Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) in Tulsa, OK
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What is H. pylori?
H. pylori (short for helicobacter pylori) is a certain type of bacteria, found in your stomach, that mainly affects your digestive system. Most people do not fall ill from H. pylori. However, if you are showing signs of an ulcer, you will probably be tested for an H. pylori infection. If left untreated, H. pylori can cause stomach ulcers by harming the inner lining of your stomach that protects your stomach from stomach acid. This could cause pain and discomfort and can eventually lead to stomach cancer if left untreated. If you are having uncomfortable GI symptoms like stomach pain, you may have an H. pylori infection and should be seen by a skilled GI specialist. Contact our Tulsa, OK team at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation.
What are the symptoms of an H. pylori infection?
H. pylori can enter your body via unclean water, dirty utensils, or food. It is more common to find H. pylori in countries or locations that have low water quality and sewage systems. It is true, though, that anyone can be exposed. You can get infected if you come in contact with an infected person’s spit or other body fluids. If H. pylori enters your system, you can expect any of the below symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Abdominal pain on an empty stomach
- A burning sensation in the abdomen
- Unintentional weight loss
- Appetite loss
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or if you are experiencing unusual abdominal pain, vomiting, and/or bloody stools, request a consultation with your gastroenterologist at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location as soon as possible.
How is an H. pylori infection treated?
Most treatments are designed to kill the bacteria while addressing symptoms. Treatments for an H. pylori infection with our Tulsa, OK team usually include a regimen of at least two antibiotics to prevent the bacteria from becoming invulnerable to the treatment. Treatment of the symptoms usually includes antacids and additional methods to relieve acid reflux and encourage the stomach lining to heal.
Get treatment for H. Pylori
If you are experiencing any symptoms of helicobacter pylori, we recommend contacting a GI specialist as soon as possible to be assessed. To find a talented GI specialist in your area, you can count on our physician-led team. Our incredible providers proudly administer compassionate, comprehensive care that can help you return to optimal health. Contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to find out more about H. pylori treatment in Tulsa, OK and how you can protect your health.
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