What is gastritis?
Gastritis relates to the inflammation of the gastric mucosa that lines the stomach and protects it from the acidity of the gastric juices. The food that you consume is a very important factor when combating symptoms of gastritis. Drinking alcohol in excess, tobacco, highly flavored foods, animal fats and drug on an empty stomach are the main causes of gastritis and chronic gastritis.
Symptoms of gastritis
- General discomfort
- Stomach ache
- Heaviness in the body
- Presence of blood in the vomit
- Blood in the stools
The symptoms of gastritis can vary widely depending on the lifestyle habits, nutrition and clinical history of each patient. For an accurate diagnosis of gastritis, it’s necessary to see Dr. Sergio del Hoyo to have a gastroscopy and also a few other tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
The most common used as a gastritis treatment is over-the-counter antacids, which can help balance the PH in the body and reduce acid levels in the stomach. An important consideration in the gastritis treatment is a personalized diet that contains foods that can help reduce acid in the digestive system and prevent a gastric ulcer.
In the cases of chronic gastritis, it’s recommended to talk with Dr. Sergio del Hoyo about your family medical history prior to performing a series of tests that help elucidate the cause of chronic gastritis. Among these tests are the detection of H. pylori bacteria and other simple procedures, such as a breath test.
Some of the medications for gastritis treatment include:
- Antibiotics for H. Pylori
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
These medications block the production of acid and help cure chronic gastritis and not just the gastritis symptoms. However, some medications, especially when used in high doses, may increase the risk of bone fractures in the body, so Dr. Hoyo may recommend a calcium supplement.
Dr. Sergio Del Hoyo recommends starting with a complete evaluation and immediately a change in diet with a focus on nutrition. It’s helpful to eat smaller meals more often throughout the day. In this way, the smaller meals can begin to combat the symptoms of gastritis and chronic gastritis immediately.
Remember to avoid eating irritating foods that are spicy, fatty or fried, and avoid alcohol in order to feel better immediately. Dr. Sergio Del Hoyo will help analyze if there are other medications or interactions that may be causing the gastritis symptoms.
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