Tests for H pylori

Testing for H.pylori Infection

Helicobacter pylori (or H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can cause an infection in the stomach and small intestine. It can lead to difficulties digesting food, ulcers, and even cancer. Fortunately, it can be treated with a course of antibiotics. But first, you must be tested for H. pylori.

Preparation for Test

Before being tested for H. pylori, it's important to discuss the test and any potential risks with your doctor. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medications before the test, as they can interfere with the results. Once you've discussed the test with your doctor and stopped taking any necessary medications, you may be instructed to fast for a few hours before the test.

Types of Testing for H. Pylori

There are different types of tests used to detect H. pylori. Depending on your symptoms and risk factors, your doctor may use one or more of the following tests:

  • Urea breath test
  • Stool antigen test
  • Blood test
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy

Risks of Testing for H. Pylori

Most of the tests used to detect H. pylori are considered safe and pose no serious risks. However, the endoscopy and biopsy procedures used to examine the stomach may present a small risk of bleeding or infection.

Why Test for H. Pylori?

H. pylori infection is one of the most common reasons for stomach queasiness, and it may even lead to serious health complications. That's why it's important to get tested if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating

When to Seek Testing

You should talk to your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms, as it could be indicative of an H. pylori infection. Your doctor can recommend the appropriate tests and treatments to help you feel better.