It infects the stomach causing an increase in gastric acid and damaging the lining of the stomach- Helicobacter Pylori Infection

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Helicobacter pylori are a bacterial species that infects the stomach causing an increase in gastric acid and damaging the lining of the stomach. The infection may contribute to belching and bloating as the bacteria produces and metabolizes ammonia resulting in the release of carbon dioxide. It often causes peptic ulcers.

Diagnosis

It can be diagnosed with a series of tests using blood, breath and stool samples. A breath test is more reliable to indicate a current helicobacter pylori infection as the presence of urea in the expelled breath can indicate the presence of the bacteria. Stool sample is an antigen test to identify a current infection.

Biopsy of the gastric mucosa is one of the most effective methods to identify the infection but is always used as the last choice of testing due to the invasive procedure that has to be conducted in a suitable clinic or hospital.

Diet and Remedies

Essential oils must be used with caution and avoid using internally in its original distilled state. Garlic used in conjunction with omeprazole offer good remedy for the infection.

Treatment

Use of antibiotics: it is advisable to treat helicobacter pylori infection with antibiotics in combination with proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole because the proton pump inhibitors allow the gastric lining to heal while the antibiotics kill existing bacteria and prevent further growth of the bacterial population.

However, kindly know that antibiotics use may further aggravate the inflammation of the gastric lining and repeated courses may be required. Prolonged antibiotic use can also affect bowel movements and a suitable probiotic may be necessary.

 



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