What are the symptoms of gastritis?
Gastritis causes inflammation and swelling of the stomach lining that may result in a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.
Common symptoms of gastritis
You may experience gastritis symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times, any of these common symptoms can be severe:
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, gastritis can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
- Severe abdominal pain
- Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)
What is gastritis?
Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining resulting in abdominal pain, possible bleeding, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Gastritis can be acute, coming and going quickly, or chronic, in which case the disease can last months or even years. Gastritis can also be characterized as erosive, meaning that ... Read more about gastritis introduction
What causes gastritis?
The most common cause of gastritis is H pylori infection. Other causes include acid reflux, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), alcohol use, and tobacco use, all of which can irritate the lining of the stomach. Severe illness and radiation therapy can also cause gastritis.... Read more about gastritis causes