H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori) is a bacterium that can cause infection in the stomach and small intestine. It is estimated that approximately half of the world's population is infected with this bacterium, but most people do not experience any symptoms or health problems. While it is possible to contract H. pylori through contact with contaminated food, water, or utensils, it is not always possible to avoid it completely.
Here are some tips to avoid getting H. pylori:
Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating or preparing food. This can help prevent the spread of the bacteria.
Avoid contaminated food and water: Make sure to eat food that is properly cooked and avoid drinking water from unknown sources.
Use caution with non-sterilized equipment: If you are undergoing medical procedures such as endoscopy, make sure the equipment used is properly sterilized to avoid the spread of H. pylori.
Avoid sharing personal items: H. pylori can be spread through saliva, so avoid sharing items such as utensils, cups, or toothbrushes.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress can all help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of infection.
Get tested and treated: If you are experiencing symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for H. pylori. If you are diagnosed with an H. pylori infection, your healthcare provider can prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.
The cost of testing for H. pylori in Kenya can vary depending on the type of test and the location where the test is performed. However, I can provide you with a general range of prices based on information from some healthcare providers in Kenya. From the last research, the cost was standing at KES 600. If you feel symptoms such as that related to Hpylori, visit the nearest lab and get tested.
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