H. Pylori, a Quiet Nuisance
H. Pylori is a bacteria known to cause numerous GI problems and it’s responsible for over 80% of stomach ulcers people experience.
H. Pylori is also associated with high risks of gastric cancer. The shocking fact is that nearly 50% of patients have H. Pylori in their bodies, even though in many cases they might not be aware.
H. Pylori and Gastritis
Gastritis and peptic ulcer disease both exhibit symptoms attributed to H. Pylori. Abdominal pain can often result. Symptoms can also increase in severity when patients go long periods without eating.
Again, H. Pylori symptoms might be faint or not appear at all. Many patients who have H. Pylori aren’t aware, even in cases where H. Pylori is present in the family’s history, which increases a person’s chances of contracting the bacteria.
How Does One Contract H. Pylori?
People can be infected with H. Pylori due to food consumption, water consumption, or the use of contaminated eating utensils. The bacteria can also be contracted through contact with saliva or bodily fluids from those who are infected. H. Pylori is more common in countries and communities that lack clean drinking water or proper sewage systems.
Scared yet? Don’t be. Because Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health provides simple breath tests that can help determine if you or someone you care about is infected with H. Pylori. We perform the test in-office (all it takes is about 10-15 minutes).
H. Pylori Treatment Options
Your H. Pylori test results can be seen the same day and the test is generally covered by insurance. If you have contracted H. Pylori, then we’ll prescribe antibiotics.
Our breath test can also be used to determine lactose and fructose intolerance, as well as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Contact Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health today if you need a breath test to see if you’ve contracted H. Pylori. Don’t wait to get the treatment your body needs. Call today to schedule your consultation.