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Helicobacter Pylori

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection?

H. pylori bacteria infect the lining of the stomach and upper intestine. People are usually infected with the bacteria as children but do not have symptoms until they are adults.

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What are the signs and symptoms of an H. pylori infection?

Most people who are infected with H. pylori never have symptoms. If you do, your symptoms may come and go and last for minutes or hours. You may feel better for a short time after you eat food or take medicine. You may have any of the following:

How is an H. pylori infection diagnosed?

How is an H. pylori infection treated?

It is important to treat the infection. H. pylori may lead to changes in the cells of your esophagus or stomach. The cells are changed into intestine cells. This is a condition called intestinal metaplasia that increases your risk for cancer of the esophagus or stomach. The following may be used to treat an infection:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I prevent or manage an H. pylori infection?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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