H. pylori (Helicobacter Pylori ) Infection
Table of Contents
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection facts
- What is Helicobacter pylori (stomach bacteria)?
- How does a person become infected with H. pylori?
- What are the symptoms of H. pylori infections?
- Is H. pylori contagious?
- Which specialties of doctors treat H. pylori infection?
- Is there a test to diagnose H. pylori infection?
- What medications treat and cure H. pylori infection?
- Is H. pylori infection easy to cure?
- Can natural treatments cure H. pylori infection?
- Is everyone with H. pylori infection treated?
- Can H. pylori infections be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for a person with H. pylori infection?
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,
- vomiting, and
- abdominal discomfort.
Often, these symptoms simply go away. However, those individuals who have more serious infection experience signs and symptoms of stomach and duodenal ulcers or severe gastritis which include:
- 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)
- Low red blood cell count due to bleeding
- Full feeling after consuming a small amount of food
- Decreased appetite that is more constant
Other symptoms may include:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
If a person has symptoms of black, tarry stools and fatigue they should immediate seek medical help or go to an emergency department to be evaluated for intestinal bleeding.