Helicobacter pylori: a bacterium troubles the stomach.

The stomach germ Helicobacter pylori can be responsible for a lot of unpleasant illnesses: bloated stomach, belching, nausea, abdominal pain, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hyperacidity and chronic inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) are some of them.

Early detection of Helicobacter pylori is crucial
It is important to identify the germ as early as possible, because if untreated for too long, the infection can lead to more serious disease and even to stomach ulcers. Therefore, when somebody suffers from heartburn, acid regurgitation or severe stomach pain, regular checks – for example in form of a self-test – can be recommended. A promptly initiated therapy with antibiotics is very effective and can prevent suffering.
Prevention of serious consequences

In many cases, there are clearly noticeable symptoms when somebody is infected with Helicobacter pylori. But it is also possible that the germ spreads in
the gastric mucosa over time and causes mucosal defects without the
person concerned being aware of it. The first symptoms then occur
when Helicobacter pylori has already caused severe damage.

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