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anybody know about allergy due gastritis

By Anonymous February 24, 2010 - 12:25am
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my mother suffer with allergy, after 2 day she again troubled with generalized edema doctor say it is due to gastritis anybody know about this pls email to me

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question and welcome! We cannot personally email readers with help or suggestions but let's give it a try here - especially since other readers may chime in to help or we can help others in the same situation.

From our Encyclopedia, here is a little about gastritis and the many reasons it can happen :

Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. In some cases, gastritis can lead to ulcers in the lining of the stomach.

Acute gastritis comes on suddenly and lasts briefly.

Chronic gastritis is either longer lasting or recurrent.

Causes of gastritis include:

◦Drugs (such as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications [NSAIDs], as well as steroid drugs)
◦Severe illness, which can occur from:
■Liver or kidney disease
■Respiratory failure
■Head injury
◦Viral infection (for example, herpes or cytomegalovirus )
◦Bacterial infection, such as Helicobacter pylori
◦Fungal infection
◦Injury to the blood vessels that bring blood to the stomach
◦Excess production of stomach acid
◦Reflux of bile into the stomach, especially after surgery of the bile system
◦Crohn's disease
◦Atrophy of the lining of the stomach (atrophic gastritis), usually associated with older age
◦Pernicious anemia (causes autoimmune gastritis)
◦Radiation treatment
◦Swallowing caustic substances

Risk Factors
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

◦Age 60 and older
◦NSAID use
◦Heavy alcohol use
◦Pernicious anemia
◦Diseases of the lymph system
◦Severe illness, such as can occur with:
■Head injury
■Respiratory failure
■Kidney failure
■Liver failure

Treatment may include:

These include:

◦H 2 blockers
◦Proton pump inhibitors
◦Antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori infection

To help prevent gastritis:

◦Avoid alcohol
◦Do not smoke
◦Ask your doctor if any of the medications you are taking might be irritating your stomach. You might need to change medications or you might need to take another medication to coat and protect your stomach lining.
◦If you notice that certain foods (spicy foods, for example) are irritating, stop eating them. Some people feel better when they eat a bland diet.
For more reading, click here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/gastritis#definition

There does not seem to be a direct correlation between allergies and gastritis but that may be because it's simply not known yet.

One question I have for you is has she been tested for Celiac disease? This may explain your allergy suspicions.

February 24, 2010 - 2:32pm
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