Many have already formed the opinion that it is not necessary to treat this infection, because almost everyone has it and the most important thing is that it is impossible to get rid of it.
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So, H. pylori is the most common human infection: more than half of the inhabitants of the Earth are infected with this bacterium. The infection rate in Ukraine is high – about 80%. But this does not mean that it should not be treated, and that it can not be destroyed.
Helicobacter pylori – the most common bacterium
Helicobacter pylori infection is the main cause of chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer. The presence of bacteria in the body is a serious risk factor for the development of certain types of stomach cancer.
Ways of infection Helicobacter pylori
Helicobacter is easily transmitted in everyday life, through the dishes, personal care products, with a kiss. The bacterium is resistant to acidic environment, so it easily penetrates into the mucous membranes of the stomach, destroying its tissues. The mucosa becomes inflamed, gastritis develops and then ulcers.
However, most carriers of the infection have no unpleasant signs or symptoms, this is due to the presence of good resistance to the harmful effects of the bacteria.
Symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori
There are a number of symptoms that indicate the possibility of an H. pylori infection in the body.
Helicobacter pylori – symptoms Pain in the stomach after eating; Heartburn; Nausea and vomiting; Loss of appetite; Frequent belching; Flatulence and rumbling in the stomach; Unintentional weight loss.
Many skin problems – acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis can also be associated with the activity of Helicobacter pylori.
With these symptoms, as well as with suspected gastritis or ulcers, gastroenterologists prescribe H. pylori analysis.
Helicobacter pylori can cause cancer
Diagnosis of Helicobacter Pylori
There are several methods for the study of bacteria depending on the type of material intake (fecal / blood / air / tissue): PCR / ELISA / breath test / histology.
The latter technique – the study of tissue of the stomach, taken by the method of biopsy, shows a more complete picture of the disease, except for the presence of Helicobacter helps to identify diseases of cancer.
Treatment of Helicobacter Pylori
Depending on the test results and the severity of the disease, patients are prescribed an appropriate course of drug treatment.
Helicobacter pylori can only be destroyed with antibiotics. They can be prescribed only by a doctor after a complete diagnosis.
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