"Gastric" is a word for stomach, and "-itis" means inflammation. So gastritis is inflammation (irritation) of your stomach lining. It can come and go quickly (acute) or last a long time (chronic) depending on the cause.
Gastritis may be caused by infection, stress, or medicine
You might have pain or discomfort in your belly area, feel sick to your stomach, or throw up blood
Doctors may need to look into your stomach with a flexible viewing tube
Doctors will give you medicine to lower the amount of acid in your stomach
Common causes of gastritis include:
Gastritis may not cause symptoms.
If you do have symptoms, they can include:
If gastritis causes stomach bleeding, you may:
Doctors can often tell if you have gastritis based on your symptoms. Tests usually aren't needed.
Sometimes, doctors may:
Look in your stomach with an endoscope Endoscopy "Endo" means inside, and "scope" means look. So an endoscope is an instrument doctors use to look inside your body. Endoscopes can also be used to do tests and treat diseases. Endoscopes are... read more (a flexible viewing tube)
Do a biopsy (take a sample of your stomach lining to look at under a microscope)
Doctors treat symptoms with medicines, such as:
Doctors will also have you avoid certain foods and drinks and stop taking medicines that hurt your stomach lining, such as aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen).