Popping painkillers can often give you gastritis, know what can make you prone to this stomach disease

Gastritis is a condition in which the inner lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. The protective layer of the stomach called the mucosa protects the stomach from acids and other bacterial components.

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New Delhi: You are ready for a busy day, job well done. You just finished your breakfast and now your stomach is killing you. You haven’t even eaten anything too spicy, too hot, or unclean. Also, it’s not anxiety, you’re in a zen state of mind – just calm.
So what could it be? That feeling of fullness, tenderness, nausea and/or pain or aches, the burning sensation as if something is burning in your belly. It could be gastritis.

Gastritis is a condition in which the inner lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. The protective layer of the stomach called the mucosa protects the stomach from acids and other bacterial components. This layer ignites when something damages or weakens it. A type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori is the most common bacterial cause of gastritis.

Gastritis can be of different types:

Erosive gastritis: This causes both inflammation and erosion of the stomach lining. This condition is also known as reactive gastritis.

Non-erosive gastritis: Inflammation of the stomach lining without erosion or damage to the stomach lining.

Causes of gastritis:

The main cause of gastritis is damage to the mucous layer of the stomach. There could be several factors that cause damage to the inner layer eventually causing gastritis.

  1. Excessive consumption of alcohol alcohol: Alcohol consumption can erode the lining of the stomach, which then exposes it to digestive juices and acids present in the stomach, causing acute gastritis.
  2. Indiscriminate use of painkillers: Analgesics can cause both acute and chronic gastritis. Regular use of these pain relievers reduces a key substance that helps preserve the protective lining of the stomach.
  3. Bacterial infection: Bacterial infection could be another cause of gastritis. The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is one of the main causes of gastritis and could also cause gastrointestinal disorders.
  4. Bile reflux: Bile is a digestive fluid that is released by the liver to aid in digestion. Bile reflux is a situation where fluid returns to the liver instead of the small intestine, thus causing gastritis.
  5. The body attacks its own cells: This is called autoimmune gastritis in which the body damages the cells that make up the inner lining of the stomach. This reaction can damage your stomach’s protective barrier. People with a autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes have high chances of autoimmune gastritis.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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