What is Helicobacter Pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium that occurs more in men than in women. It is a bacterium that is located exclusively in the gastric cavity. It is resistant to a highly acidic environment and takes advantage of an acidic environment to become pathogenic. The consequence of Helicobacter pylori infection is different in adults and children. In developing countries, 80% of the population is infected before the age of 20 due to poor socio-economic conditions (poor hygiene and overcrowding)

How and when does the contamination occur?

The Helicobacter pylori bacterium enters the stomach during childhood. Specifically, during the first five years of life and goes undetected for a long time and for life in some people. In most cases, this infection is asymptomatic and the inflammation is silent. It should be noted that the identification of this germ in Australia in the 1990s completely challenged the pathophysiology of peptic ulcer disease as an infectious disease. The two doctors who discovered Helicobacter pylori were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. There is currently no organized screening for Helicobacter pylori infection in any country.

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Natural Medicine: Symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori

The main symptoms associated with the presence of the Helicobacter bacteria are often gastritis, gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer. Helicobacter pylori infection can be complicated by chronic gastritis (chronic inflammation of the stomach), which persists for life if the infection is not treated," says the specialist. In rare cases, chronic carriage of the bacteria can lead to a certain type of stomach cancer (called MALT lymphoma) that can be cured by treating the infection. "Most of the time, the inflammation is silent, causing no symptoms. Seven out of 10 stomach ulcers are directly related to Helicobacter pylori infection and 9 out of 10 duodenal ulcers," adds Dr Michael Bismuth.

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