H pylori infection: Are you 1 in 3?
Roughly a third of people in the United States have an H pylori stomach infection. In most cases, this infection doesn’t become a problem. But if you suffer from indigestion that either won’t quit or keeps coming back, talk to your doctor about H pylori testing. It’s easy and can only help.
How will I know if I have H pylori?
For many people 55 and under, medical guidelines recommend one of two types of tests to learn if you’re infected with H pylori the breath test or the stool test:Testing Instructions:
Both the breath test and stool test are highly accurate. An advantage of the breath test is that if your doctor suspects H pylori, the test can be taken during the same visit where you told him/her about your symptoms. Both tests may be covered by insurance.
A third option: the “scope” test
If you are older than 55 or have what doctors call "alarm symptoms" such as stomach bleeding, medical experts recommend testing for H pylori using a procedure called an endoscopy (en-DOSS-ko-pee). This test is performed in the hospital. It is considered very accurate but is only used in certain cases.
Get ready for testing
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If you have any questions about testing for H pylori, be sure to ask your doctor.