What is Helicobacter Pylori (Stomach Microbe)? Is stomach microbe contagious?
What is 'Helibobacter Pylori', which is known as 'stomach microbe' among the people and is frequently encountered in underdeveloped third world countries? Is this microbe contagious? How is this microbe removed from the body? Let's take a look together.
Helicobacter Pylori, popularly known as "stomach microbe" and common in underdeveloped countries, can secretly live in the body for years without showing any symptoms. It is necessary to pay attention to the transmission routes of this bacterium, which paves the way for diseases such as gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer.
Helicobacter Pylori is an infectious bacterium that lives and multiplies in the stomach acid environment. It can lead to gastritis, ulcers and, in rare cases, stomach cancer and gastric lymphoma. Therefore, the disease must be treated.
Helicobacter Pylori Symptoms
Symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori; heartburn, burning, gas and bloating. It can trigger reflux attacks. Therefore, it can cause allergic asthma-like symptoms, hoarseness and bifurcation. Another symptom that causes the most complaints is bad breath.
Not Everyone Shows Symptoms
About half of the entire world's population has met this bacterium, and this rate is higher in developing countries.
Despite being such a common infection, not everyone shows signs of the disease. Certain strains of bacteria are known to have a higher potential to cause disease. Human factors; more sensitive stomach structure, longer exposure to microbes, the presence of smoking, alcohol and stress. In the presence of these accompanying factors, stomach complaints become evident.
Personal Hygiene Is Very Important
This infection is more common in people who do not pay attention to hygienic measures. It is transmitted from mouth to mouth by touching poorly washed food with hands after using the toilet, using common items (such as toothbrush, towel, fork, spoon, glass), and dirty drinking water. It has been shown that it is more common in people living in the same house, especially among spouses.
There are three different methods for diagnosis; performing endoscopy and evaluating the sample taken from the stomach with microscope, urea breath test and bacterial antigen in stool.
Combined antibiotics and stomach medications are used in the treatment.