H. pylori is a common type of bacteria that usually infects the stomach. have a tendency to attack the stomach lining. H. pylori infections are usually harmless, but they’re responsible for the majority of ulcers in the stomach and small intestine. Between 10% and 20% of people with H.Pylori develop stomach ulcers and in a small number of cases, it can lead to stomach cancer. The bacteria live in the stomach lining and people of all ages can be infected. It is believe that around 40% of people living in the UK have H.Pylori.
If you have persistent indigestion or other gastric problems, it may be worth checking for H.Pylori.
Common symptoms of H.Pylori infection include:
- excessive burping
- feeling bloated
- nausea or vomiting
- lack of appetite, or anorexia
- unexplained weight loss
- foul breath
Why have an H.Pylori test?
H.Pylori test checks for the antibodies body has created for H.Pylori bacteria if any.
About H.Pylori: http://www.bsg.org.uk/patients/general/helicobacter-pylori.html