Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) in Hattiesburg, MS

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H. pylori (short for Helicobacter pylori) is a certain type of bacteria from the stomach that mostly impacts the digestive system. Most patients do not get sick from it. In the event you develop signs of ulcers, you will want to get tested for H. pylori infection. If left untreated, H. pylori infection can lead to stomach ulcers by attacking the inner lining of the stomach that protects you from stomach acid. H. pylori can cause irritation and eventually lead to stomach cancer if not treated. If you are having uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, you could have H. pylori infection and should reach out to an expert GI professional in Hattiesburg, MS for an examination. You can consult with an expert GI specialist near you at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC.

Helicobacter pylori typically enters our bodies from food and unclean water or dirty utensils. It is more typical to find H. pylori in countries or locations that have poor water quality and septic systems. However, it is possible for anyone to be exposed to the bacterium. You could also become infected by coming into contact with an H. pylori-positive person's saliva or other bodily fluids. If H. pylori infects your body, you might experience the below symptoms:

  • Frequent burping
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • A burning sensation in the abdomen
  • Appetite loss
  • Bloating
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Abdominal pain on an empty stomach

Schedule an appointment with your GI specialist at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC if you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms or if you have strong abdominal pain, black or bloody stool, and/or vomit.

The most common treatments to combat H. pylori are meant to eradicate the bacteria while also alleviating the symptoms of the infection. Treatments for H. pylori infection with our Hattiesburg, MS team include a regimen of two or more antibiotics to lessen the chances of the bacteria developing a resistance to the drugs used. The treatment protocol for the symptoms includes antacids and additional methods to prevent acid reflux and allow the stomach lining to heal.

In the event you experience any of the uncomfortable symptoms listed above, you should contact a local GI specialist as soon as possible to be checked for gastrointestinal issues such as H. pylori infection. If you're looking for an expert GI physician in your area, trust the physician-led team at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC. Our gastrointestinal specialists work hand-in-hand with patients to administer comprehensive care with a gentle touch, helping them go back to living healthy lives. Contact one of our offices for more information about H. pylori treatment in Hattiesburg, MS and how we can help you.

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