Treating the symptoms of gastritis Treating the symptoms of gastritis

A burning sensation in the stomach or an upset stomach can be signs of simple gastritis or of a more severe condition. 

Before self-medicating or using home remedies, it is best to see a healthcare professional that can determine what treatment is best and what steps can be taken.

Simple gastritis, which is occasional and occurs from consuming foods or beverages that irritate the stomach, can be treated with some medications that your primary care physician can prescribe.

It is important to remember that if you are taking other medications, they should not be consumed on an empty stomach as they can irritate it even more (unless they are prescribed). It is also suggested to use painkillers that are mild on the stomach instead of more aggressive ones such as anti-inflammatories.

Antacids are a quick alternative to neutralizing stomach acid. Many people suggest drinking milk or other dairy products. While these may provide a sense of relief at first, they do not have a long-term effect and actually have an opposite effect, stimulating the production of more stomach acid.

Alcohol is another cause of gastritis, which is why the suggestion is to avoid it while waiting for symptoms to go away and to reduce the consumption of foods that irritate the stomach such as fats, spicy foods and acidic foods. Try eating more frequently, at least five meals a day. Stress is also an important factor that should be prevented or managed efficiently, as this is also one of the most common causes of this condition.