How To Know If I Have Helicobacter Pylori?

- Jun 23, 2020-

How to know if I have H.pylori infection?

We share our bodies with many other organisms, and one that many people are carrying, often without realizing it, is a bacteria called H.pylori or Helicobacter pylori. This parasite lives in the stomach and can cause a number of digestive issues and possibly more. However, many people also carry it without experiencing symptoms.

H. pylori is spiral-shaped and typically lives in the stomach lining,  Its symptoms include indigestion such as burning pain or discomfort(usually in the upper abdomen), burping or bloating, nausea, vomiting, or feeling full after eating a small amount of food.

Here are some things to know if you think you could have H. pylori, according to experts.

●In the developing world, almost everyone gets H. pylori during childhood, though it tapers off as people get older.For whatever reason — potentially due to better hygiene — it's the opposite in the U.S., with H. pylori less common in childhood and about half of people carrying it at age 60. So, the chances of getting it at some point in your life are pretty high.

●H Pylori can cause symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, burping, and in severe cases, stomach ulcers or stomach cancer, If you're experiencing these kinds of symptoms, you can get evaluated for H. pylori via a stool test, colonoscopy, breath test, or blood test. Typically, it'll be treated with antibiotics and bismuth.

●Research is beginning to come out on the gut-brain axis  —the connection between digestive health and mental health.

If you have symptoms associated with H. pylori, ask your doctor about testing. If not, don't sweat it; even if it's taken up residence in your stomach, it won't necessarily cause problems as long as your gut is healthy.