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Gastritis is a term that generally describes the inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. Gastritis or stomach inflammation can increase the risk of stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or stomach cancer. The two main types of stomach inflammation are erosive gastritis or nonerosive gastritis. Erosive gastritis erodes the lining of the stomach while nonerosive gastritis changes the lining of the stomach.
Gastritis can come about suddenly (acute gastritis) or occur gradually over time (chronic gastritis). In most cases, gastritis does not cause serious complications and improves quickly with treatment.
Gastritis primarily occurs when damage is done to the mucus barrier that protects your stomach, and the digestive damages are able to inflame the stomach lining. Gastritis or chronic stomach inflammation can be caused by:
Patients with certain health conditions also have a greater risk of developing gastritis. These include:
Use of certain medications can also contribute to the development of gastritis. These medications include:
The main symptoms of gastritis or stomach inflammation include:
If you are experiencing any or a combination of these symptoms please contact your nearest gastroenterologist.
Treatment for gastritis varies from person to person, depending on the cause. The most common treatments for gastritis include:
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