Prevent Gastritis, protect your stomach,
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How can gastritis be prevented?

People may be able to reduce their chances of getting gastritis by preventing H. pylori infection.

No one knows for sure how H. pylori infection spreads, so prevention is difficult. To help prevent infection, health care providers advise people to

• wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom and before eating

• eat food that has been washed well and cooked properly

• drink water from a clean, safe source

Eating, Diet, and Nutrition

Researchers have not found that eating, diet, and nutrition play a major role in causing or preventing gastritis.

Points to Remember

• Gastritis is a condition in which the stomach lining—known as the mucosa—is inflamed, or swollen.

• Common causes of gastritis include Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, damage to the stomach lining, and an autoimmune response.

• Some people who have gastritis have pain or discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen. However, many people with gastritis do not have any signs and symptoms.

• Erosive gastritis may cause ulcers or erosions in the stomach lining that can bleed. A person with any signs or symptoms of bleeding in the stomach should call or see a health care provider right away.

• A health care provider diagnoses gastritis based on a medical history, a physical exam, upper GI endoscopy, and other tests.

• Health care providers treat gastritis with medications to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach and treat the underlying cause.

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