Stomach care : Dealing with gastric disorders

Dr Daniel Kakaire, a general practitioner at AAR Health Services at Eco Plaza, defines gastric disorder as pain or discomfort that occurs in the region between the rib cage and naval. Gastric-related conditions result from too much consumption of alcohol, eating hot food, intestinal obstruction and inflammation in the gallbladder.

Dr Kakaire says the intensity of a gastric illness depends on the body part that is affected. “Chronic gastric condition is when pain persists for more than 24 hours. This may result from irritable bowel syndrome. Gastritis happens when the stomach is inflamed by alcohol, hot food or tea,” he explains.

He adds: “When a person feels pain on the right hand side of the body, it could be a problem related to the gallbladder, bile duct or liver.”

Some gastric disorders also result from physical and mental stress, and taking medicines such as diclofenac and aspirin.

Dr Kakaire says a person who has gastric disorder experiences burning pain in the stomach, bloating, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

Home remedies
Home remedies can be used to treat gastric
•Dr Kakaire says baking soda can be used to control bloating, which is a symptom of a gastric disorder.
•Drinking lemon juice in warm water: This helps to relieve abdominal pain.
•Use of anti-acid medication such as magnesium can help to treat bloating and burning pain in the stomach.

Dr Kakaire aises people against drinking water while eating. “It is recommended that a person drinks water at least 15 minutes after eating food,” he says. “After eating, a person should not lie down immediately as this may cause acid reflux,” he says.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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