What is gastritis?
Gastritis is the swelling of the protective stomach lining. It can be a onetime occurrence or a long-term occurrence.
What causes gastritis?
- excess consumption of alcohol
- too much spicy food
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori, a type of bacteria)
- NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, e.g. aspirin and ibuprofen)
- severe sickness
- autoimmune disorder
How to tell if someone has gastritis?
- pain in the upper abdomen
- bloating and fullness
- a decrease in appetite
- acid indigestion (heart burn)
What are the consequences of gastritis?
If not treated early, gastritis will lead to:
- ulcers in the stomach
- tumors in the stomach
- Pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency)