H. pylori is a type of bacteria that can enter your body and live in your digestive tract. After H. pylori enters your body, it can attack the lining of your stomach or small intestine. Once the bacteria have done enough damage, acid can get through the lining, leading to peptic ulcers. These may bleed, cause infections, or keep you from absorbing nutrients from food. A peptic ulcer often feels like a dull or burning pain in your belly that comes and goes.
You can get H. pylori from food, water, or utensils. It's more common in countries or communities that lack clean water or good sewage systems. You can also pick up the bacteria through contact with the saliva or other body fluids of infected people.
Often, people diagnosed with H. pylori come in with ulcerative symptoms. Dr. Bhatti may then perform certain tests to determine whether an ulcer is present and to determine the cause. These tests may include:
- Blood tests
- CT scans
There are several types of medicines available to treat a peptic ulcer caused by H. pylori. Dr. Bhatti will determine whether this bacteria is the only cause of your ulcer before recommending the best treatment for you.
If you're suffering from ulcer-like symptoms, schedule an appointment at Bhatti GI. Dr. Bhatti is board-certified and has decades of experience treating patients throughout the state of Minnesota.
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