What is H. pylori?
H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori) is a bacterial infection in the stomach lining. Many people contract it during childhood and never know they have it. In some people (about 10% of people with the infection), the infection damages the lining of the stomach and small intestine, which can lead to peptic ulcers. The infection can also cause inflammation in the stomach lining (gastritis). Having an H. pylori infection is also a strong risk factor for stomach cancer. While the direct cause of the infection is unknown, evidence shows it can be spread through contaminated food or water sources, through saliva or fecal matter, and/or from person to person.
What are the Symptoms of an H. pylori Infection?
Common signs and symptoms of H. pylori include:
- An ache or burning pain in your abdomen
- Abdominal pain that’s worse when your stomach is empty
- Loss of appetite
- Frequent burping
- Unintentional weight loss
If your symptoms match those of an H. pylori infection, schedule an appointment with Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne. One of our providers will evaluate your condition and run tests to make a diagnosis. If we confirm you have an H. pylori infection, we will talk with you about the best possible treatments.
Concerning signs and symptoms of H. pylori:
- Severe or persistent abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bloody or black tarry stools
- Bloody or black vomit
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
How Do You Treat H. pylori?
Your provider at Digestive Health Associates will likely perform diagnostic tests, including breath and blood tests, to determine if you have an H. pylori infection. If the results are positive, we will treat your infection with a combination of antibiotics and acid-reducing medications. Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne will provide you with the best diagnosis and treatment options for an H. pylori infection. Contact us today.
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