Signs & symptoms of helicobacter pylori bacterial infection

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Helicobacter Pylori infection (H. Pylori) is caused by a bacteria that is found in the stomach. The infection can lead to GERD, dyspepsia and ulcers in the small intestine. The symptoms may vary in individuals, and tests are needed to confirm any diagnosis.

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Gastritis

H. Pylori found in the mucous layer of the stomach causes nausea and bloating--a form of gastritis. The signs are more prominent after a meal and may be relieved by antacids.

Dyspepsia

A more severe infection may lead to dyspepsia. Some if its symptoms are vomiting and severe cramps in the stomach region.

Ulcers

H. Pylori infections may give rise to stomach and duodenal ulcers. These can be identified by a fiery burning sensation in the stomach after a meal followed by severe cramping pain.

Reflux Disease

Another symptom of the H. Pylori infection is heartburn and acidity in the stomach. Spicy and oily foods become hard to digest and commonly cause acidity, which may also cause reflux in patients.

Bad Breath

A rare but definite symptom may be bad breath without any gum disease being present combined with stomach acidity.

Bowel Dysfunction

In many individuals a common manifestation of the H. Pylori infection is unexplainable diarrhoea and/or constipation.

Chest or Abdominal Pain

Stomach disorders, gas and bloating may manifest as chest or abdominal pain. Many times, indigestion is taken as a heart problem. H. Pylori infections are a prominent reason for such mistakes as they cause symptoms similar to heart attacks, like tightness in the chest and abdominal region.

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