Stomach Ulcers & Gastritis
Stomach Pain Treatment in Beverly Hills
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining, while ulcers are open sores in the lining of the stomach – and sometimes in the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). While they are separate issues, the causes and symptoms of gastritis and ulcers are similar.
If you have further questions or concerns about stomach ulcers treatment, contact our gastroenterologist in Beverly Hills at (310) 657-4444.
Causes & Symptoms
Ulcers and gastritis are generally caused by over-consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – including aspirin and ibuprofen. They can also be caused by the presence of H. Pylori in the stomach.
Some symptoms include:
- Dull or burning pain in the upper part of the belly
- Loss of appetite
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Frequent burping
- Nausea with or without vomiting
What Is the Difference Between Stomach Ulcers and Gastritis?
Gastritis and stomach ulcers are conditions that affect the small intestine and the stomach. They share many symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, weight loss, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. There are also many differences between the two conditions. Both conditions cause inflammation in the stomach lining, but gastritis is general inflammation while an ulcer is a patch of inflamed stomach lining. Ulcers cause more severe, localized pain with the risk of cancer, bleeding, and stomach perforation.
What Is the Treatment for Gastritis?
Gastritis treatment will depend on the cause of the condition. If it was caused by anti-inflammatory drugs or alcohol, it can be relieved by stopping use of the substance. If medication is required to treat the condition, you may be prescribed antibiotics to kill H. pylori bacteria. You may also need an acid blocker to reduce acid production, proton pump inhibitors to promote healing, antacids to neutralize stomach acid, or a combination of these medications.
Diagnosis of gastritis and ulcers includes a full health history review – including lifestyle – and an upper endoscopy. Make an appointment with our Beverly Hills gastroenterologist today. Contact our office at (310) 657-4444.