Inflamed stomach or gastritis in other words, is a very common problem on which we will focus in this text. This problem is related to the mucus membrane inflammation, the stomach mucus membrane, of course. This mostly happens when the injury or damage of the mucus membrane is inflicted. Some of the problems that are created in this way include change of the size and the depth of the gastric glands, number of gastric glandular cells and the swelling. In some cases, the number of gastric glands can be decreased, while in some cases they may completely disappear. Old people are commonly affected by this issue. There are many acidic and alkaline substances that can bring harm to the underlying tissue so the membrane acts as a defense from these substances. This problem is not very grave and can be treated, but some changes in lifestyle must be made. If they are not made, the problem may lead to the creation of the stomach cancer and many other threatening problems. It can also impair the production of the digestive juices.
Causes and Symptoms
The most common causes are excessive use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Aspirin and ibuprofen), excessive use of cortisone (hormone used for elimination of bursa, joint and tendon inflammation), excessive use of antibiotics, stress, bacterial infection (such as pylori infection), improper diet, alcohol addiction, excessive smoking and viral infection. Problems that accompany stomach inflammation are full stomach feeling, stomach pain, abdominal cramps, weight loss, burning sensation in the stomach, loss of appetite, fever, weakness, vomiting, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, black stools and sore tongue. Gastroenteritis is a condition that creates symptoms very similar to those of gastritis. This problem is connected with the digestive tract, especially intestine inflammation. Inflamed intestines and stomach are symptoms of this problem, which some also call stomach flu. Sometimes this problem may be more persistent, but it usually lasts only three days.
Removing items that cause the problem is the first step of the treatment of acute gastritis. Implement healthy liquid diet and try to consume less solid food. Mix of anti-microbial agents and anti-secretory agents is needed for the elimination of the infection caused by pylori bacteria. Maalox and Mylanta are given to those who need to eliminate the effect of the acids in the stomach. In these cases, the manufacture of acids may be reduced with the use of drugs like cimetidine and ranitidine. Try to incorporate a lot of vitamin B12 and C in your diet, since they can reduce the problem. Simultaneous, avoid coffee, alcohol, smoking, fried, greasy, and spicy food, since this way you can eliminate the chances of even having this problem. Follow the mentioned steps and you can make the healing process much faster or prevent the problem from happening.