Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Gastritis is a common digestive condition that occurs when the lining of your stomach is irritated and inflamed. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, the team of gastroenterology experts diagnoses and treats gastritis with customized treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and heal your stomach. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or schedule a consultation online today.

Gastritis Q & A

What is Gastritis?

Gastritis is the clinical term for inflammation of your stomach lining. You can have acute gastritis, which develops rapidly, or chronic gastritis that develops slowly and lasts for several weeks or months.

Gastritis causes many uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • A burning ache in your upper abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Eating could make your symptoms better or worse or you could feel uncomfortably full after eating just a small amount of food.

You should talk to a doctor about your symptoms if they last for longer than a week. Most benign cases of indigestion or stomach irritation get better on their own within seven days.

What Causes Gastritis?

Many conditions and factors contribute to gastritis:

  • Bacterial Infection: Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori) is one of the most common bacterial infections across the world. It’s a leading cause of gastritis, although not everyone is vulnerable to H. pylori infections. The bacteria spread through person-to-person contact or contaminated food or water.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: An autoimmune disorder could cause your immune system to attack your stomach lining. In addition to irritating your stomach, autoimmune gastritis can eat away at your stomach’s protective barrier and lead to ulcers. Your risk of autoimmune gastritis is higher if you have another autoimmune disorder like Type 1 diabetes or Hashimoto’s disease.
  • Overuse of Painkillers and Alcohol: Alcohol and over-the-counter pain relievers can irritate and even erode your stomach lining. Over time, your stomach loses its protective lining and your stomach acid can then burn your stomach and trigger inflammation.
  • Stress: If you’re under too much stress, it can decrease blood flow and oxygen to your stomach. When your stomach is deprived of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, it causes a range of problems, including inflammation and vulnerability to bacterial overgrowth.
  • Other Medical Conditions: You could have a higher risk of developing gastritis if you have another health condition like Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, or a parasitic infection.

How is Gastritis Treated?

The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers personalized treatments depending on the cause of your gastritis.

For example, if your exam reveals a bacterial infection, your provider can prescribe antibiotics to help your body fight off the infection. Your provider may also recommend dietary changes or acid-blocking medication to manage your symptoms and reduce stomach irritation. 

Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment of gastritis.