Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining, and ulcers are open sores in the lining of the stomach – and sometimes in the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). While they are separate issues, the causes and symptoms of gastritis and ulcers are similar.
Ulcers and gastritis are generally caused by overconsumption of alcohol, tobacco or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – including aspirin and ibuprofen. They can also be caused by the presence of H. Pylori in the stomach.
Diagnosis includes a full health history review – including lifestyle – and an upper endoscopy.
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