Gastritis, Adult

ExitCare ImageGastritis is soreness and puffiness (inflammation) of the lining of the stomach. If you do not get help, gastritis can cause bleeding and sores (ulcers) in the stomach.


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • If you were given antibiotic medicines, take them as told. Finish the medicines even if you start to feel better.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Avoid foods and drinks that make your problems worse. Foods you may want to avoid include:

  • Caffeine or alcohol.

  • Chocolate.

  • Mint.

  • Garlic and onions.

  • Spicy foods.

  • Citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons, or limes.

  • Food containing tomatoes, including sauce, chili, salsa, and pizza.

  • Fried and fatty foods.

  • Eat small meals throughout the day instead of large meals.


  • You have black or dark red poop (stools).

  • You throw up (vomit) blood. It may look like coffee grounds.

  • You cannot keep fluids down.

  • Your belly (abdominal) pain gets worse.

  • You have a fever.

  • You do not feel better after 1 week.

  • You have any other questions or concerns.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.