Gastritis, Adult

Gastritis 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.

HOME CARE

  • 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.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • 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.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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