August 29, 2015
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Helicobacter Pylori (cont.)

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What are the symptoms of H. pylori infections?

Most individuals infected with H. pylori have few or no symptoms. Some may experience a few episodes of gastritis like:

  • minor belching,
  • bloating,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • abdominal discomfort.

Often, these symptoms simply go away. However, those individuals who have a more serious infection exhibit symptoms of stomach and duodenal ulcers or gastritis which include the following:

  • abdominal pain and/or discomfort that usually does not wax and wane
  • nausea and vomiting sometimes with blood or coffee-ground like vomitus
  • dark or tar-like stools (black color of feces due to bleeding ulcers)
  • fatigue
  • low red blood cell count due to bleeding
  • full feeling after a small amount of food
  • decreased appetite that is more constant

Other symptoms may include:

  • diarrhea,
  • heartburn, and
  • bad breath (halitosis).

If a person has symptoms of black, tarry stools and fatigue they should seek medical help or go to an emergency department to be evaluated for intestinal bleeding.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/6/2015


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