Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Gastritis symptoms

2-minute read

Gastritis is when the stomach lining becomes inflamed. This can happen when something – such as certain bacteria or medicines – irritates the lining.

The irritation may also cause the stomach lining to erode (wear down) and become thinner.

Not everyone with gastritis will experience symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include:

  • a burning pain in your upper stomach area (such as in heartburn) – which may improve or worsen with eating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • bloating and burping.

While most gastritis symptoms aren’t serious, it’s especially important you see your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • gastritis symptoms that last more than a week
  • vomiting blood or black, tarry substance (dried blood)
  • blood in your stool (poo), or stool that is black.

These symptoms can suggest stomach ulcers or bleeding, or that there is another serious health underlying health condition. While rare, gastritis can also increase the risk of stomach cancer.

To confirm the cause of your symptoms, your doctor is likely to talk to you and examine you. Your doctor may also ask you to have some tests, such as blood tests, breath tests or stool tests.

Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist who is an expert in the digestive tract (gastroenterologist).

You may also be asked to have an endoscopy. An endoscopy involves inserting a flexible tube with a tiny camera down your throat into your upper digestive tract to have a look for signs of inflammation and ulcers. This is usually done with some sedation.

If you suspect you have gastritis – especially if the symptoms are lasting longer than a week or you suspect blood in your stool – see your doctor as soon as possible.


Mayo Clinic (Gastritis), RACGP (Helicobacter pylori eradication – an update on latest therapies), Medscape (Acute Gastritis Treatment and management), Medscape (Chronic gastritis overview)

Last reviewed: February 2017

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Heartburn -

Heartburn is a common form of indigestion caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux - reflux of stomach contents into the oesophagus (gullet).

Read more on myDr website

Heartburn in Pregnancy | myVMC

Heartburn is a symptom commonly experienced by pregnant women such that some women and obstetricians even consider it to be a normal occurrence in a healthy pregnancy.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Heartburn treatments -

Treatment forheartburn will depend on how often your heartburn occurs and how much it impacts on your life. Treatments includeantacids, medicines or surgery, as well as self-help measures.

Read more on myDr website

Indigestion - Better Health Channel

Food inside the stomach is only kept there by the force of gravity so to avoid heartburn, don't lie down after a big meal.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Indigestion -

Indigestion is a symptom involving pain in the stomach and sometimes heartburn or reflux, which may result from several medical conditions.

Read more on myDr website

Barretts oesophagus (Barrett's esophagus) information | myVMC

Barrett's oesophagus is a complication of heartburn in which the cells of the lower oesophagus are damaged from exposure to stomach acid.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Heartbrun (reflux, GORD, GERD) information video | myVMC

Heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disorder, GORD, GERD) is common and rarely serious. Heartburn symptoms are caused by acid reflux and include chest pain.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Zoton FasTabs (lansoprazole tablets) medicine information | myVMC

Zoton FasTabs (lansoprazole tablets) are used to treat peptic ulcers in adults, such as gastric or duodenal ulcer, as well as heartburn and stomach pain.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Hiatus hernia symptoms

Most hiatus hernias don't cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, the most common are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach acid into the mouth.

Read more on myDr website

Adenocarcinoma of the stomach (stomach cancer) information | myVMC

Adenocarcinoma of the stomach accounts for over 90% of stomach cancers and 3-10% of all cancer deaths. It affects glandular (adeno) cells.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo