What is Helicobacter pylori infection?
Helicobacter pylori are a type of bacteria. This germ enters the body and lives in the human digestive system. This can cause stomach infections. After many years it can also cause ulcers. Not only this, in the future, it can also increase the chances of getting colon cancer.
This infection can also happen to young children and this infection is present in half of the world’s population.
You will be surprised to know that people do not even know that they have Helicobacter pylori infection nor do they get sick because of it. If a person shows symptoms of peptic ulcer, then the doctor may advise you to get tested for Helicobacter pylori infection. Antibiotics may be given to treat it.
According to experts, it is not known exactly how this infection spreads. But it is believed that it can be spread through saliva and other body fluids of an infected person, apart from water and food.
What are the symptoms of pylori infection?
It is believed that 85 percent of people suffering from this infection are not aware of its symptoms. However, the symptoms of this infection are as follows:
- Stomach ache
- Getting nausea
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach ulcer symptoms
10-20 percent of people suffering from Helicobacter pylori infection are likely to develop stomach ulcers throughout their life.
Gastric or peptic ulcer usually causes abdominal pain. Its other symptoms are as follows:
- Black stool
- Blood in the stool
- Breathing problems
- Vomiting blood
- Colon cancer
The most common risk of Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with colon cancer. Not only this infection is the cause of colon cancer, but if another person in one’s family has this problem, obesity, smoking or eating can also be the reason for this problem.
Some of its symptoms are as follows:
- Persistent weakness or tiredness
- Flatulence after meals
- Nausea and vomiting
- Having trouble swallowing
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Blood in the stool
- Weight loss
- Vomit blood
What are the causes of Helicobacter pylori infection?
- Information is not available about what causes Helicobacter pylori infection or how it is spread. This infection can spread from one person’s mouth to another person’s mouth.
- It can also pass through the feces to the mouth. This can happen if a person does not wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom.
- This infection can also spread through contact with contaminated water or food.
- This infection can be passed from person to person through direct contact with saliva, vomit or feces.
What are the risks of Helicobacter pylori infection?
- Helicobacter pylori infection can usually start in childhood or from a young age. This infection is more likely to happen to people who spend their childhood in the following situations:
- Living in a crowd: The chances of getting this disease are more to those people, people who live in more people or crowded places.
- Contaminated water: If a person lives in a place where he does not get clean water, then the risk of getting this infection also increases.
- Living in a developing country: People who live in a developing country where there is crowd, cleanliness etc. where people’s lifestyle is dirty, they also have this risk.
- Living with a person who already has this infection increases the chances of getting this disease.
What is the treatment for Helicobacter pylori infection?
If you have a Helicobacter pylori infection, firstly the doctor will ask you about its symptoms, etc.
Not only this, the doctor can test you for colon cancer. In addition, you may be asked to have the following tests:
- Physical examination
- Blood test to know about anemia
- Fecal blood test, in which your stool is examined.
- Biopsy- Doctors take a small piece of tissue from your abdomen to check for cancer. Your doctor can do this test during the endoscopy.
- Tests that take detailed pictures of the inside of your body, such as a CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Breath test
Helicobacter pylori infection is treated with two different antibiotics at the same time.
Your doctor may also prescribe an acid-suppressing medicine to help your stomach lining heal.
Acid-suppressing drugs include:
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) – These drugs block acid production in the stomach. Some examples of PPIs are
Omeprazole, Esomeprazole, Lansoprazole, Pantoprazole
Histamine (H-2) blockers- These drugs block a substance called histamine, which triggers acid production. An example of this is cimetidine.
Bismuth subsalicylate- This medicine works by coating the ulcer and protecting it from stomach acid.
Your doctor may recommend that you get tested again for Helicobacter pylori infection at least four weeks after your treatment. If your tests show that treatment has been unsuccessful, you may be given a different combination of antibiotics again.
CAC SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR H.PYLORI
- Detox Premium Powder
- Sheeta dhara
- Digestion support tablet
- Ulcer heal tablet
- Puran pachak syrup
- Kutaj ghan Vati
*Note- The treatment may differ from person to person as per assessment of the patient and severity of the disease.
SOME IMPORTANT TIPS
Some tips might help you in combating H. Pylori infection.
- To get rid of Helicobacter pylori infection, be sure to wash your hands after using the bathroom, before preparing food, before eating food.
- If the water and food are not clean, do not eat or drink it.
- Do not eat anything that has not been cooked properly.
- Do not take food or anything to eat from people whose hands are not washed properly.
- Take special care of cleanliness.
- Avoid consuming caffeinated foods, acidic food or carbonated beverages.
- Eat foods high in fiber such as fruits or vegetables, plain chicken or fish or yogurt.
- Drink plenty of water; this will reduce the problem of acid formation in the stomach.
- Exercise daily, this will keep your energy level.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.