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Gastritis – Steps You Can Take To Prevent an Attack

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Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Weaknesses in the mucus-lined barrier that protects your stomach wall allow your digestive juices to damage and inflame your stomach lining. Gastritis can develop suddenly (acute gastritis) or gradually and last for an extended period (chronic gastritis).  A number of conditions can increase the risk of gastritis including bacterial infection, regular use of pain relievers, stress and old age among several others.  

Here are some tips on reducing your gastritis pain:

Eat smaller, more-frequent meals: If you experience frequent indigestion, try eating several small meals instead of three large ones whenever possible. Never go for long periods without eating. Always carry some Cream Crackers or Kurakkan Crackers in your bag so that you can snack wherever you are.

Avoid irritating food: Avoid food that irritates your stomach, especially those that are spicy, acidic, fried, fatty or refined. Instead increase your intake of ginger, chamomile tea and yoghurt which are known to reduce gastritis pain.

Know your medications:  If you must take a medication that ends up irritating your stomach, ask your doctor about taking an enteric form. Enteric pills have a special coating that allows them to pass un-dissolved directly from your stomach to your small intestine. In some instances this may help prevent gastritis symptoms.

Manage stress: Stress may make your gastritis symptoms worse. Stress may be hard to avoid, but you can learn to cope with it. If you have trouble relaxing, consider calming activities, such as meditation, yoga or tai chi.

Take an antacid that neutralizes stomach acid: Include an antacid in your drug regimen, upon the recommendation of your doctor. Antacids neutralize existing stomach acid and can provide rapid pain relief. However, side effects can include constipation or diarrhea, depending on the main ingredients.