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Helicobacter Pylori
(H. pylori)

What are the symptoms of H. pylori infections?

Most individuals infected with H. pylori have few or no symptoms. Some may experience a few symptoms from mild gastritis episodes, for example,

  • 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 severe gastritis which include the following:

  • abdominal pain and/or discomfort that usually does not wax and wane
  • nausea and vomiting sometimes with blood that is red or the color is like coffee grounds 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. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 10/20/2015
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