Gastritis is any inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute gastritis), or gradually (chronic gastritis). It can be caused by excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, or the use of certain pain relievers. Gastritis isn't serious and improves quickly with treatment, though it can occasionally lead to ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer.
Most people experience occasional indigestion, and while Gastritis often has no other symptoms, you may experience:
- Burning ache or pain (indigestion) in your upper abdomen that becomes either worse or better with eating
- A feeling of fullness in your upper abdomen after eating
Antacids to neutralize stomach acid
Medication to reduce or block acid production
Medication to protect your stomach lining