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Breath test for H. Pylori Infection
H. Pylori can accuratly test through either Breath or Saliva.
The urea breath test is a non-invasive, fast, and extremely accurate (95% sensitivity and specificity) means for testing for the presence of active H. pylori infection. Peer reviews consistently rank the urea breath test as the best method to detect H. pylori infection for differential diagnosis of peptic ulcer disease and chronic active gastritis. The test is also ideal for monitoring therapetic outcomes and confirmation of cure.
What are the symptoms of H. pylori Infection?
The initial sign of peptic ulcer disease is an upset stomach. The epigastric pain is often described as burning or gnawing that goes through to the back. Pain comes several hours after a meal when the stomach is empty and is often worse at night. The epigastric pain lasts from a few minutes to several hours and may be relieved by food, antacids or vomiting.
How do I treat H. pylori?
When H. pylori infection is identified, the most widely used front-line therapy consists of 7 to 14 days of a proton pump inhibitor, clarithromycin and amoxicillin. Metronidazole may be used as an alternative to amoxicillin, particularly in the setting of a penicillin allergy or intolerance. This therapy eliminates the bacteria and prevents recurrence of ulcers in 75 to 80% of people who receive the treatment. Unfortunately, side effects of this treatment are common. A preferable approach is to use Botanical and Herbal formulas to kill the H. Pylori infection without these undesireable side effects. Pre and post probiotics are also a necessity.