GASTRITIS

GASTRISTIS
GASTRISTIS
  • Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation or erosion of the lining of the stomach.
  • It is one of the commonest diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract.
  • It can occur suddenly or gradually.
  • It produces discomfort and complications, if left untreated.

TYPES

  • Acute Gastritis
  • Chronic Gastritis
  • Atrophic Gastritis
  • Eosinophilic Gastritis
  • Auto-immune Gastritis

CAUSES:

  • Foods – Spicy food, highly seasoned foods, foods rich in fats, unhygienic food stuffs
  • Stress
  • Excessive alcoholic use
  • Use of certain medications like pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Helicobacter pylori - Chronic
  • Bile reflux ( backflow flow of bile into the stomach )
  • Infections – caused by bacteria, virus
  • In association with other diseases, e.g. Crohn’s disease, parasitic infections.
  • MEDICAL DICTUM – Hurry, Worry and Curry

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Belching
  • Hiccups
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Presence of blood in the faeces
  • Burning sensation in upper abdomen and in chest

LABORATORY INVESTIGATIONS:

  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Complete Blood analysis
  • Screening test for Helicobacter pylori
  • Faecal occult blood test

WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR

We experience mild discomfort in the stomach now and then but it is necessary to consult a doctor in any one of the following conditions endures:

  • When the symptom persists for longer duration.
  • When the severity of the symptoms are intensified.
  • When it affects the daily routine.
  • When the vomits and faeces are mixed with blood and appear black.
  • When it causes significant weakness.
  • When the symptoms occur after the medication such as pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs.

HOMOEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT:

  • Homoeopathy has an excellent scope in the treatment of gastritis.
  • The art of case taking helps to elicit the probable cause of the disease and to understand the nature of the diseases well as the person (individualisation – physical, emotional and mental states) , which is the speciality of homoeopathy and makes it unique amongst other Medicinal Systems.
  • Helps to relieve the presenting symptoms. It improves the appetite and digestive process, thus keeping the person energetic and healthy.
  • Prevents the relapse without any side-effects.
  • Helps to reduce the severity of the disease and prevents its complications, which may sometimes prove to be fatal if unattended and ignored.

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