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Ulcers Caused by a Kiss?

Sounds crazy to even suggest that kissing could cause an ulcer

We know the mouth has many different bacteria. There are some good and natural bacteria in the mouth, and some bad. The bad ones are responsible for a variety of issues including  bad breath, abscesses, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. One common, but rarely spoken of bacteria of the mouth is called H. Pylori.

H. Pylori inhabits the mouths of many in the U.S. Not only does it play a role in several common mouth ailments, but it’s also responsible for many cases of indigestion, acid reflux, and even ulcers. Yes, that’s right, a common mouth bacteria is known to cause ulcers, and also stomach cancer.

Although 40%-70% of people in the U.S. are infected with H. Pylori, most doctors don’t include a test for it in annual physical exams, and it can even be very difficult to get them to test for it when you have clear symptoms. Instead, patients are often diagnosed with the symptoms, such as GERD or acid reflux, indigestion, and gastritis. While these things can have various causes, H. Pylori is a common cause. Because it can be so dangerous, as it can lead to cancer, it seems like the medical community would take testing more seriously.

It’s worth finding out whether or not you have this bacteria, even if you don’t think you have any problems with digestion. A person can be infected with this bacteria for years, and never have a noticeable symptom. Quite often, it is stress or another illness that triggers symptoms. All the time its present, you can spread it to loved ones, including your infants/children, through the loving act of a simple kiss on the lips, or even sharing food, utensils, drinks.

If you can’t get your physician to give you one of the 3-5 available tests for H. Pylori, then you can find H. Pylori home test kits. Many of these test kits will require something for lancing blood, which you can obtain at any pharmacy in the form of a diabetes test kit, with which you prick your finger to draw blood. It doesn’t sound all that great, but it’s doable, and beneficial for you to know your status with H. Pylori.

You deserve to be mo better!

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