Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that infects the stomach. About a third of Australian adults carry the organism, though many do not realise they have it. Once the organism has been detected, H. pylori can be treated. If the organism is left untreated, it can damage the stomach’s lining, making it more susceptible to stomach acid and possible stomach ulcers. For this reason, if you believe you may have contracted Helicobacter pylori, it is recommended to perform a medical test.
H. pylori can be prevented by:
- Washing your hands after you use the bathroom
- Before preparing and eating food
- Avoiding food or water that is not clean
- Not eating anything that isn’t cooked thoroughly (especially when travelling)
- Avoiding food served by people who haven’t washed their hands.
Common Symptoms ofHelicobacter pylori:
- Burning pain to upper stomach – which may improve or worsen with eating
- A feeling of fullness after eating.
- Recent travel
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