Helicobacter Pylori

Helicobacter Pylori

Helicobacter pylori is the most prevalent bacterial infection in the world and can cause heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers


What is Helicobacter Pylori?

Helicobacter is a bacteria which can reside in the mucous coating the lining of the stomach and duodenum. It is the most commonly found bacteria affecting up to 50% of the world’s population and. The infection may be non-symptomatic in some people.

What are the symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori?

Some H.pylori infections are 'silent' and produce no symptoms, but when they do cause symptoms they are usually symptoms of gastritis or stomach ulcers. Typical symptoms of gastritis include vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. Stomach ulcers are very similar to mouth ulcers where raw, sensitive patches develop on the lining of the stomach and cause a gnawing or burning pain. The pain can last for minutes or hours and will often feel worse on an empty stomach. Many people assume they have heartburn, as antacid medicine will often relieve the symptoms.

Why test for Helicobacter Pylori?

Detection is important to relieve the symptoms and even if there are no symptoms it is important to eradicate the bacteria as sufferers are at an increased risk of developing gastric and duodenal ulcers

How does the test work?

The test is a finger prick blood test which detects antibodies in the blood to Helicobacter pylori. Once you receive your test kit all you have to do is take a few drops of blood from a finger prick using the kit provided. The blood is collected in a small vial. You put the sample into the envelope provided and post it straight back to the laboratory (Freepost RRHL-EAES, Lab 21 Limited, 184 Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 OGA Allow 5 days for delivery of the test kit. Results are available within 10 working days.

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