Gastritis Specialist

Janet Sanchez, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Janet Sanchez, MD

Internal Medicine located in Elmhurst, NY

Unexplained abdominal pain could be a symptom of gastritis, a condition characterized by inflammation or erosion of the stomach lining. As an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Janet Sanchez is experienced in treating patients with gastritis and other inflammatory conditions at her office in Elmhurst, New York. Find the relief you’re looking for today: Call for an appointment today.

Gatritis Q & A

What causes gastritis?

Gastritis occurs when the lining of your stomach becomes inflamed. Numerous factors can cause this, including excessive alcohol consumption, stress, immune conditions, infection, or changes in the bacteria of your gut.

There are three different types of gastritis:

  • Type A: caused by an autoimmune response in which your immune system destroys cells in your stomach
  • Type B: caused by Helicobacter pylori, a specific bacteria that can also cause ulcers or stomach cancer
  • Type C: caused by the chemicals in alcohol or certain medications

Your risk of developing gastritis might increase if your diet is high in fat or salt. Smokers are also more likely to develop the condition.

Gastritis can be acute or chronic, but once Dr. Sanchez diagnoses you, you will have to monitor the health of your stomach for a long time.

What are the symptoms of gastritis?

Gastritis symptoms vary from one person to the next. You might experience:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Black stools

Gastritis can also cause more severe symptoms like vomiting blood or a substance that looks like coffee grounds. If this happens, call Dr. Sanchez right away.

What is the treatment for gastritis?

To properly treat gastritis, Dr. Sanchez assesses your symptoms to determine the cause. She might order a series of tests to check for the presence of bacteria or cancer. The goal is to treat the underlying cause, not just manage your symptoms.

While gastritis may take a while to heal completely, there are many ways you can support yourself during this process. For example, avoiding medications, substances, or foods that may be aggravating your condition, such as alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, or acidic foods. You might also benefit from eating more fiber-rich foods.

Dr. Sanchez might also prescribe medications or a customized diet plan to help you feel better quickly and reduce inflammation in your stomach. With the right treatment, you can heal from gastritis and eliminate painful symptoms.

To make an appointment with Dr. Sanchez, call today.