Helicobacter pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that can infect the stomach and cause gastritis and/or peptic ulcer, and generally requires high doses of antibiotics to eradicate it.

 

There are various tests which can diagnose helicobacter pylori, including: gastroscopy / biopsy of the stomach, a breath test and a stool antigen test. 

 

The stool antigen test can be undertaken in the comfort of your own home, and the kit can be obtained after a referral from your health care practitioner (Naturopath).  The stool antigen test is not only used to diagnose helicobacter pylori, but also to assess whether the antibiotic treatment has been successful.

 

The breath test and gastroscopy, however, must be ordered by your general practitioner.