First Aid for Gastric Problems

Last updated Aug. 28, 2017

What is Gastric Problems?

  • Gastric Problems may be described as the pain, discomfort, and uneasiness in the stomach, caused by stomach acids, experienced in the esophagus (food-pipe). These are generally more common in individuals with diabetes and pregnant women
  • Also, individuals with disorders affecting the internal organs, such as the liver and pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, and gastrointestinal tract, are higher prone to gastric discomfort and pain

What are the Causes of Gastric Problems?

The cause of Gastric Problems may include the following:

  • Consumption of spicy or fatty food
  • Eating too fast
  • Inadequate fluid intake
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Stress
  • Use of drugs such as aspirin, corticosteroids, beta-blockers, etc.
  • Medical conditions affecting the stomach, intestine, and other abdominal organs

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Gastric Problems?

The signs and symptoms of Gastric Problems may include:

  • Pain in the stomach; regular pain
  • Indigestion
  • Passing of gas that may be mild or excessive
  • Bloating of stomach
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Burning sensation in stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite

How is First Aid administered for Gastric Problems?

First Aid tips for Gastric Problems:

  • Replenish body fluids
  • Do NOT take antidiarrheal drugs or laxatives or pain medication, unless specified by a medical professional
  • Taking antacids may help, per recommendation of a healthcare professional
  • If prone to frequent heartburns, seek medical help
  • Taking meals that are not spicy regularly, can relieve ulcer pains
  • Call 911 (or your local emergency number), if there is blood in stool, urine, or vomit

Who should administer First Aid for Gastric Problems?

  • The individual with Gastric Problems or someone nearby may administer first aid
  • Seek medical help, if conditions persist or continue to worsen

What is the Prognosis of Gastric Problems?

The prognosis of an individual with a Gastric Problem is dependent on the underlying cause of the stomach condition, but is usually good in a majority of cases.

How can Gastric Problems be Prevented?

Gastric Problems can be prevented by:

  • Avoiding fatty, greasy, or spicy foods
  • Hydrating oneself well and regularly, while eating
  • Avoiding eating too heavily before bedtime
  • Avoiding binge or extreme eating
  • By trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle; avoiding alcohol, smoking, and including exercise into one’s regimen

What are certain Crucial Steps to be followed?

  • Hydrate oneself
  • Monitor frequency and severity of Gastric Problems and seek the advice of a healthcare expert, if needed

What are some Useful Resources for Additional Information?

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
4900 B South, 31st St. Arlington, VA 22206
Phone: (703) 820-7400
Fax: (703) 931-4520
Website: http://www.acg.gi.org

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
4930 Del Ray Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 654-2055
Fax: (301) 652-3890
Email: member@gastro.org
Website: http://www.gastro.org

References and Information Sources used for the Article:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002658.htm (accessed on 06/20/2017)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/stomachdisorders.html (accessed on 06/20/2017)

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-complications/gastric-problems-and-diabetes.html (accessed on 06/20/2017)

http://www.healthdummy.org/24/symptoms-of-gastric-problems.html (accessed on 06/20/2017)

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First uploaded: Aug. 28, 2017
Last updated: Aug. 28, 2017

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