Over the years, H. pylori have become a widespread bacterium that grows and thrives in the human digestive tract and compromises the stomach lining. It is shaped like a spiral and buries itself into the mucus layer that lines the stomach.
The bacteria is thought to be passed on from one person to another, for example, saliva or faecal matter. H. pylori may also be ingested from drinking contaminated food or eating contaminated food.
Symptoms that can be experienced are, aching or burning pain in your upper stomach that can worsen when your stomach is empty. Feeling sick, burping after food, not feeling hungry, bloated tummy, especially after eating, tiredness, or lack of energy. You may notice you lose weight or feel feverish. Also, develop an eating disorder. Often there are no symptoms associated with the infection.
Your doctor will offer you a combination of two antibiotics, together with medication to reduce the stomach acid. Reducing stomach acid assists the two antibiotics to work efficiently. Triple therapy can be made up of the following medications:
Two antibiotics together with proton-pump inhibitors (PPI stomach acid reducer) such as lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium), pantoprazole (Protonix), or rabeprazole (AcipHex) for 7 to 14 days
Treatment on these medication needs to be at least 14 days for people with severe symptoms lasting longer than a few weeks. Your doctor will discuss this with you, together with your past history of symptoms. A follow-up test for h. pylori is recommended 6-8 weeks after Triple Therapy Treatment has finished. The T.T. treatments are not always successful and can result in people feeling worse. There is extensive research being carried out that could help doctors have a better understanding of not only h.pylori but many other bacteria that cause gut problems, but the information is not getting to our G.P.'s.
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