Mild forms of acute gastritis can also heal spontaneously on their own in most cases. The use of medication can also prevent further injury to the gastric mucosa and promote healing. More severe gastritis must be treated with more specific methods.
Supporting spontaneous healing
There are a few ways that healing can be supported. For example, one should definitely check all medications taken and also over-the-counter remedies to see if they can damage the stomach lining.
As a first measure, everything that irritates the stomach lining can be avoided during the period of acute gastritis. Abstaining from coffee, alcohol and nicotine could considerably improve the healing process.
In addition, one could completely abstain from solid food for one or two days, or at least eat a light diet. Sufficient fluid intake can help the gastritis to subside more quickly.
Symptomatic treatment of accompanying symptoms
If, in addition to stomach pain, nausea and vomiting also occur, it is of course advisable to prevent this as much as possible. So-called antiemetics are available for this purpose, which curb the urge to vomit.
Non-prescription acid inhibitors
If the problem persists, you can think about taking so-called acid inhibitors, which are freely available in pharmacies. These curb the acidification in the stomach, which can relieve the symptoms. However, this should be done with moderation and purpose, as the acid in the stomach also has the purpose of protecting against infections. Active substances that neutralize stomach acid, indicate the stomach acid pH and improve acid-related complaints are also called antacids.
Eradication in case of a bacterial cause
If it can be determined that the acute gastritis was caused by bacteria, such as Helicobacter pylori, then it makes sense to perform a so-called eradication. This temporarily destroys all bacteria in the stomach.
H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors in severe cases
In severe cases of acute gastritis, H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors can also be considered. Both ensure that less acid is produced in the stomach, which naturally irritates the injured stomach lining and prevents healing. These drugs should be taken only after the exact clarification by a doctor.