Gastritis/acidity is a group of diseases or symptoms where there is excess secretion of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach.

If you have upper abdominal discomfort or pain, stomach fullness, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, belching, waterbrash or irregular bowel movement, then you must be suffering from acidity or gastritis. It is a problem which becomes worse when an individual has poor eating habits and improper lifestyle.

Types of Gastritis

  • The symptoms of gastritis can come on suddenly and last for a short time. This is called acute gastritis. Others have chronic gastritis, which means symptoms persist for months or even years.
  • Gastritis can also be categorized as erosive or non-erosive based on how severely injured the mucosal lining of the stomach is.
  • Erosive gastritis is more severe than non-erosive gastritis, as it wears away the stomach lining, leading to the formation of sores called erosions. If left untreated, these sores can penetrate deeper into the stomach mucosa and form painful ulcers.
  • With non-erosive gastritis, the stomach lining is changed as a result of the underlying inflammation; however, there is no wearing away of the lining, so no erosions or ulcers develop.