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When your stomach lining is irritated by bacteria or something you ate or drank, it may swell up (become inflamed) and cause discomfort in your stomach; this reaction is commonly known as gastritis. Gastritis can develop quickly (acute gastritis) or gradually and last for a long time (chronic gastritis).

There are different types of gastritis. In some cases, gastritis can lead to ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer. With treatment, however, you can improve quickly and avoid the risk of complications.

The most common symptoms of gastritis include:

  • Belching and hiccups
  • Belly or abdominal bleeding
  • Blood in your vomit or stool (a sign that your stomach lining may be bleeding)
  • Feeling of fullness or burning in your stomach
  • Gnawing or burning ache or pain in your upper belly that may become either worse or better with eating
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting

Why Choose UHealth?

A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.  Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy.

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Treatments

  • Medications

    If your gastritis is caused by an illness or infection, we will also treat that underlying health problem. If your gastritis is caused by the H. pylori bacteria, you will be given medicines to help kill that bacteria, such as antibiotics, antidiarrheal medications, or a proton pump inhibitor (reduces the amount of acid in your stomach).

  • Diet Modification

    You may need to avoid eating or drinking things that can irritate your stomach lining, including alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.

     

     

Tests

  • Blood Test

    This can detect H. pylori, a type of bacteria that may be in your stomach.

  • Upper GI Series

    This test checks your esophagus, stomach and the first part of your small intestine. You will swallow a metallic fluid called barium to make your organs visible on an X-ray.

  • Upper Endoscopy or EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)

    This test looks at the lining or inside of your esophagus, stomach, and your small intestine using a thin, lighted tube that has a camera at one end. We place the tube into your esophagus through your mouth.

  • Stool Spectrum Check

    This test checks to see if you have stomach bacteria that can cause gastritis.

  • Breath Test

    This test analyzes your breath for stomach bacteria.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.