Bacterial Stomach Infection Symptoms: Get Rid Of Bacteria in Stomach

Bacteria in Stomach
Bacteria in Stomach

There are several reasons why people get stomach infection but the most common among the causes, especially among children, is bacterial infection. Bacterial infection in the stomach is mostly obtained thru intake of contaminated food and water or getting close contact with bacteria-infested objects or even animals. Bacterial infection in the stomach can also be acquired from another infected person and poor hygiene. Bacteria may also cause intestinal infection.

A person infected with bacteria in the stomach usually manifest the following symptoms:

Bacterial Stomach Infection Symptoms

  • Digestive illness, mainly diarrhea
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Unusual color of feces
  • Cancer
  • Difficulty in food digestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Malaise
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea

Treatment and Remedies for bacterial stomach infection

Bacterial infection in the stomach can lead to serious health condition such as peptic ulcer or stomach cancer if left untreated. Getting a proper medical advice is the wisest thing for you to do especially because a person suffering from diarrhea can get dehydrated and should be managed properly. In any infection, prevention is always better than cure and bacterial infection in the stomach can be avoided through these simple methods:

  • Frequent washing of the hands.
    To avoid getting infected, wash your hands frequently and properly using antibacterial hand soap. Using alcohol or hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available is also recommended especially if you are in public places.
  • Work in a ventilated area. Dingy, damp, and dark areas are usually the haven of different bacteria.
  • Avoid touching your face especially your mouth, nose, and eyes because they are ideal entry point of bacteria into your system.
  • Use tissue paper or paper towel for opening and closing public toilets and even in the office. Most bacteria rest on door knobs and toilet areas. Wash your hands every after bathroom use.
  • Avoid eating unhygienic food especially street food.
  • As much as possible, eat food while they are still hot and refrigerate them after eating.
  • Drinking water from questionable sources is a major source of bacterial infection in the stomach. If you are not sure where the water was taken, prefer bottled water or fruit juice instead.
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing and wash your hands afterward.
  • Keep your kitchen as clean as possible. Run hot water on your chopping board for at least 20 seconds to kill the bacteria.
  • Strengthen your immune system by eating foods that are rich in vitamin C.

19 Comments

  1. V R said:

    I have been suffering from stomach disorder like whatever I eat or drink after a few minutes I have to run to the toilet and most times the motion is loose. Its been this way since the past one month, I thought it was because of the heat or the mangoes that I have been eating, I did go to my family doc and she advised me to take a stool test which i am yet to get the reports. Could you tell me what this could be due to?

    July 26, 2010
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    • E K said:

      I have been suffering from stomach disorder like whatever I eat or drink after a few minutes I have to run to the toilet and most times the motion is loose. It is been this way since the past one month, my family doctor take blood test, ct scan and other test, one amylase is 220 rest, all other tests are normal. Why the problem is same?

      August 12, 2010
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      • x said:

        It may be due to bacterial infection in the stomach. Go for a stool antigen test and cbc. Otherwise, you have to consult a gastro enterologist. He may suggest a colonoscopy and enteroscopy. The biopsy results will give you whether you have a bacterial infection or not. If found positive, he may prescribe broad spectrum antibiotics.

        October 19, 2010
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  2. sam said:

    My stomach is burning really bad. I went to my family Physician and also did a stool test which was positive. I took antibiotics for one week as well. But it did not work. My stomach still burns and hurts a bit. Can you suggest anything?

    February 9, 2012
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    • TDR said:

      Burning sensation in your stomach may be due to various reasons including acidity, gas, ulcers and indigestion. If you have acidity (acid reflux) try some OTC medicine to reduce the acid. If your stomach burn is due to ulcers, try antacid. Drink half a glass of cold milk are regular intervals, say every three to four hours. If the burning does not reduce stop the milk.
      Also, sometime green tea helps. Try sipping warm green tea every 4-5 hours. Do not drink more than 3 cups per day.
      Drink lots of water and burp as much as possible to relive any gas trapped in your digestive track. Hopeful this will get you some relief from your uneasy and burning stomach.
      If you pain and burning sensation persists for more than a few days, talk to another Doctor and get a second opinion.

      February 10, 2012
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  3. CH said:

    I am not suffering from fever, but every time I eat or drink anything, it goes right through me. It is very difficult to travel outside due to my diarrhea problem. Along with loose stools, there is terrible stomach cramp. I drink Gatoride slowly to keep myself hydrated, but it also passes immediately. What is the problem and what I have to do?

    April 26, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      The symptoms suggest that you may be having diarrhea due to viral infection. However, first thing that you need to do is to check your stool in a laboratory. It will assist in diagnosis and further management. Fortunately you are not having vomiting and so you should continue drinking water mixed with salt and sugar frequently. You can also continue drinking Gatoride. Eat yogurt, banana, rice water, butter milk, carrot soup, pomegranate juice etc. Mix 1 gram of powdered mango seeds in one teaspoon of honey. Take two times in a day. Apples either cooked or baked are excellent for diarrhea treatment.

      April 27, 2012
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  4. mike said:

    Since long time I am having burning pain in my stomach. Sometime it stops after I eat or drink something. But after few hours the pain starts again. I do not have habit of smoking, drinking alcohol etc. I take prescription medicine for hyperacidity since long time, but still the problem is persisting.

    April 29, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      If the problem is persisting for a long time, you should check of X-Ray barium test. The other option is a gastroscopy done by a gastroenterologist. These two tests will help in diagnosing this acid peptic disorder. Meanwhile you should eat bland diet. Eat frequently small quantity of food, at least after a gap of one 2 hours. Eat yogurt, banana, and Indian gooseberry juice mixed with pomegranate juice. Also drink one glass of butter milk mixed with one tablespoon of coriander juice.

      April 30, 2012
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  5. Zach said:

    I am a young healthy male. I eat healthy food and I exercise daily but have this bug for two weeks. My stomach will have sharp pain every time I twist or bend down. It even happens when I am rolling over in bed this makes my job hard because I work at a pet store and need to bend down and lift items many times. I did have loose stools due to bad gastric infection but it’s been two weeks and my stomach is still aching.

    November 1, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Besides stomach infection, there may be other reasons and they have to be ruled out. It can be as minor as a stomach muscle pain or a hernia etc. But before assuming anything, it is necessary to consult your doctor. Also if necessary do a sonogram of abdomen.

      November 2, 2012
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  6. Mary turner said:

    My stomach is hurting all the time. I feel like vomiting. I just feel sick. Whenever I try to eat my stomach starts aching. What is the problem?

    November 8, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Since how many days you are having this problem? If it is of recent origin, there is a possibility of stomach infection. Do you have fever? How are your stools, are you suffering from diarrhea? It is necessary to rule out jaundice. Check your urine for bile salts and bile pigments. Also which area of your stomach is aching more? All this questions are necessary to rule out causes one by one. At the same time, it is better to consult your doctor as after examination he will be able to tell the cause.

      November 9, 2012
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  7. MM said:

    My age is 27 and since couple of months I am suffering from stomach problems. Whatever I eat, I vomit it out after one to 2 hours. I have consulted several physicians. They have recommended tab flagyl, tab claritek, and tab risek. But the problem still persists.

    January 24, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      Your physician probably suspects H. pylori infection in your stomach. It is one of the germs which is found to cause peptic ulcers and inflammation in stomach and first part of intestine. Follow the medicines prescribed by your doctor. In conjunction with the medicines you can take home remedies.
      • Eat more vegetables and fruits as they contain plenty of vitamins. It will help to reduce swelling in the affected part of stomach.
      • Reduce your stress by simple morning walk for 30 minutes. Practice yoga and meditation.
      • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
      • Avoid spicy food and aerated drinks.

      January 24, 2015
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  8. SH said:

    My father was in hospital for 10 days. He had fever, epilepsy and low blood pressure. He was in ICU ward for 2 days. Now his blood pressure and fever is normal. But he complains of pain in stomach. His stool report shows presence of bacteria. What should I do?

    June 8, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      Your father might be suffering from some bacterial infection in his gastrointestinal tract. He should take medications as recommended by his doctor. Yogurt is good for gastrointestinal tract. It helps to maintain healthy bacterial flora of the intestine. It will help in curtailing the infection. However, he has to take the prescribed medications also.

      June 8, 2015
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  9. Ebube said:

    My age is 30. Since my teenage, I always experienced heat in my body after eating, no matter what I ate. I also have stomach cramps and stomach disorder. I was diagnosed of having peptic ulcer and H. pylori infection. I have taken the prescribed course of medication but still I am not feeling well.

    July 16, 2018
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    • PUP said:

      Hot flashes or hot feeling after eating a meal is not uncommon. It can occur due to many reasons. Eating spicy food, drinking caffeinated products, eating too much of sugary food, etc all can trigger feeling of heat in the body. This feeling can occur in women because of hormonal variation. H.pylori infection is the root cause of peptic ulcer. H. pylori is a type of bacteria. Other common problems such as stress, smoking, alcohol, overuse of anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), etc can also cause stomach ulcer. Stomach cramps after eating, bloating, belching, vomiting, are some of its symptoms. H.pylori infection is best treated with certain antibiotics and proton pump inhibitor drugs. Along with the conventional treatment, certain home remedies are also useful in alleviating the symptoms. These home remedies are:
      • Cabbage juice: Cabbage is popular remedy used since ages. Doctors used to recommend cabbage juice before antibiotics were available to cure stomach ulcers. Cabbage juice is effective in treating H. pylori infection.
      • Honey: Honey has anti inflammatory property and anti oxidant property. Honey is known to accelerate wound healing anywhere in the body, including ulcers in stomach.
      • Mastic: Mastic is a resin. It is obtained from mastic tree. The tree is grown mainly in Mediterranean region. Mastic is also called Arabic gum, Yemeni gum, or tears of Chios. The sap of mastic tree is dried and resin is formed. The brittle raisin can be chewed. It becomes soft when chewed. In ancient medicine mastic was used to treat many stomach disorders. According to researchers, mastic has antibacterial property against H. Pylori bacteria.
      • Things that needs to be avoided: Spicy food, alcohol, smoking, too much of coffee and tea, stress.
      • Practice meditation and yoga to reduce stress.
      • Avoid large meals. Instead eat small meals at regular interval. Chew your food properly.

      July 24, 2018
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