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?
Quick GuideDigestive Disorders: Common Misconceptions
What is Helicobacter pylori (stomach bacteria)?
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori or, as it is sometimes termed, stomach bacteria) is a spiral shaped bacterium that can cause chronic inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach (gastritis) and in duodenum in humans. This bacterium also is considered a common cause of ulcers worldwide; as many as 90% of people with ulcers are infected with H. pylori. However, many people have these organisms residing in (colonizing) their stomach and upper digestive tract and have few or no symptoms.
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