Gastritis: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Gastritis?

Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly or gradually. Acute gastritis cause sudden, severe inflammation. Chronic gastritis causes long term inflammation.
Gastritis overview

Recovery Time

Acute gastritis lasts up to 2 or 3 days. Chronic gastritis may last more than 7 days up to years if left untreated.


  • Blood tests for the reports of blood cell count, presence of H.pylori bacteria in blood.
  • Stool test to check whether there is blood in the stool.
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Urine analysis
  • Stomach Biopsy
Gastritis diagnosis

FAQs prepared by doctor

Q1.  What is Gastritis?
Gastritis is the inflammation of lining of the stomach. It is caused due to various factors such as drugs – especially antibiotics, NSAIDS, excessive consumption of alcohol, excessive smoking and spicy food. It is also caused if you are infected by H.pylori bacteria which grow in the gastric mucosa.

Q2.  How do I get Gastritis?
You get Gastritis if you are exposed to any of the above gastric irritants.

Q3.  What is the treatment for Gastritis?
Gastritis is usually treated with antacids, depending on the severity. In case of infection with H.pylori   Antibiotics along with antacids are given.

Q4.  How long does it take to cure? And is there any chance of recurrence?
Simple Gastritis resolves within 5 days of treatment. H.Pylori infection is usually treated with 2 weeks of medication.

Q5.  How do I prevent Gastritis?
You can prevent Gastritis avoiding the irritants mentioned above.

Q6.  What are the complications of Gastritis?  
Gastritis if untreated will lead to Peptic ulcer, Gastric carcinoma and may also lead to gastric perforation. 

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