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Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria

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Helicobacter pylori, aka H. pylori, is a bacterium of the gut that proliferates in the upper GI tract. It resides within the lining of the stomach and may cause inflammation and life-long infection if not treated properly.


Symptoms:

Symptoms may or may not be present, they include the following:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Pain in the Abdomen (*usually upper abdomen)

  • Bloating

  • Full sensation after eating small portions

  • Loss of appetite

  • Acid Reflux / GERD


Where does Helicobacter pylori come from?

H. pylori is a bit of a mystery... What we do know is most carriers of this bacteria have had it since childhood. Adult onset is rare. Whether it be from contaminated well waters, contact with another infected individual, fecal matter or unclean utensils and/or foods, the exact origin of this bacteria is not definitive. Most individuals who have carried it with them their entire lives without symptoms are maintaining a lifestyle and diet that has not yet caused the bacteria to proliferate and aggravate however, if positive, treatment is strongly encouraged to prevent further problems. If left untreated H. pylori may lead to anemia, indigestion (dyspepsia), ulcerations, inflammation (gastritis) and possible tumors of the stomach.


Prevention:

  • Follow good hygiene practices (wash hands before and after eating, drink from clean water sources, wash and cook foods properly).

  • Avoid well water, particularly when traveling


Treatment:

  • Treatment varies from individual to individual. As a general rule; you will be prescribed a few medications that you will need to take concurrently to eradicate the H. pylori bacteria properly. Be sure to follow directions advised by Dr. Mari, if you have any questions or concerns, contact our office immediately (203-755-2268).

  • AVOID ALCOHOL DURING TREATMENT

  • AVOID SUN EXPOSURE DURING TREATMENT

  • Once successfully eradicated, the likelihood of H. pylori returning is slim (0.5%-1.0%)




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H. Pylori Treatment Protocol (1)
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