Gastritis: When to seek medical help?

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May 29, 2012

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Gastritis is a very common condition, which affects the stomach. Most people improve quickly after the cause is diagnosed and treatment is started, however, in some, it can cause repeated flare-up of symptoms and in others, the symptoms may be severe.

Consult a doctor if you have one or more of the following condition:

  • You have new symptoms such as nausea or recurrent upset stomach, sensation of abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, vomiting, recurrent indigestion, loss of appetite, excessive gas or flatulence (and these last for more than a few days or are severe).
  • Symptoms of gastritis worsen despite self care (such as taking medication such as antacids, ranitidine and avoiding precipitating factors such as NSAIDs and alcohol).
  • Symptoms do not improve or worsen or new symptoms develop even when you are taking your recommended medications.

Consult a doctor immediately for gastritis if you have any of the following symptoms.

  • Recurrent vomiting (which does not allow you to retain food, fluids and medications).
  • Fever with abdominal pain.
  • Severe abdominal pain.
  • Fainting or feeling dizzy.
  • Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath.
  • Unexplained sweating.
  • Pallor.
  • Chest pain.
  • Black, tarry stools.
  • Vomiting blood (even if minimal) or coffee ground-like material.

Who to consult

Some health professionals, who can be consulted for your symptoms include:

  • general physicians,
  • family doctor,
  • gastroenterologist (doctor who specialises in diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to gastrointestinal system),
  • physician assistants and
  • internists.




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