About Helicobacter Pylori Gastritis Treatment

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As research findings reveal, Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the most common bacterial infections in the world, with about 80% of adults and 10% children in developing countries suffering from the ailment. Gastritis, which is stomach illness, when caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, is referred to as Helicobacter pylori gastritis. The medical condition manifests itself in stomach pains, indigestion, and general feelings of giddiness. If left untreated, the condition may deteriorate into ulcer, where the afflicted individual experiences excruciating stomach pain, akin to a burning sensation and blood in the stool or vomit. Sometimes, Helicobacter pylori gastritis may even lead to stomach cancer.

 

Fortunately, Helicobacter pylori treatment, if administered at the right time, always cures the condition. Eradicating the bacterium is the best form of treatment for patients suffering from Helicobacter pylori gastritis. Physicians usually prescribe a multi-drug therapy that involves the use of antibiotics and acid suppressants like proton pump inhibitors. These inhibitors not only stall the growth and spread of the bacterium but also raise the gastric pH concentration which in turn leads to increase in tissue concentration and efficacy of antimicrobials. The latter two occurrences make the gastric environment unsuitable for the propagation of Helicobacter pylori.

 

Helicobacter pylori treatment may also involve the use of oral omeprazole or lansoprazole, clarithromycin, and amoxicillin, the dosages of which are determined by the physician. Patients allergic to penicillin are recommended metronidazole in place of amoxicillin, while the proton pump inhibitor may be substituted for ranitidine bismuth citrate. This triple-pronged therapy for Helicobacter pylori gastritis is regarded as being the most effective Helicobacter pylori treatment, having proven to cure more than 95% of all infections.

 

Sometimes, physicians also prescribe a quadruple therapy involving the use of etracycline and bismuth subsalicylate or subcitrate, metronidazole, and a proton pump inhibitor.

 

Some patients with acute forms of Helicobacter pylori infection like those who have developed duodenal or gastric ulcer may need to continue treatment with acid suppressants for a period of at least 4 weeks. In another cases, Helicobacter pylori treatment is repeated if the infection does not subside after a specific time period.

 

Since Helicobacter pylori infection is common and symptoms may worsen if left untreated, one must learn to recognize the early warning signs and seek treatment immediately.

 

 

 


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This article was published on 2011/09/15