Treatment depends on the cause of the gastritis. Antacids or other medications to decrease or neutralize stomach acid will usually relieve the symptoms and promote healing. Stop taking any medications that cause gastritis. Gastritis may progress to a gastric ulcer, requiring additional treatment.
Gastritis due to stress is best treated by prevention. Medications to decrease gastric acid production, such as proton pump inhibitors, should be considered for stressed hospital patients.
Most gastritis improves rapidly with treatment.
A potential complication is a severe loss of blood.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if symptoms of gastritis persist longer than 2 or 3 days. Call your health care provider if you vomit blood or have bloody stools.
Upper abdominal pain , possibly made worse by eating
Loss of appetite
or coffee-ground like material
Many people with chronic gastritis have no symptoms of the condition.
Signs and tests
Complete blood count
(CBC) showing anemia
Stool guaiac test to check for blood in the stools
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