Can h pylori cause diarrhea?

Are you feeling under the weather? Is your stomach throwing a tantrum and causing chaos in your daily life? Well, it just might be possible that H pylori is ruining your day. H pylori sounds like a fancy name for an alien planet – but don’t let the name fool you. It’s something far more treacherous and closer to home.

What exactly is H pylori?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of whether or not this malicious bacteria causes diarrhea, let’s get to know our enemy first. Helicobacter Pylori, simply known as H pylori is a type of bacterium that affects nearly two-thirds of people all over the world (wild estimate). This bacterial infection can cause numerous gastrointestinal problems such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), peptic ulcers (sores in the stomach) and even cancer!

Okay but how did I get infected with H Pylori?

Contrary to popular belief, sharing food does not mean sharing lives with each other! You can acquire this nasty littlebug by consuming contaminated food or water (let that sink in). Surprisingly though,saliva contact also increases contamination chances which unfortunately paints quite an awkward picture considering some subcultures still practice mouth-to-mouth feeding.

But how do I even know if I have got this secretive bug?

Symptoms for certain diseases spring up out of nowhere – leaving us googling weird sensations & suddenly thinking we are dying because one internet article warned us about them. Fortunately when it comes to h pylorus, common symptoms seem avoidable once prompt treatment is received – luckily they’re not too freaky either:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Can H Pylori Cause Diarrhea?

Now that we’re well acquainted with this stomach-ruining bacteria, let’s get to the main question: Can H pylori cause diarrhea? The answer is Yes.

Studies have shown that up to 50% of patients infected with H pylori experience diarrhoea as a result of their infection. Basically without getting into scientific jargon – the bacterium interacts with our body in weird ways causing malabsorption and excessive water secretion leading to watery stools which no one asked for! (Quick reminder – always wash your hands!)

Hold up though…

Not so fast though…just because you’ve got diarrhea doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve contracted Helicobacter Pylorus. For instance, consuming food high in insoluble fiber or taking certain medications can lead to acute cases of diarrhea.

What’s all this talk about Insoluble Fiber?

Well for starters, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and helps add bulk to our stool (Yes – Congratulations on learning something new today!) There’s various food items such as whole wheat bread, nuts etc..which are packed full of insoluble fiber but unfortunately they only end up bothering your digestive tract if consumed excessively. So please don’t go overboard thinking ‘the more,the merrier’.

Why do medications affect my bowel movements?

Anti-inflammatories & antibiotics (ironically like ones prescribed when battling h-pylouri) can disturb healthy gut flora increasing chances of diarrheal episodes.

How can I avoid contracting H-Pylori from other humans?

Prevention is always better than cure,’’ right? Here’s what you should know before going off-ordering raw meat or drinking bad tap water:

  • Drink bottled Water while travelling
  • Avoid Raw & undercooked foods.
  • Be hygienic
  • Do NOT share kissing utensils

Can we wrap it up please?

In conclusion, H pylori is guilty of causing diarrhea in some patients as a result of chronic gastrointestinal inflammation however not all cases relate to the bacterial infection. It’s safe to say this fella doesn’t care how fancy your dinner table setting looks or how well you can cook – he just finds ways to ruin digestive systems (thanks for ruining my appetite buddy!)

Stay hydrated folks and avoid sharing food like the plague during meal times!

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