What is Helicobacter Pylori?

An ulcer is a sore or crater in the lining of your digestive tract.  This can be an uncomfortable and even painful condition. Traditionally, ulcers were thought to be caused by too much spicy food, stress, or an anxious personality. We know that most ulcers are probably due to infection with bacteria known as Helicobacter Pylori.

An ulcer can form in two main areas of the digestive tract, in the duodenum, the space where the stomach meets the small intestine, and in the stomach itself. These areas contain strong acids and enzymes that help digest the food you eat. To keep these substances from also digesting your body's own tissue, the stomach and duodenum are coated with a protective mucus layer. H. pylori bacteria can destroy this lining and cause the ulcer. If diagnosed with H-Pylori, taking all your medication exactly as your doctor or pharmacist instructs can make the treatment successful. The medication may make you feel worse for a short time, but it's the best way to ensure that all of the H. Pylori bacteria are killed so that the ulcer won't return. Also, avoiding cigarettes and aspirin containing pain relievers can help an ulcer heal and help keep it from returning.

Symptoms of H-Pylori are: