Helicobacter Pylori


H Pylori Symptoms

Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori) is a chronic infection of the stomach usually acquired in childhood.  It is found in approximately 50% of the world’s population.  Most people have no symptoms, but in some it causes pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting or ulcers.


What are the symptoms of H Pylori?

More often than not, most people with an H. Pylori infection will never show any signs or symptoms. The reason for this is unclear and may just come down to the fact that some people are born with greater resistance to the harmful effects of a H. Pylori infection. However, if a person does show signs or symptoms of a H. Pylori infection, they may include:

  • An ache or burning pain in the abdomen. For some, this pain will be worse when your stomach is empty. This may be caused by a stomach ulcer that has formed due to the H. Pylori, or irritation of the stomach (gastritis).
  • Nausea or loss of appetite This can lead to unintentional weight loss, as H. Pylori can alter levels of ghrelin, which is a predominant hormone controlling hunger and satiation.
  • Frequent burping or bloating

These symptoms can become more severe. It is important to seek a medical professional immediately you have:

  • Severe or persistent abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Bloody or black tarry stools
  • Bloody or black vomit that may resemble coffee grounds

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