Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori)
Table of Contents
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) facts
- What is Helicobacter pylori (stomach bacteria)?
- Does H. pylori cause a stomach infection in humans?
- What are the symptoms of H. pylori infections?
- Is H. pylori contagious?
- How is H. pylori infection diagnosed?
- Why treat H. pylori?
- What is the treatment for H. pylori?
- Who should receive treatment for H. pylori?
- Can H. pylori infections be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for H. pylori infections?
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 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)
- 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:
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