Gastritis Treatment in Crofton, MD
Stomach inflammation can stem from a number of sources, and the term gastritis is used to describe any condition causing inflammation of the lining of the stomach, which can include acute gastritis (which describes when the onset of your stomach inflammation is sudden) and chronic gastritis (which describes stomach inflammation that is gradual but long-lasting). Atrophic gastritis is form of chronic gastritis causing a gradual loss of gastric granular cells, changing the gastric lining over time and increasing the risk of malabsorption/nutrient deficiencies and autoimmune disorder reactions.
Gastritis causes include infection, injury, regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as well as excessive alcohol consumption. It is important to discuss your stomach inflammation with your healthcare provider who can identify and treat the underlying cause to provide symptom relief. Certain bacterial infections, if untreated, can lead to painful ulcers and even stomach cancer, thus making prompt intervention a must.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Crofton that specializes in gastritis treatment, call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Signs of gastritis may vary among individuals, with some not experiencing any symptoms at all. The most common gastritis symptoms, however, include:
- Nausea or prolonged upset stomach/stomach pain
- Burning or gnawing sensation in the stomach (indigestion) between meals or at night
- Vomiting (which can include blood)
- Loss of appetite
While most cases of indigestion and stomach pain are short-lived and don't require medical care, recurrent symptoms which don't respond to pain relievers should be reported to your healthcare provider promptly to ensure effective treatment. If you vomit blood, have blood in your stools or have stools that appear black, it is important to seek immediate medical care to ensure the cause of these severe symptoms is identified and treated promptly, and your health is restored.
Your visit to your healthcare provider's office will begin with a medical history in conjunction with your symptoms. An examination will follow. If your healthcare provider suspects gastritis is what ails you, he or she will likely recommend one or more of the following tests to confirm a diagnosis:
- Upper endoscopy: Using a thin tube attached to a tiny camera, which is inserted through your mouth and down into your stomach, your healthcare provider will examine your stomach’s lining to inspect for signs of inflammation. A biopsy (a process by which a sample of tissue is removed for closer laboratory analysis) may follow.
- X-rays: X-rays of your upper digestive system can visualize your esophagus, stomach and small intestines for abnormalities that might explain the cause of your gastritis.
- Blood tests: Blood tests may be ordered for a number of reasons, including checking your red blood cell count to determine whether an underlying health condition—such as anemia or pernicious anemia —is to blame for your gastritis. Additionally, blood tests can identify if the bacterium H. pylori is the cause.
Treatment of gastritis varies depending on cause. Prescription medications may be recommended to reduce stomach acid. If the source of your gastritis is the bacterium H. pylori, prescriptions medications, likely a combination of antibiotics, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) and amoxicillin or metronidazole (Flagyl), will likely be recommended to eradicate the bacterium. Antacids can also neutralize your stomach acid and may be recommended to help provide pain relief.
Your healthcare provider might also recommend making lifestyle changes. This may include limiting or eliminating your use of over-the-counter drugs for pain relief and replacing them with herbal remedies such as anti-inflammatory essential oils (such as peppermint oil). Reducing stress through guided medication may be particularly helpful in place of traditional painkillers. If you have a sedentary lifestyle (such as a desk job which requires you to sit for extended periods of time), your healthcare provider will likely recommend exercising to help reduce inflammation and boost immune function. A diet for gastritis which limits or excludes spicy foods, processed and packaged foods, fried and acidic foods as well as avoids alcohol consumption will help to control inflammation and help to heal the gut.
Your gut is at the center of your overall wellness. If you experience prolonged gastrointestinal discomfort, it is important to report your symptoms to a qualified healthcare provider who can recommend treatment that will provide symptom relief and sustained wellness. Schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Crofton that specializes in gastritis treatment. Call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
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