Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) in San Antonio, TX
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What is H. pylori?
Helicobacter pylori, often known as H. pylori, is a certain type of bacteria found in your stomach that mainly affects your digestive system. Most individuals do not get ill from this bacteria. If you develop symptoms of ulcers, you will probably get tested for H. pylori infection. If left untreated, H. pylori infection can lead to stomach ulcers by attacking the inner lining of your stomach which protects you from stomach acid. H. pylori can lead to unwanted pain and distress and may ultimately lead to stomach cancer if left untreated. If you are experiencing painful gastrointestinal symptoms like stomach pain, you may have H. pylori infection and should see a talented GI provider. You can request a consultation with an experienced GI provider near you at one of our San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates locations in San Antonio, TX
What are the symptoms of H. pylori infection?
H. pylori typically enters the body from food, unclean water, or dirty utensils. H. pylori is more commonly found in countries or areas that have poor water quality and septic systems; however, everyone can potentially be exposed. You can get infected if you come in contact with an infected person’s saliva or other body fluids. If H. pylori has entered your body, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain that is worse on an empty stomach
- Unusual weight loss
- Stomach aches
- Loss of appetite
- Burning pain in your abdominal area
Request a consultation with your GI specialist at a San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location near you if you experience any of these symptoms, or if you have had unusual abdominal pain, black or bloody stool, and/or vomit.
How is H. pylori treated?
Common treatments for someone who has H. pylori in their system aim to get rid of the bacteria and relieve symptoms. Treatments for H. pylori infection by our San Antonio, TX team include a regimen of two or more antibiotics to prevent the bacteria from becoming resistant to the treatment. Treatment of the symptoms includes antacids and other remedies to alleviate acid reflux and help the stomach lining heal.
Heal from H. pylori
If you notice any of the painful symptoms above, you should contact a local GI specialist to be evaluated for GI issues such as H. pylori infection. Our incredible gastroenterologists in San Antonio, TX work with their patients to administer compassionate, comprehensive care that will help you get back to optimal health. Contact San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates to get more information about H. pylori and how it can be treated.
This was my 4th or 5th visit and my first time to see the Doctor’s Assistant. She was very nice and very knowledgeable about this unfortunate subject to the problem I was having. I left the office feeling a lot better.
Dr. Guerra is the best! He is very thorough and personable. He knows his patients so well. I see him every few years and he makes me feel like I was just there. He knows my history so well, I don’t need to remind him of anything as with other doctors.
The staff is amazing from the person checking your temperature to the person checking you out. All the nurses and staff are happy to be working there and it shows. Dr. Guerra is an amazing doctor, super sweet, friendly and caring.