Gastritis: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

If cause can be prevented, then gastritis can be prevented.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Bacterial infection can be prevented by frequently washing your hands with soap and water and by eating foods that have been cooked completely
  • Eat healthy food
  • Do regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight
Regular exercise


Gastritis is more common in older adults because the lining of stomach is thinned considerably. They are more likely to have autoimmune conditions and bacterium that cause gastritis.

Watch Out

  • A gnawing or burning ache or pain (indigestion) in your upper abdomen that may become either worse or better with eating.
  • Stomach lining bleeds
  • Dark, almost black stool
  • Vomiting like coffee grounds

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you experience symptoms of gastritis for a week or longer. Symptoms like
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe belching

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