What is Gastritis?

Gastritis is a painful inflammation of the stomach lining. To digest the food you eat, your stomach makes strong acids and enzymes. A healthy stomach has built-in defences that protect its lining from damage by these acids and enzymes.  These acids and enzymes may damage the stomach lining when the built-in defences of the stomach don't function as they should, the stomach lining then becomes inflamed. When this occurs, it is called gastritis.

There are things you can do to help your stomach heal and keep gastritis from returning. Take your medications as directed, even if your stomach pain goes away. Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse. Also, avoid alcohol and tobacco, as well as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications. Learn ways to manage your stress better.

Symptoms of Gastritis are: