is actually a consequence of inflammation affecting the stomach lining. The
inflammation can be attributed by a multitude of different factors. It affects
people of all ages, especially adults and older adults. It can cause symptoms
which some could be very bothersome – therefore you may wonder how long it
lasts and will it relieve without leaving serious complications!
a number of different factors can cause the condition. These include [reference]:
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- Bacterial infection. In most
cases, gastritis may be the result of H-pylori infection, the same bacteria
that cause many cases of peptic ulcers.
- The next common culprit is
regular use of NSAIDs or other pain relievers that irritate stomach lining.
Frequent use of NSAIDs is also a risk factor of stomach and duodenal ulcers.
- Sometimes dietary factors have an
effect to trigger the condition, such as; excessive alcohol use, caffeine
consumption, vitamin B12 deficiency, or ingestion of certain chemicals.
- Stressful events, for examples;
after major surgeries, critical illness, or bad injuries.
- Particular health conditions,
such as; Chron’s disease, HIV, and autoimmune conditions.
Symptoms of the disease vary among adults, even sometimes there are no symptoms. But in many cases, common symptoms include abdominal pain (typically in the upper center of the stomach or sometimes in the upper left area of the stomach see more about this in here), feeling of fullness, bloating, indigestion, belching, nausea, and vomiting.
in adults can occur suddenly (also called acute) or develop gradually
(chronic). So how long does it take to clear up! The answer is dependent on the
type of your gastritis and what causes the condition.
it’s usually temporary – it often causes more intense stomach pain which could
be painful enough to interfere with your daily activities. Typically the
symptoms occur abruptly. However sometimes it may not cause any symptoms.
depend on how severe it is. If it’s mild, it may relieve without treatment and
a few diet changes are enough to cope with. Diet loaded with foods low in fat
and acids, for example, is usually tolerated best. If vomiting doesn’t relieve,
chicken soup might also help. And avoid alcohol or other things that can
trigger upset stomach!
in some cases, treatment is required. What kind of treatment you need is
dependent on the underlying cause. For instance – if it is caused by H-pylori
infection, 1-2 rounds of antibiotics are prescribed to heal the infection. You
may take these antibiotics for about 10 days or more.
prognosis is good for most cases. Acute gastritis rarely turns into serious,
especially if it’s promptly treated. Even as mentioned earlier, sometimes it
relieves over time without treatment (depending on the underlying cause of the
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in a few cases, the disease could also be more difficult to treat. Treatments
might fail to heal the disease. As a result it might turn into a long-term,
chronic gastritis. If your gastritis symptoms persist despite treatment for the
disease, tell your doctor!
acute gastritis, chronic gastritis usually develops over a long period of time
and can be caused by more variety of factors and conditions. That’s why it’s
not always easy to understand.
if left untreated, it could be dangerous and fatal. Treatment is necessary to
prevent it from worsening and causing serious complications. Some possible
complications of the condition are as follows:
inflammation of stomach lining can make stomach ulcers more likely to form,
especially if you have some risk factors of peptic ulcers such as H-pylori infection
and regular use of NSAIDs.
lining may gradually wear away over time, causing metaplasia or dysplasia
(precancerous changes). In rare cases some types of chronic gastritis increase
the risk of stomach cancer, which is particularly true for people with
extensive thinning of their stomach lining.
Though it takes more time to heal, it can be cured in most cases, especially if what causes the disease is identified and curable. But it could be harder to treat if it’s associated with certain medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases – even though it improves and gets better with treatment, it may require ongoing monitoring.
know that H-pylori infection is one of top common causes of gastritis. But many
people with this infection don’t develop the disease. This suggests that other
factors (including lifestyle choices like poor diet and smoking) may make
people with the infection become more susceptible to have the disease.
also thought that a few changes in diet and other lifestyle measures may help
boost the recovery, making the disease heal more quickly. Here are a few
changes that may help:
attention on what and how to eat! In general, it’s recommended to go with diet
low in fats and salt. Also, avoid other foods that can cause irritation like acidic,
fried, and spicy foods!