Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylori, is a fairly common bacterium. It is usually associated with stomach conditions and is perhaps the most common cause of stomach ulcers. It is not necessarily dangerous, but vulnerable people may be at risk. There is still some mystery surrounding it because we don’t yet fully understand how it infects people.
H. pylori is contagious and can be transmitted in various ways. Most of these involve lack of hygiene and we can protect ourselves against the disease provided we are reasonably careful.
Here’s a look at some of the most common ways, that we know of, in which H. pylori can be passed from person to person.
Cause Of H Pylori #1: Contaminated Surfaces
Bacteria are pretty much everywhere. It can be very difficult to avoid them because there is likely to be bacteria on pretty much any surface that we touch. Thankfully, the vast majority of these bacteria are harmless to us.
Some are potentially harmful, though, and H. pylori is one of them. It is a bacterium that can be found on surfaces that are particularly unclean. While it is not really practical to avoid touching surfaces, cleaning surfaces regularly can help. This is especially the case when food is present.