What is Helicobacter pylori?

Only in 1983, the helical bacterium Helicobacter pylori was discovered, since its importance for the development of gastric problems is discussed. In Germany, about 50 percent of the population is germinated. Infection with Helicobacter pylori is the second most common infection after tooth decay. The infection with Helicobacter pylori is usually in the first years of life, but this does not mean that the bacterium leads so early to health problems in the gastrointestinal area.

Helicobacter pylori in a gastritis

However, it has been proven that the Helicobacter bacterium plays an important role in the development of inflammation of the gastric mucosa (gastritis) in later life years. The gastritis can then be the starting point of other diseases and lead to, for example, a stomach ulcer or even gastric cancer. The sole fact that someone carries the Helicobacter bacterium does not require treatment. Only if there is gastric ulcer or gastritis at the same time is therapy recommended.

Helicobacter bacteria are treated with a combination of two antibiotics and a third drug that reduces gastric acid production. Therapy results are usually very good: on average, after seven days of treatment, about 90 percent of patients are completely relieved of Helicobacter pylori.

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