A Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) test is done to: Find out whether an infection with H. pylori bacteria may be causing an ulcer or irritation of the stomach lining (gastritis). Find out whether treatment for an H. pylori infection has been successful.
There are many claims about natural treatment and cures for H. pylori infection. None of these have been scientifically proven to cure H. pylori infection, and include mastic gum, broccoli, matuka tea, manuka honey, coconut oil, and many others.
Chronic infection with H. pylori weakens the natural defenses of the lining of the stomach to the ulcerating action of acid. Medications that neutralize stomach acid (antacids), and medications that decrease the secretion of acid in the stomach (H2-blockers and proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) have been used effectively for many years to treat ulcers.
Test Method 1 : This enzyme immunoassay employs a mixture of monoclonal anti-H pylori antibodies as capture antibody and a mixture of peroxidase-conjugated monoclonal anti-H pylori antibodies as detection antibody. Based on the intensity of color developed, results are reported as H pylori antigen detected, not detected, or indeterminate.
Performance characteristics have not been established for watery diarrheal stools or for asymptomatic individuals.