What is H.Pylori?
The meaning of H.Pylori is Helicobacter Pylori. These are the kind of bacteria which are most commonly found to be affecting the gastrointestinal tract of the human being. They are responsible for causing peptic ulcer as well as stomach cancer.
Symptoms of H.Pylori infection:
The patient complains of gnawing, burning and twitching pain in stomach especially when he is fasting, or he may experience pain typically 2 or 3 hours after eating food. Usually, the patient wakes up at night with pain. He takes small quantity of food like biscuits or cold milk. Eating food in small quantity relieves the pain and again patient goes to sleep. This is the most characteristic symptom described by the patients affected with H. Pylori infection.
Other symptoms include
Sometimes, patient complains of passing black colored stools or vomiting of blood or coffee ground vomitus.
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of weight
This is an alarming symptom. It is a sign of emergency and requires immediate hospitalization of the patient.
Causes of infection with H. Pylori:
The exact cause of H.Pylori infection is unknown. But it is found that the spread of infection takes place via feco-oral route. This means contaminated water, food and lack of personal hygiene like not washing hands properly with soap and water after using bathroom leads to infection with H.pylori.
Diagnosis of H.Pylori infection:
Following tests are done for the diagnosis of H.Pylori infection.
Endoscopy: A long, thin, flexible tube with camera at one end is passed through the mouth of the patient. It is passed down further through stomach and upper part of duodenum. Through the camera doctor can detect any ulcer or erosion in the stomach or other parts of the G. I. tract.
Urea breath test: This is done to check whether any gas is produced by the bacteria present in the body.
Barium X-ray: In this test patients are made to drink a special chalky liquid. And then the X-rays are taken. The chalky liquid helps in detecting the presence of ulcer on esophagus, duodenum or stomach.
Blood test: This helps in detecting antibodies against H.pylori infection.
Stool test: This shows presence of occult blood and evidence of infection.
Treatment of H.Pylori:
Conventionally, the infection with H.Pylori is treated symptomatically by prescribing antacids, painkillers, and antibiotics to the patient. When the patient gives history of bloody or coffee colored vomiting or passing tarry or black stools, then patient has to be admitted to the hospital. This is the sign that the patient requires a close medical attention.
Treatment of H.Pylori with homeopathy:
Homeopathic medicines are found to be very useful in treating the cases of H. Pylori infections. They act by improving the digestion and reduce fatigue in patients. When the treatment is started in the early stage, small ulcers and erosions can be healed with the help of homeopathic medicines. Medicines like Phosphorous, Calcarea Carbonica, and Nitric Acid etc. are found to be helpful in the treatment of H. Pylori infection.
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