Gastritis Specialist

Dan Wool, NMD -  - Naturopathic Physician & Gastrointestinal Specialist

Dan Wool, NMD

Naturopathic Physician & Gastrointestinal Specialist located in Tempe, AZ & Scottsdale, AZ

Most people opt for over-the-counter medications when they experience the stomach pain and nausea of gastritis. But if you have ongoing pain, it’s time to see Dan Wool, NMD, because you may have a chronic infection or another underlying problem that those medications won’t heal. Dr. Dan Wool carefully determines why you have gastritis, then provides individualized treatments that restore your whole body, prevent gastritis complications, and put you on the road to optimal wellness. To schedule a free in-person or telehealth consultation, call the office in Scottsdale or Tempe, Arizona, or use the online booking feature today.

Gastritis Q&A

What causes gastritis?

Gastritis occurs when the tissues lining your stomach, called the mucosa, become inflamed. You can develop a sudden case of gastritis (acute gastritis) that typically causes sharp pain but lasts a short time. Or your gastritis may develop gradually and last a lifetime (chronic gastritis).

Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, and food allergies can cause gastritis. Infections from a fungus, virus, or parasite may also lead to stomach inflammation. However, three of the most common causes include:

H. pylori gastritis

  1. pylori gastritis, the most common type, develops due to an infection with H. pylori bacteria. Without treatment, it can last a lifetime. This type of gastritis also causes peptic ulcers and increases your risk of developing stomach cancer.

Autoimmune gastritis

Autoimmune gastritis, which is also chronic, occurs when your immune system attacks the stomach's lining. You're more likely to have this type of gastritis if you have another autoimmune disorder.

Reactive gastritis

You can end up with gastritis when your stomach lining comes into contact with irritating substances over a prolonged time. A few irritant examples include alcohol, acidic beverages, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs represent the most common noninfectious cause of peptic ulcers, bleeding, and perforation of the stomach.

What symptoms occur if I have gastritis?

Chronic gastritis develops for years before causing symptoms. When symptoms appear, you experience one or more of the following:

  • Indigestion
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling full too soon during a meal
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

If your gastritis causes stomach ulcers, you may notice signs of bleeding, such as black, maroon, red, or tarry stools, feeling tired or light-headed, red blood in your vomit, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

What complications does gastritis cause?

In addition to peptic ulcers (erosions in the stomach wall) and a higher risk of stomach cancer, gastritis commonly causes deficiencies in vitamin B12 and iron. Both nutritional deficiencies cause anemia. 

How is gastritis treated?

Dr. Wool talks with you about your symptoms and medical history and runs extensive testing to diagnose the cause of your stomach pain. Then he develops a treatment plan that targets the underlying causes.

In some cases, your treatment may focus on an anti-inflammatory diet, nutritional supplements, peptide therapy, and herbal medications. However, naturopathic care encompasses a wide range of safe, gentle treatments that support your body’s ability to heal, ranging from probiotics and IV nutrition to hydrotherapy and acupuncture.

You can get long-lasting relief from gastritis when you seek help from Dr. Dan Wool. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking feature today.