If you experience symptoms like nausea and pain in your upper abdomen, you may be suffering from a condition known as gastritis. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, the team of board-certified gastroenterologists provide effective conservative treatment for gastritis. To speak with a digestive health expert about your condition, call or schedule your appointment online today.
Gastritis refers to a group of conditions that cause inflammation to the lining of your stomach. Gastritis can either be acute or chronic. Acute gastritis usually appears suddenly, while the symptoms of chronic gastritis gradually worsen over time.
Symptoms of gastritis include:
Many patients with gastritis also experience an abnormal feeling of fullness in the upper abdomen after eating.
Although occasional indigestion is normal, most cases are short-lived. If your condition lasts longer than a week, book an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to determine the best way to relieve your symptoms.
The most common cause of gastritis is a bacterial infection: H. pylori, a type of bacteria that can live in the digestive tract that spreads through food, drink, and contact with infected persons.
Gastritis is also commonly caused by autoimmune disorders that trigger the immune system to attack the lining of the stomach. Additional causes of gastritis include:
Gastritis is also common in older adults as the lining of the stomach thins with age. Older adults are also more likely to suffer from H. pylori infection and autoimmune disorders.
Treatment for gastritis begins with a diagnosis. Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor begins with a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms and medical history.
They may perform a number of additional tests including a breath, blood or stool test to check for the presence of H. pylori, endoscopy, and an X-ray of your upper digestive system, which may involve ingesting barium beforehand to make abnormalities stand out.
Depending on the cause of your gastritis, treatment may include:
Many patients experience relief from avoiding irritating foods and stopping the use of pain relievers that increase the risk of gastritis. You and your doctor discuss your personal health to develop a treatment plan that works for you.
To discuss gastritis with a gastroenterology specialist, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book an appointment online.