Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that finds its way into your stomach (possibly from food or water) and, for some, causes no problems. However, for others, the results can be devastating.
H. pylori gets into trouble when it dissolves the mucous lining that normally protects your stomach from the acid necessary to digestion. That acid, in turn, damages the cells of your stomach lining just as the sun damages your skin cells, causing irritation, inflammation, and creating the potential for cancerous cell growth.
If you experience ulcer symptoms such as stomach pain, gas, bloating, indigestion, and hunger soon after eating, see your doctor. She can perform a simple breath test to determine if you have H. pylori.Even though many people harbor H. pylori and never develop ulcers or stomach cancer, your doctor may decide to treat you, particularly if you have a family history of gastric cancer.