Typical for a gastritis are abdominal discomfort such as bloating or pain in the upper abdomen. The patients have no appetite, they are often sick. Gastritis can be acute or chronic. Often a gentle treatment of the stomach improves the symptoms, in more severe or chronic cases medication helps. Read here how to detect gastritis and what you can do.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. K29K52

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  • Quick Overview
  • symptoms
  • causes
  • therapy
  • diagnosis
  • forecast

Quick Overview

  • symptoms: Bloating, upper abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, heartburn, belching, less digestive problems
  • Causes: irritant substances (e.g., alcohol, drugs), stress, gastric Helicobacter pylori, autoimmune reactions
  • Treatment: Light food, acid binder, proton pump inhibitor, relaxation exercises
  • Nutrition: Light food, no alcohol and hot spices, stew instead of frying
  • Hazards: Danger of bleeding ulcers, long-term increased risk of gastric cancer
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Gastritis: symptoms

Gastritis can cause various nonspecific complaints. The main symptoms are typical for both acute and chronic gastritis. However, they occur suddenly in the acute form, while a chronic gastritis develops slowly.

Common symptoms of gastritis are:

  • bloating
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • decreased appetite
  • nausea
  • Vomit
  • heartburn
  • burping
  • halitosis

Rarer are:

  • bloating
  • fierce taste in the mouth
  • early onset of satiety
  • back pain
  • diarrhea
  • "Medicines can make you vulnerable"

    Three questions

    Dr. med. Peter Strauven,
    Specialist in general and nutritional medicine
  • 1

    Who is particularly susceptible to gastritis?

    Dr. med. Peter Strauven

    These are, for example, people who drink a lot of alcohol. But there are also medications that make you vulnerable. These include blood thinners, acetylsalicylic acid or analgesics such as ibuprofen and diclofenac. They attack the gastric mucosa as a side effect. Last but not least, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori can also cause gastritis.

  • 2

    How long do I have to spare my stomach during gastritis?

    Dr. med. Peter Strauven

    If there is a clear gastritis, take an acid blocker for at least three weeks. The gastric mucosa can regenerate in this way. In mild cases also base preparations help. Either way: They support recovery with smoking and alcohol abstinence and stress prevention. Anyone who is free of complaints should continue to pay attention to keeping their stress levels within limits.

  • 3

    Can I prevent gastritis?

    Dr. med. Peter Strauven

    In no case take preventive acid blockers! This inhibits u. a. the digestive power: the stomach needs acid for digestion. Basically, keep your stomach fit with a harmonious life. That means: A regular daily routine, sports, alcohol in moderation, if possible, not smoking and enough sleep. And: "Well chewed, half digested" - eat three times a day in peace, without haste and not standing up.

  • Dr. med. Peter Strauven,
    Specialist in general and nutritional medicine

    Dr. med. Peter Strauven - Specialist in General and Nutritional Medicine and MSc in Preventive Medicine - leads a holistic private practice in Bonn with, among other things, the treatment focus on gastrointestinal diseases.

Symptoms of Chronic Gastritis

In chronic gastritis, one distinguishes, depending on the causes, the types A, B and C and various special forms.

Symptoms of Type A Gastritis

Type A gastritis produces less stomach acid. This can cause indigestion. In addition, this form of gastritis results in a vitamin B12 deficiency, which causes a so-called pernicious anemia, a special form of anemia. Symptoms include abnormal sensation, tiredness and fatigue.