H. pylori is an intestinal bacteria that causes a number of gastrointestinal problems. Not only has H. pylori been shown to cause 80% of all stomach ulcer cases, it is also connected to a higher risk of gastric cancer. An estimated 50% of people have H. pylori, although most don’t know it.
The most common symptoms of H. pylori are associated with gastritis or peptic ulcer disease. These include abdominal pain such as a burning or gnawing feeling. The symptoms are often most severe on an empty stomach. Many people infected with H. pylori never show symptoms at all. People with a family history of H. pylori are at a higher risk.
The best way to determine if you or your loved ones are infected is a simple H. pylori breath test. The H. pylori breath test only takes 10 to 15 minutes in the office. You get same-day results and the procedure is covered by insurance. If you test positive for H. pylori, treatment is a course of antibiotics followed by a second breath test to ensure the bacteria has been destroyed.
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