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Gastritis (cont.)

Gastritis Follow-up

  • Avoid those things that irritate the stomach or cause symptoms to Pernicious anemia up.
  • 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.

Gastritis Prevention

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.

Gastritis Prognosis

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 generally a common, mildly troubling 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.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Acute Gastritis.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/7/2014
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