What is H. pylori?Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria found in the inner lining of the small intestine (or duodenum) that causes chronic inflammation and peptic ulcers. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of the adult population in the United States is infected with this bacteria (and one half of the planet), usually acquired during childhood. H. pylori Infection is also a strong risk factor for some types of stomach cancer.Common symptoms or signs of H. pylori include :
- An ache or burning pain in your abdomen
- Esophageal reflux
- Frequent burping
- Weight loss
- Feeling full after eating only a small portion of food
Although these symptoms have been present in those infected there is no single symptom that is directly connected to H. pylori. The only way to know for sure if you have H. pylori is to be tested.
How is H. pylori diagnosed?
We are pleased to announce the addition of BreathID breath test system, the latest technology for the detection of H. Pylori infection, to our state of the art office. At My Concierge MD
, we provide a non-invasive, easy and effective method to test our patients for H. pylori. The C-Urea Breath Test is a 10 minute testing methodpreferred by many physicians andour own Concierge Doctors. Carbon 13 Urea Breath Test is recommended by both the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterology Association, as well as by the American Academy of Family Physicians for both initial diagnosis of H. Pylori and post-treatment follow-up testing to confirm eradication. After measuring your baseline breath sample, you drink a nearly tasteless solution. If H. pylori is present, CO2 will be released into the bloodstream and carried to your lungs, where it will be exhaled. Our equipment analyzes your exhaled breath to determine if the bacteria is present, and also if treatment is effective in getting rid of the infection. What if I have H. pylori?
Helicobacter pylori is a treatable bacteria! The keyis to know if you are infected or not and then make the best decisions in your healthcare plan. H. pylori treatment usually involves a combination of antibiotics taken anywhere from 7 to 14 days. What are the Risk Factors associated with H. pylori?
Many people contract H. pylori as children. Contracting H. pylori in adulthood is much less common. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for H. pylori infection are often related to childhood living conditions, including:
- Crowded living conditions.
- Living in situations without a dependable supply of hot water.
- Living in a developing country (have you traveled to developing countries?).
- Living with a person who has an H. pylori infection.
If you or your family members have demonstrated any of these conditions, or if you have risk factors associated with H. pylori infection, a Concierge Physician from My Concierge MD can administer a relatively simple, non-invasive test to determine your status and thereby ensure your optimal level of healthcare!