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Gastritis (cont.)

Should I follow-up with my doctor after being treated for gastritis?

  • Avoid substances that irritate the stomach or cause symptoms.
  • Take all medications as prescribed by the health-care professional.
  • Return for medical attention if symptoms worsen or persist.
  • Report any new symptoms to a health-care professional.

How can gastritis be prevented?

If a person knows what causes their gastritis, the simplest approach is to avoid the cause.

Alcohol

  • Aspirin and alcohol are the two most widely used substances that cause gastritis.
  • Alcohol should be avoided if the person develops an upset stomach and nausea after drinking alcohol.

The mainstay of gastritis prevention is to avoid those things that irritate or inflame the stomach's lining.

  • Aspirin (use coated aspirin if the person must take aspirin)
  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn)
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine and other caffeine-like substances
  • Alcohol

If the patient's health-care professional has prescribed a medication that they think is causing gastritis symptoms, talk to the doctor before you stop taking the medication. The medication may be very important for the patient's health.

What is the outlook for a person with gastritis?

Most people recover from gastritis. Depending on the many factors that affect the stomach lining, gastritis symptoms may flare-up from time to time. Overall, gastritis is a common ailment that responds well to simple treatments.

On occasion, rare forms of gastritis can be serious or even life-threatening. Severe, ongoing symptoms or internal bleeding should alert a health-care professional to search for a more serious underlying cause.

REFERENCE: Wehbi, M. MD. "Acute Gastritis Treatment and Management." Medscape. Feb 25, 2016.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/175909-treatment>


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/26/2016

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