What is the main test for H. pylori stomach ulcers?
Stomach ulcers are caused by a Helicobacter pylori infection. The H. pylori bacteria can damage the protective lining of your stomach that protects it from stomach acid, resulting in stomach ulcers. Although stomach ulcers are common in both men and women, they mostly affect men over the age of 60.
What are the signs and symptoms of a H. pylori stomach ulcer?
The Better2Know H. pylori test can be used to diagnose a H. pylori infection, which can cause various digestive disorders, including gastritis and stomach ulcers. If stomach ulcers are left untreated, they can have damaging consequences, such as internal bleeding and gastric obstruction. Symptoms of stomach ulcers can include:
- Pain that travels up from your stomach to your back or neck
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling and being sick
- Weight loss
How will H. pylori be tested?
H. pylori bacteria is tested using a blood sample which can be collected at a Better2Know clinic. Everything is taken care of by us and we will take your blood sample and send it to our accredited laboratory for analysis. The test will be run for H. pylori antibodies, which indicate whether your immune system is fighting an infection or has fought a previous infection. You will be able to access your results within two working days of your blood sample arriving at our laboratory.
How will I receive my test results?
As soon as your results arrive with us, a member of our team will contact you directly. You can then log in to your private and confidential patient area on the Better2Know website to review your test results.
What should I do with my results?
Once you receive your results and if they reveal that you are positive for H. pylori, you should visit a doctor to determine if you need further testing or to talk through treatment options. Better2Know can put you in contact with a private doctor in your local area using our network of skilled doctors around Ireland, or you can visit your own GP.
Book your H. pylori stomach ulcer test now
You can book your test over the phone right now using the number above. We will book your test in for you and are on hand to answer any questions. Our welcoming and experienced team are happy to help.