H. Pylori and Stomach Ulcers

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Helicobacter pylori are a type of bacteria that may not cause problems, but can cause pain, bloating, burping and could lead to ulcers. Dr. Edward Hill discusses H. pylori and stomach ulcers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Stomach ulcers are sores in your stomach. They are often caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. They can also be caused by taking certain medicines, like ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen.

Stomach ulcers can cause pain or burning in the middle of your stomach, just under your rib cage. This is called dyspepsia.

It is common in people of all ages. Your doctor can test your blood, stool or breath to see if you have the bacteria. Your doctor will decide what type of test is best for you. Your doctor might use an endoscope to look down your throat and into your stomach to see the ulcer better.

If you have H. pylori, your doctor will give you antibiotics to treat the infection. You might need two or three antibiotics. You will also need to take medicine to decrease the acid in your stomach so that the ulcer can heal.

It is important to take the medicine exactly how your doctor tells you and to take all of the medicine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.