Gastritis

Gastro Center of Maryland -  - Gastroenterologist

Gastro Center of Maryland

Gastroenterologists located in Columbia, MD

Gastritis is a common condition experienced by many people. It causes inflammation in the lining of your stomach, which may occur suddenly or over time. At the Gastro Center of Maryland, with offices in Columbia, Olney, and Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Pia Prakash, Dr. Josh Rosenbloom, Dr. Eduardo Castillo, and Dr. Dado Xu can determine the severity of your gastritis and help develop a care plan that improves your quality of life. To find out more about treatment options for gastritis, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Gastritis Q&A

What is gastritis?

Gastritis is a general medical term for many conditions that cause inflammation in the lining of the stomach. 

The condition may appear gradually (developing into a chronic condition) or might occur suddenly and your symptoms may be acute. In some people with gastritis, they have an increased risk of developing stomach cancer. 

However, in most people, gastritis doesn’t cause serious health problems and it often improves with treatment. 

What causes gastritis?

Although the stomach lining is quite strong, it can get irritated and inflamed by certain factors. Inflammation is caused by an infection within the stomach. It might develop as a result of certain medications, eating spicy foods, or even too much stress. Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can also lead to gastritis.  

Some types of disease may also cause gastritis, including autoimmune conditions and bile reflux. 

What are the signs and symptoms of gastritis?

It’s important to note that gastritis doesn’t always cause noticeable signs or symptoms, but some people might experience: 

  • Burning pain or a gnawing feeling 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Feeling extra full after eating
  • Abdominal bleeding 
  • Blood in your stool or vomit
  • Dark stools

Your symptoms may share similarities with other conditions, so it may be beneficial to seek professional help from the Gastro Center of Maryland team to determine whether you have gastritis or another condition. 

How is gastritis treated?

At the Gastro Center of Maryland, the team can develop a personalized treatment plan for gastritis after reviewing your medical history and discussing your symptoms and current medication regimen. 

In most cases, gastritis responds well to medications like antacids and antibiotics. If you have diarrhea, you might benefit from anti-diarrheal drugs. However, taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and other over-the-counter (OTC) medicines may worsen your gastritis. 

The team may also recommend you to avoid drinking alcohol, quitting smoking, or eating foods that might irritate your stomach and cause gastritis symptoms. In addition, you may reduce your symptoms by making lifestyle changes to reduce stress. 

To find out how to improve your gastritis symptoms, call the Gastro Center of Maryland or book an appointment online today.