A mild irritation, inflammation, or infection of the stomach lining. It may be a sudden attack or chronic.
Persons most commonly affected:
All age groups and both genders.
Organ or part of body involved:
Symptoms and indications:
Abdominal cramping and pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, loss of appetite, belching or gas, and weakness. Bleeding that appears in vomit or turns the stool black.
Causes and risk factors:
May be caused by bacterial or viral infection (infection by a virus is contagious), excess stomach acid caused by heavy smoking, alcohol use, caffeine, improper diet such as spicy, greasy foods, use of drugs such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, cortisone and stress.
Eat regularly and moderately, stop smoking, and limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine. If possible avoid drugs that are irritating to your stomach. Avoid foods that you don\’t digest easily.