Know the basics
What is gastric antrum inflammation?
Gastric antrum inflammation or antral gastritis is an autoimmune problem that can cause a lot of discomfort. The word antrum refers to any hollow space in the body, such as the stomach. As the name suggests, this condition causes an inflammation to the lower part of the stomach. Any inflammation happening in this part can make
Mild antral gastritis is usually caused by an infection by bacteria or it could also be due to an injury. It is important for you to remember that if you do not treat this condition, it may spread to other areas and become chronic, therefore making it more difficult to treat.
How common is gastric antrum inflammation?
Although antral gastritis can influence any individual, it is more common for people over the age of 60 to be affected by this condition.
However, it can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
What are the symptoms of gastric antrum inflammation?
Often people who have this condition are not aware of the symptoms that accompany it. Because it doesn’t have any symptoms in the early stage, people will not notice if there is any issue to be addressed. Hence, most will discover they have gastritis only after accidentally visiting a doctor.
Some common signs and symptoms may include:
- Indigestion: This is the most common symptoms of gastric antrum hernia. As inflammation develops in the stomachs, the digestion process and also the process of the food getting emptied into the intestine will get affected. This can lead to a burning sensation that happens with indigestion to occur in the upper abdomen.
- Nausea: When any kind of inflammation occurs within the stomachs lining, the body will react by stimulating nausea sensation even if there is no food in the stomach. The feeling of nausea can range from a mild to severe and may cause vomiting.
- Bloating and flatulence: The process in which the food is emptied into the intestine is obstructed by the inflammation. Because of this, a little of the undigested food to come into the part of the digestive tract. Once it comes there, they can ferment and discharge gases that cause flatulence and bloating. This inflammation can also cause excess air to get built up in the stomach, prompting belching or burping.
- Loss of appetite: Because of these symptoms, loss of appetite will eventually appear. In rare cases, traces of blood may be present in the vomit.
- Changes in the stools: Although this symptom is not as prevalent as the other symptoms, a change in the stools has been known to happen with antral gastritis. The patients may find that their stool has become tarry and dark. This indicates that there is some bleeding happening in the digestive tract and medical attention should be sought immediately.
When should I see my doctor?
Early diagnosis and treatment can stop this condition from worsening and prevent another medical emergency, so talk to your doctor as soon as possible to prevent this serious condition.
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consulting with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
What causes gastric antrum inflammation?
Being aware of the antral gastric causes is important so the patients can take the necessary precautions to seek treatment.
Gastritis can be caused by many different medications, infections, chemicals, social habits, physical stress, and surgical conditions.
- Medications: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS (naproxen or ibuprofen), steroids, potassium supplements, iron tablets, and medications for cancer chemotherapy.
- Swallowing various objects or poisons
- Surgical and medical treatments: after medical procedures like endoscopy or an operation to take out a part of the stomach, after a treatment of radiation for cancer, autoimmune diseases, pernicious anemia, and chronic vomiting.
- Medical conditions: tuberculosis, syphilis, viral infections, fungal infections, parasites and worms, and bacterial infections.
- Stress and pregnancy: Some of the causes that contribute to gastritis are stress that causes a disturbance to the natural biological speed, nutritional conditions like unbalanced nutrition, irregular nutrition, eating poor quality food, drinking a lot of strong liquor, smoking, abusing dishes that contain emulsifiers in products and preservatives. Up to 75% of pregnant women get this condition.
What increases my risk for gastric antrum inflammation?
You may have higher risks for this condition if you:
- Drink too much alcohol
- Smoke tobacco
- Are over 60 years old
Diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is gastric antrum inflammation diagnosed?
The doctor will be able to check if you have antral gastritis by asking out your medical history, checking your symptoms, and some tests will be also recommended by your doctor such as blood tests and doing an endoscopy.
How is gastric antrum inflammation treated?
Before selecting a treatment, it is important to understand the root cause of the condition.
For instance, if a bacterial infection is causing the antral gastritis, the infection may be treated by the doctor with antibiotics to prevent the disease from recurring. The doctor may also prescribe antacids to bring down the symptoms till the bacteria no longer causes the inflammation.
If the hernia causes discomfort, over-the-counter and prescription medications that reduce stomach acid can relieve your discomfort and improve symptoms. These include antacids, H-2 receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors.
Most hernias are not immediately life threatening, but they don’t go away on their own and can require surgery.
While there is no such antral gastritis cure, it is essential that you maintain a proper diet along with the treatment suggested by the doctor to bring relief.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage gastric antrum inflammation?
One of the most important antral gastritis remedies is to develop good eating habits. To reduce the risks of antral gastritis you should follow these steps:
- Eat smaller, more-frequent meals.
- Avoid irritating foods, especially those that are spicy, acidic, fried or fatty.
- Consume foods that are light and avoid high fat foods like fried foods, butter, and fatty meats.
- Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables like dates, eggplant, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Consider switching pain relievers.
- Manage stress by doing yoga or meditation.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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