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This week at the clinic, we have seen several complaints leading to a diagnosis of H Pylori. H Pylori is an infection of the stomach that will lead to stomach ulcers if left untreated. The exact cause is unknown. The infection can be spread from person to person by kissing or by using poorly cleansed utensils. Symptoms include stomach or epigastric pain, burning pain, heartburn, a rash, nausea, decreased appetite, and feeling full with just a few bites of food. One simple test, called the H Pylori breath test, can determine if you are actively infected. In this test, you ingest liquid and then blow into a collection bag. The test is simple enough and can be performed at many primary care clinics. The medication used to treat depends on the severity of the infection but is comprised of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors.
If you think you may have H Pylori, you should consult the healthcare provider who knows you best as this infection will lead to gastric ulcers, and in some cases, stomach cancer. Your healthcare provider may recommend additional blood tests, stool sample testing, and even an upper endoscopy to ascertain you have comprehensive treatment.