What Is Involved in Stomach Inflammation Treatment?

Stomach inflammation can be painful, but doctors have treatments to help the condition.
The cells of the stomach lining deteriorate when the stomach is inflamed.
Doctors may recommend papaya for meals to help treat a patient's stomach inflammation.
Cocaine may cause stomach inflammation.
Many herbs and supplements have anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate pain.
There are numerous home remedies available to treat stomach inflammation.
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  • Last Modified Date: 06 December 2014
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Stomach inflammation, also known as gastritis, is described as inflammation of the stomach lining. This may be caused by certain bacteria or by overuse of painkillers, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Use of cocaine, overuse of alcohol, and radiation treatments may also cause this condition. Fortunately, there are a handful of stomach inflammation treatments available to help assuage digestive discomfort and calm the inflammation. Some of these treatments are concentrated chemical medications, while others are herbal or involve a change in diet. Doctors often prescribe several kinds of stomach inflammation treatment to help control the condition.

One of the first things many patients with gastritis take is an over-the-counter antacid. Sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, calcium carbonate, and magnesia may all be suggested by a doctor upon diagnosis. Many of these medications are available without a prescription, but severe cases of gastritis may require the doctor to prescribe a very strong antacid medication. In these cases, patients should not take a strong stomach inflammation treatment more often than recommended. Prescription antacids can cause stomach upset or worsen the condition they’re meant to treat if the patient does not take them properly.

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Histamine blockers and proton pump inhibitors may also be prescribed as part of a stomach inflammation treatment. These medications reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach. When the stomach lining is inflamed, the digestive acids that naturally occur there may exacerbate the condition. With less acid being produced in the stomach, the lining has a better chance of healing completely. One of the frustrating parts of gastritis is that the body works against itself. In other words, the stomach requires acids to work, but those very acids may cause gastritis in an irritated stomach.

Doctors may also recommend a number of home and herbal remedies as part of a stomach inflammation treatment. Dairy often irritates an already inflamed stomach, so those with this condition should typically avoid milk, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese during recovery. Drinking plenty of water may also help wash away the bacteria causing the condition and soothe irritation. Peppermint, licorice, and ginger are often recommended as a combination stomach inflammation treatment because they aid digestion and ease inflammation.

Goldenseal and marshmallow supplements may be prescribed as stomach inflammation treatments, along with vitamin E. Herbalists say that goldenseal kills the irritating bacteria, while marshmallow aids digestion, and the vitamin E helps the lining heal. Papaya and pineapple are also rich in acids that help the body produce digestive enzymes, which may help it break down food more easily. Doctors may recommend that these fruit supplements be taken with meals as one of a patient’s stomach inflammation treatments.

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anon339685
Post 2

Ouch. I've given myself gastritis twice by taking too man NSAIDs (ibuprofen). I've also sickened myself by eating too much licorice combined with Prilosec. Everything in moderation.

anon327653
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The cause is GMOs - Genetically modified foods. Anything made with or containing corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil, sugar beets have been altered & are not natural anymore. They add a virus, bacteria, foreign protein/gene to the plant. The process makes the plant an enemy to the body. It doesn't recognize it as natural anymore and creates inflammation. Read the labels of everything. It might say corn starch, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, soybean oil, vegetable oil, corn syrup, etc.

One of those offenders is likely in bread, cookies, corn chips, corn tortillas, cake, mayonnaise, salad dressing, Now the above mentioned crops are at 90 percent of all of them sold. It took some time to feel the pain, now everyone has stomach/bowel issues. No coincidence.

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