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Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can infect the stomach and intestines. It can lead to:
Treatment for H. pylori is done with antibiotics and other medication that relieves symptoms.
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This condition occurs when an infected person passes the bacteria to someone else. The bacteria are spread through:
Factors that increase your risk of h. pylori infection include being in:
In most cases, there are not any symptoms. However, if someone develops an ulcer or gastritis, symptoms may include:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may include:
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Your doctor may recommend:
To reduce your chances of getting h. pylori infection, take these steps:
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Last reviewed May 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 5/14/2013