What is H. Pylori?
H. pylori is an infection of the stomach from a bacteria, which is referred to as Helicobacter pylori. It is a contagious bacteria that is transmitted through direct contact. Agents that carry the infection include saliva, fecal matter, and vomit. The infection can also be spread through contaminated food or water.
H. pylori is a problem that generally occurs during childhood. A large portion of affected individuals are unaware that they are experiencing the problem. Peptic ulcers can be caused by the presence of H. pylori. Patients with peptic ulcers are frequently screened and tested for H. pylori.
The symptoms of an H. pylori infection include:
- A burning sensation located in the abdomen
- Bloating in the stomach area
- Nausea and frequent vomiting
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Frequent burping during or after meals
If your body experiences persistent abdominal pain, swallowing difficulties, or constant vomiting, you must request prompt medical attention. A gastroenterologist is recommended if peptic ulcers have been diagnosed.
At Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group, we offer complete examinations and testing procedures to determine the exact cause of the problem and provide the most relevant solutions.