HAS UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS

VIVIAN ORESHA: H.pylori: Little known sickness but dangerous

Many Kenyans opt to know nothing about it

In Summary

•Infection with H. pylori is the strongest known risk factor for gastric cancer.

•Many people suffer from H. pylori disease simply because they are not aware of it as a sickness.

Helicobacter pylori is a sickness with mild symptoms but very dangerous.

If left untreated, H. pylori infection causes chronic inflammation and significantly increases the risk of developing duodenal and gastric ulcer disease and gastric cancer.

Infection with H. pylori is the strongest known risk factor for gastric cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.

Many Kenyans opt to know nothing about it since the symptoms are quite unusual.

Most H. pylori infections are silent and cause no symptoms.

When the bacteria causes symptoms, they are either gastritis or a peptic ulcer disease, which causes most ulcers to live in the lining of the stomach and goes undetected often for many years before being discovered.

This makes people take antiulcer drugs instead of seeing a doctor.

Other signs include loss of appetite, nauseousness while eating and unintentional reduction of weight after some time.

In losing appetite and reduce of weight many people also take it as normal.

They go for appetite medicines in the chemist and even others don’t go.

Many times people talk about being fat and sicknesses revolving around it example obesity but now there is the reduction of weight sickness that more awareness should be put on it.

Many people suffer from H. pylori disease simply because they are not aware of it as a sickness.

Pylori infection may include an ache or burning pain in your abdomen, abdominal pain that’s worse when your stomach is empty.

A doctor at  Mbagathi Hospital Nairobi said that the pain comes once in a while hence it is difficult for one to realize if he or she is sick.

Moreover, when a person is infected with this sickness the body does not detect for instance the temperature is normal and the body is energetic as usual.

It can be detected with blood antigen detection, urease detection, or bacterial metabolite detection in the infected individual’s breadth.

People have to be aware of this sickness so that they may go and be tested instead of going to chemists and buy the wrong medicines.

If found positive then they should be treated before the situation worsens.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris