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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is helicobacter pylori infection?

Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

Symptoms related to helicobacter pylori infection

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Heartburn; painful burning feeling in the chest or throat

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • History of stomach ulcer

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for helicobacter pylori infection

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose helicobacter pylori infection

  • Do you have discomfort (but not pain) around the upper part of your abdomen /stomach? Such as an upset tummy?

  • Do you have heartburn?

  • Do you have pain in the pit of the stomach (top middle of the abdomen)?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

Treatment for helicobacter pylori infection

Treatment regimens for H. Pylori usually involve taking antibiotics, medications to reduce stomach acid for 14 days which helps treat the infection and heal damaged tissues.

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