By taking a full history, including past family history and social habits, your doctor will get a better picture what might be causing your abdominal cramping. Once the suspicion of erosive gastritis is made, several tests can be ordered to help support this diagnosis. They may include blood tests, stool culture, x-ray of the stomach and breath tests used to look for H. Pylori infection. Under serious circumstances, your doctor may find it necessary to obtain a biopsy of the stomach tissue. Treatment is typically based on the suspected diagnosis given and combined with a modification of your diet. Most treatment regimens are used to prevent the condition from getting worse by avoiding certain causative food items such as caffeine and alcohol, but also by managing the types of foods eaten, choosing foods that don’t aggravate the condition. It is generally recommended to avoid consuming whole grains, cereals, non-citrus fruits, green vegetables, and dairy products. You may also have to avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges, and pineapple. Chronic cases of erosive gastritis are treated with antibiotics and other medications that help relieve pressure on the stomach lining.
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