Helicobacter Pylori (cont.)
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) facts
- What is Helicobacter pylori?
- What does H. pylori cause in humans?
- What are the symptoms of H. pylori infections?
- Is H. pylori contagious?
- How is H. pylori infection diagnosed?
- Why treat H. pylori?
- What is the treatment for H. pylori?
- Who should receive treatment for H. pylori?
- Can H. pylori infections be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for H. pylori infections?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
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,
- 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)
- 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:
- 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.
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