What is Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori)

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Helicobacter Pylori, the name itself strikes fear in the heart of those who have suffered from this bacterial infection, which is dangerous due to its asymptomatic nature in the vast majority of the cases.

Roughly 85% of people infected by the Helicobacter pylori bacterium never show any symptoms. However, extended exposure to the bacterium can also increase chances of stomach cancer and duodenal ulcers, which have their own range of symptoms and dangers. In cases that do manifest in symptoms that include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Belching
  • Stomach pain or gastritis

A 2D medical illustration of a stomach affected by Helicobacter pylori infection on a white background

The inflammation that this bacteria can cause may simply make digestive and gastrointestinal functions slightly less efficient, resulting in chronic stomach distress that may often go unnoticed and untreated.

Peptic ulcers are the most common avenue for diagnosis because once they are detected, the bacteria are also detected. At that point, more aggressive treatment can be taken to soothe chronic inflammation and eliminate the bacteria. Popular medications for this include antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors, but due to bacterial resistance and the unwanted side effects of such rapid and powerful pharmaceutical approaches, many people instead turn to natural remedies to rid themselves of Helicobacter pylori.

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Vanya is a passionate writer with interest in the field of health, nutrition, culture, and lifestyle. She wants to spread awareness about mental health and how to tackle it. Apart from work, she spends her time reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and sometimes just collecting her thoughts. One may often find her interacting with nature and its various aspects.

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