Gastritis is a medical term which means that you have inflammation in the lining of your stomach.
The common symptoms of gastritis are, (1) feelings of indigestion in the stomach, (2) upset stomach, (3) no appetite, (4) vomiting, (4) feeling bloated and belching, (5) feelings of fullness in the stomach, and (6) weight loss that is unexplained.
When a person has acute gastritis, it causes a lot of burning and discomfort in the stomach, whereas in chronic gastritis there is sometimes no symptoms or you lack appetite. Gastritis can be serious enough however, to cause bleeding. The blood can pass through stool or you may vomit it back up. If this serious symptom happens, you need to run to the doctor quickly and have it checked out since it is nothing to ignore.
The most common complication of gastritis is that it can cause not only bleeding, but stomach ulcers. This is the most important of reasons to have it treated.
There are many medications out there that will help your gastritis pains. One of the drugs that you might be able to use is proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, which hold down the acid production in the stomach by blocking pumps that control the acid formation in your stomach.
Sometimes it is the bacteria H. Pylori that can bring on gastritis. If this has been determined, then two antibiotics will be prescribed to stop the infection along with a proton pump inhibitor.
Acid blockers also help a person with hyper acidity or gastritis. These are drugs like Gamete, Zaneta, or else Ax id. These medicines are only given if you have trouble getting complete relief from taking regular antacids.
Manta, and other antacids such as Maalox can also help with breaking down the acid in the stomach so that you have faster relief from your stomach pain from gastritis.
Also, when treating your gastritis, there are things you can do at home to help yourself. Your diet should include foods that are free of high acid contents, and eating smaller portions also helps. Stuffing yourself full to the max will only make matters worse.
Keep your weight within a good normal range. Obesity causes more stomach-related problems than anything else.
Stress management and exercise is also important. Exercise helps the digestive system to work more efficiently and helps the intestines to move your food through your body in a more efficient manner. Stress reduction is also important since this can also conjure up acids in the stomach, causing them to work overtime.