either be acute or chronic. Acute gastritis can last for a few days, weeks, or months before going away. Chronic gastritis is a persistent condition that may resolve.
In addition to acute and chronic durations, gastritis can be erosive or non-erosive, which refers to whether or not it eats away at the lining of your stomach and causes damage.
- Non-erosive gastritis does not damage your stomach tissue.
- Erosive gastritis wears away at your stomach lining and can cause ulcers or other complications.
Reactive gastritis is inflammation of your stomach lining as a result of external stimuli, typically something ingested such as:
- Cocaine use
- Bile reflux
- Physical damage
Symptoms of Gastritis
Gastritis doesn’t always cause symptoms, which means that you could have this condition for months or years without even realizing it. On top of that, gastritis can be mistaken for a stomach ache or GERD because it shares many of the same symptoms as these conditions.
Symptoms of gastritis include:
- Burning in the upper-middle quadrant of your stomach
- Abdominal pain
Because the symptoms of gastritis can overlap with other conditions, it’s important to be evaluated if your symptoms persist. A medical test is the best way to determine whether you have gastritis or another condition.
Tests for gastritis include:
- Urea breath test – for H.Pylori
- Upper GI endoscopy
- Upper GI series
- Blood test
- Stool test
Seeking treatment for gastritis can alleviate symptoms and prevent long-term complications.
Causes of Gastritis
Gastritis is most commonly caused by an H. Pylori infection. Gastritis can also be caused by an autoimmune response, where your immune system makes a mistake and attacks healthy tissue. Reactive gastritis can be caused by damage such as surgery, damage, or illness. Less commonly, gastritis may result from food allergies or a food sensitivity.
When to See a Doctor For Gastritis
Stomach upsets are a normal part of life and generally resolve within a day or two without any medical attention. It’s important to stay hydrated and eat easily-digestible foods such as bananas, rice, toast, or oatmeal when your stomach is irritated. Keeping yourself nourished and hydrated will prevent other symptoms and complications.
Acute gastritis will generally resolve with at-home care. Chronic gastritis may never go away, and persistent inflammation can lead to long-term damage that may require medical attention.
Call Concierge MD if you notice blood in your stool or vomit, if you feel weak or dizzy in conjunction with your other symptoms, or if your symptoms last for a week or longer.
House Calls for Gastritis: The Concierge MD Difference
Gastritis is inconvenient and uncomfortable to deal with no matter what walk of life you live. House calls for gastritis save you the time and hassle of going to your local clinic, especially when you aren’t feeling well. We bring the appointment to you anywhere in Los Angeles, performing exams and tests in the convenience of your home, office, dorm, or anywhere else you might be.
Gastritis is easily treatable at home with medications to reduce stomach acid, as well as finding and treating the cause of the inflammation. Seeking treatment as soon as you notice symptoms can help you prevent complications.
Long-term complications of untreated gastritis can include:
- Peptic Ulcers
- Atrophic gastritis
- Stomach lining growths that can be cancerous or benign
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
Concierge MD will help you treat not only your symptoms, but the underlying cause of gastritis to prevent this condition from returning. We build a customized integrative care plan designed to complement your lifestyle while providing top quality care.
Our members enjoy the benefits of Telemedicine, where we consult with you over the phone for questions or make recommendations for long-term wellness. We also refill prescriptions over the phone so that getting the medication you need is a snap.