If you have persistent burning sensations in your stomach, you may have a condition known as gastritis. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the board-certified medical team understands how chronic gastritis symptoms can interfere with your life. At their offices in Oakbrook Terrace, Palos Heights, and Oak Lawn, Illinois, the skilled physicians offer on-site diagnostics and custom treatments to reduce your pain and protect your gastrointestinal health. Learn more about treatment options for gastritis by calling the Illinois Gastroenterology Group nearest you or by booking an appointment online now.
Gastritis is a group of conditions that relate to the inflammation of your stomach lining. In many cases, this inflammation is the result of a bacterial infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), the same bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.
If you have weaknesses in the lining of your stomach, digestive juices can begin to damage your stomach lining and lead to gastritis.
You can develop acute gastritis, where symptoms appear suddenly. If you have chronic gastritis, your symptoms appear over time and can increase your risk for ulcers and stomach cancer.
Gastritis can cause a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe. However, not all people with the condition will develop symptoms.
The most common symptoms of gastritis include:
For some, symptoms of gastritis will get better or worse after you eat. If your symptoms don’t resolve on their own within a few days, it’s important that you schedule an evaluation for gastritis at Illinois Gastroenterology Group as soon as possible.
In many cases, the Illinois Gastroenterology Group medical team can diagnose gastritis based on your symptoms and a physical exam. However, to confirm your symptoms aren’t caused by another underlying condition, you may need diagnostic testing like X-rays or an upper endoscopy.
An H. pylori test is often necessary for diagnosing gastritis. This test involves blood or stool testing for the H. pylori bacteria to confirm the cause of your gastritis.
Once the root cause of your gastritis confirmed, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor creates a treatment plan to reduce pain and reduce active inflammation.
Treatment for gastritis may involve medications that reduce acid production or neutralize existing stomach acids. You may also need a course of antibiotics to kill H. pylori bacteria.
Changes to your diet and lifestyle can also reduce your risk of gastritis complications. You should avoid spicy and fried foods that can irritate your stomach lining. It can also help to eat smaller meals that are low in fat.
If you need a diagnostic evaluation for gastritis symptoms, call the Illinois Gastroenterology Group office nearest you or request an appointment online now.