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How can you prevent H. pylori infection?

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You can protect yourself from getting an H. pylori infection with the same steps you take to keep other germs at bay:

Though stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and smoking don’t cause ulcers, they can keep them from healing quickly or make your pain worse. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your stress, improve your diet, and, if you smoke, how you can get help to quit.

  • Wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you prepare or eat food. Teach your children to do the same.
  • Avoid food or water that’s not clean.
  • Don’t eat anything that isn’t cooked thoroughly.
  • Avoid food served by people who haven’t washed their hands.

From: What Is H. pylori? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. Pylori.”

National Cancer Institute: “Helicobacter pylori and Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Infections: Helicobacter Pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The Burden of Digestive Diseases: Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

UpToDate. “Helicobacter pylori infection and treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “How is stomach cancer diagnosed?” “How is stomach cancer treated?” and “Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. Pylori.”

National Cancer Institute: “Helicobacter pylori and Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Infections: Helicobacter Pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The Burden of Digestive Diseases: Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

UpToDate. “Helicobacter pylori infection and treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “How is stomach cancer diagnosed?” “How is stomach cancer treated?” and “Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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