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What are home remedies for H. pylori?

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There are two types of products used as home remedies for H. pylori, or helicobacter pylori according to WebMD.com: nonprescription acid reducers and probiotics. Nonprescription acid reducers decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Natural products such as probiotics or friendly bacteria help fight disease-causing organisms in the digestive system.

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H. pylori is a digestive system infection caused by the helicobacter bacteria that may lead to ulcers. Prescription treatments include antibiotics and medications to reduce stomach acid. In addition, WebMD recommends adjusting the diet to reduce the amount of spicy foods and acidic drinks for relief of symptoms.

Sodium bicarbonate antacids such as Alka-Seltzer and Bromo-Seltzer are products that reduce stomach acid, states WebMD. People with high blood pressure or those on a salt-restricted diet should avoid both of these products because they contain baking soda. Calcium carbonate antacids such as Tums may cause constipation, and aluminum-based antacids work more slowly and are less potent. Some may cause calcium loss and should not be taken by post-menopausal women. Magnesium-based antacids may cause diarrhea. Aluminium-magnesium compounds such as Maalox, Mylanta and Riopan are less likely to cause constipation or diarrhea. H2 receptor blockers such as ranitidine and proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole or lansoprazole are over-the-counter alternatives to prescription heartburn medications. Patients should discuss the use of any of these medications with their physicians.

Probiotic treatment including fermented foods such as yogurt and cheese may help fight H. pylori, says WebMD. They contain bifidobacteria and lactobacillus acidophilus, a family of lactic acid bacteria, that help the body break down food, take in nutrients and prevent take over by destructive bacteria. Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast that also helps fight off destructive bacteria.

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