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H. Pylori Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

hpylori_bacteriaThe majority of people with H. pylori infection have no signs or symptoms. Most of the symptoms are related to stomach inflammation and ulcers, including:

  • Upper abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent burping
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • In severe cases, bleeding from the stomach lining

In some cases, patients may feel hungry in the morning. Often the symptoms occur after eating, and many times patients waken in the early morning hours with abdominal pain. H. pylori has also been associated with iron-deficiency anemia due to chronic internal bleeding.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you are concerned about any persistent signs or symptoms you should make an appointment to see your doctor. These symptoms could be associated with other diseases as well. Vomiting blood or passing black, tarry, or bloody stools are medical emergencies and should not be ignored – if you have these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.

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