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Transcript of Helicobacter pylori
Who am i?
Hi! My name is Helicobacter pylori and I am a bacterium that is estimated to affect half the people in the world! I thrive in the stomach or upper part of the small intestine and cause inflammation to the stomach lining and I am the most common cause of a stomach ulcer. I enter your body through the mouth and pass into your digestive system. I can be transferred from one person to another through contact of saliva of an infected person. You can get me by eating or drinking something that is contaminated or like I mentioned before from person to person contact.
Some symptoms to look out for are:
- An aching or burning in your abdomen
- Frequent burping
1. Gastric juice. Gastric jucie is something to try and protect the stomach lining from me.
2. The immune system. The immune system comes after i have gotten into the stomach lining and will respond but sending infection fighting resources.
3. Vomiting. Vomiting can occur at any time when you have H. Pylori.
To get past the Gastric juice (Stomach acid) I take advantage of the mucus lining that is protecting the stomach acid and start living in there so I can the start to fight of the stomach acid. Once I get past the Gastric Juice (Stomach acid) The body will start to send of the infection fighting resources (White cells, Killer T Cells, plus more) but unable to reach the bacterium I safely stored inside your (The host's) stomach lining.
Protection and Living conditions
There is no proper prevention or vaccination against H. Pylori so the best you can do is to prevent myself from yourselves is to stay away from ulcers.
Some ways to help protect you against ulcers is to:
• Reduce or stop the intake of alcohol
• Stop smoking
• Avoid caffeine in coffee and energy drinks
• Wash your hands with uncontaminated water to avoid contact with the bacterium.
Doing the things will help to make your body stronger and more able to fight off the bacterium
I change and survives over time by staying in the “safe area” Stomach lining and feeding on the nutrients that the body supplies to survive in the stomach environment. Because the of the immune systems infection fighters cannot reach the bacterium it allows for the me to better survive in that environment
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