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When should you see your doctor about an H. pylori infection?

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See your doctor right away if you notice the following in your child or yourself. They could be signs of an ulcer:

  • Severe stomach pain that doesn't go away
  • Inability to swallow
  • Bloody, tar-like stool
  • Vomit that's bloody or looks like dark coffee grounds

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Helicobacter Pylori and Stomach Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "H. pylori  infection."

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

National Cancer Institute: "Helicobacter Pylori and Cancer."

CDC: "Helicobacter pylori."

KidsHealth.org: "Helicobacter pylori."

American Cancer Society: "Bacteria That Can Lead to Cancer."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Helicobacter Pylori and Stomach Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "H. pylori  infection."

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

National Cancer Institute: "Helicobacter Pylori and Cancer."

CDC: "Helicobacter pylori."

KidsHealth.org: "Helicobacter pylori."

American Cancer Society: "Bacteria That Can Lead to Cancer."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 24, 2019

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