What is Helicobacter Pylori infection?

What Is Helicobacter Pylori Infection Safetynet Website

Helicobacter Pylori is a type of bacteria.

Infection with Helicobacter Pylori is common. Helicobacter Pylori bacteria are present in some 50% to 75% of the world’s population. It mostly occurs in children.

These germs can enter your body and live in your digestive tract. After many years, they can cause sores, called ulcers, in the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine. For some people, an infection can lead to stomach cancer.

Symptoms and signs:

  • Dull or burning pain in your stomach (often a few hours after eating and at night). Your pain may last minutes to hours and may come and go over several days to weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting (bloody vomit)
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Burping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark stools (from blood in your stool)

See your primary care doctor if you have any signs or symptoms. Your doctor may test and treat you.

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