Acidity and Gastritis - Are They The Same?
- 7 Months ago
Acidity, also termed as Acid reflux and closely related to GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux disorder), causes the backward flow of stomach acid and bile juice into the esophagus - the tube that connects the throat and stomach. During an episode of acid reflux, you may taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn).
Gastritis is the inflammation, irritation and erosion of the stomach lining. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic). If left untreated, it may lead to severe blood loss formation of ulcers, and may increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, excess bile reflux, infections and over use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs.