Board-certified specialist pinpoints the source of your gastritis for effective treatments in Brooklyn NY
Atlantic Gastroenterology relieves the aching, burning pain of gastritis and helps to prevent ulcers and serious complications by treating inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis treatments in Brooklyn NY start with board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Alexander Shapsis determining the cause of your symptoms.
Gastritis, often secondary to other conditions
Following a thorough medical evaluation and, potentially, additional tests such as an X-ray or endoscopy to detect inflammation, Dr. Shapsis may implicate one or a mix of the below conditions and factors in your gastritis:
Bacterium – Infections by bacteria like H. pylori are associated with gastritis and ulcers. Patients with the infection may have a genetic propensity or additional lifestyle factors such as smoking that make them vulnerable to gastritis.
Pain relievers – Using aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen regularly or in excess can erode your body’s natural ability to protect the stomach lining.
Alcohol – Excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages can make your stomach susceptible to damage from digestive juices, as these drinks irritate the stomach lining.
Stress – Traumatic events may affect the ability of your body to protect itself; for instance, major surgical procedures, and serious burns, injuries, and infections.
Other medical conditions – Autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s disease are linked to a type of gastritis whereby your body attacks the cells in your stomach lining, which wears away at the stomach’s protective barrier.
Dr. Shapsis’ recommended treatment addresses the specific cause of your gastritis symptoms. You may get lasting relief by:
- Discontinuing pain relievers linked to gastritis.
- Taking other pain relievers that aren’t associated with an increased risk of gastritis instead.
- Using medications to kill H. pylori or other bacteria, as well as drugs or products to block acid production, promote healing, or neutralize stomach acids.
- Embracing a healthy lifestyle! Eating smaller (more frequent) meals throughout the day and avoiding the drinks and foods linked to stomach irritation: alcohol and spicy, fried, fatty, or acidic foods.
Acute or chronic gastritis can negatively affect the quality of your life. Likewise, this group of illnesses can put you at an increased risk of stomach ulcers, GI bleeding, and stomach cancers. Don’t wait to get relief and resolve your symptoms with diagnostics and treatments that you can trust. Call 718 521-2840 to schedule your appointment at one of Atlantic Gastroenterology’s two convenient locations in Brooklyn.
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