How Long After Starting Antibiotics for H Pylori Will I Feel Better

by Sonia

When you begin taking medications for H Pylori when do you start feeling better? I still have a bad taste in my mouth and little pain that comes and goes.

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The antibiotics don't make you feel better
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Sonia,

So, you are confused about what makes you feel better when you are being treated for H pylori. The antibiotics don't make you feel better, but the elimination of the bacterial infection and the subsequent reduction in the inflammation and resuming absorbing nutrients, etc.

Just taking a couple of days of pills is not likely to make you feel better. It's far more complicated than that and you are being unrealistic to believe that it will.

In addition, antibiotics for H pylori have up to a 33% rate of failing to eradicate the H Pylori Bacteria completely, meaning that there is a 1 in 3 chance that you are NOT going to feel better by taking these medications because you'll still have the bacterial infection in your stomach. The only way to know whether the antibiotics even worked is to get tested after you have finished your antibiotic therapy.

And then, if you don't significantly change eating and lifestyle habits to reduce your stress, improve your nutrition, eliminate processed food and improve your immune system, even if you DO get rid of the bacteria, you may get it right back because you didn't change any of the reasons why your body allowed you to get this infection in the first place!

So, the answer to when you will feel better after taking antibiotics for H pylori is.... maybe never. It entirely depends on a whole bunch of factors..

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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PS: Don't forget that I wrote the book on H pylori. Get The H Pylori Solution today and end your struggle with this infection.

Harsh answer, ya think?
by: Anonymous

Where is your sympathy? I believe the person was simply asking when their symptoms should begin improving.

Harsh to tell the truth?
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune Queen

It's harsh to tell the truth?

I'm curious what the 'sympathetic' answer would be if the actual answer is that she may never get better?

The reality of it is that she may never feel better because:

1) She must eliminate her h pylori, and H pylori is difficult to eliminate
2) She may need to change the reasons why she got H pylori in the first place or she will just get it right back
3) She's assuming that H pylori is the cause of her symptoms and it may not be.

Many people live their lives with H pylori and have no symptoms. Just because someone HAS H pylori and also has health problems does not mean that the H pylori is even the cause of their health problems. For me, eliminating H pylori did nothing for my health problems. It was 'incidental' to my health problems and not a cause of them.

There are many forums and support groups that offer sympathy, but not solutions. I prefer to offer reality and truth. I personally feel that explaining reality to someone is the most compassionate thing that can be done.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

PS: Don't forget that I wrote the book on H pylori. Get The H Pylori Solution today and end your struggle with this infection.

by: You are very irritating with your response

But how can a person "stop doing whatever made them obtain the disease" when you and I both know most doctors don't even know the originating source?

Yes, there are ideas about what MAY contribute (most articles argue certain foods), but what actually does?

Your immune system
by: Kerri Knox, RN

I think that you missed my meaning. My meaning of 'stop doing what gave you H pylori in the first place' is to stop doing things, like eating processed foods, that mess up your immune system.

You can never stop getting exposed to H pylori. Half the world has it, probably people like your mother or grandmother, and I wouldn't want anyone to stop hugging or kissing their grandmother out of fear of getting H pylori.

Nurse Knox
by: PhilipMillerSaid

Nurse Knox I salute you. For a GOOD Nurse, knows a Patient deserves the Truth. And a GOOD Patient should be Thankful for the Strength and Compassion they've just received.

When will the meds start working?
by: Rosetta Cosentina

I just recently started taking my H Pylori meds and already I feel better!!... No more pain in the top of my stomach! I had attributed that pain to the drugs that I was taking... drugs to counteract all my other pain in my joints and ligaments, that accompanied my elevated inflammation. This morning I have not yet taken my Naproxen pill. So far so good! No pain in my hands, feet, back or knees!

How Long After Starting Antibiotics for H Pylori Will I Feel Better
by: Anonymous

You did not tell the truth. You are not well informed and sound angry. There is lots of info about H. Pylori out there. You stated that 30% don't get healed. It doesn't mean that person won't be part of the 70%. Be truthful, which you were not entirely, should never be followed by unkindness. Do your research, inform others well. Most people do get healed completely and feel better two weeks after the treatment.

Kerri's Note: What part of "30% don't get healed" means that 70% also don't? I do not understand your complaint about that in the least. But thank you for your comment.

I have personal experience with people not eradicating time after time after time, and that's why I wrote the book. I'm not sure why that would be a bad thing, but it seems you believe it is.

Pylori h
by: Jay

I have been taking 3 kinds of medication for pylori h
That made me sick to my stomach been on them for 6 days had a bad reaction itchy lips mouth throat and dizzy I told my doctor I will not take anything else my body is so sencentive to meds my question is do you think 6 days of antibiotics has healed my infection and also is there something that I can buy from the health store pylori h I just can not take antibiotics no more

Kerri's note: You have to get tested to know if you have eradicated. And if you have not, that is why I wrote the book The H Pylori Solution, in order to help people who have failed eradication many times finally eliminate it once and for all.

Thanks for the optimism
by: Anonymous

Gee that answer gave me hope... NOT. Thanks for the positive outlook. I just started treatment and now after reading this it’s left me quite distressed. So thanks.

Kerri's note: I'm sorry it left you distressed. But healing H pylori is not about 'hope', it's about taking the actions that need to be taken. Sometimes the truth is a bitter pill to swallow. If you fail to eradicate, and I hope you do eradicate and don't have to worry about this info any more, you'll be thankful for the information.

Bad answer
by: Anonymous

This has not answered the question, which was how long should one expect treatment to improve symptoms. Every infection has a chance of none improvement towards any treatment, that is just the way it is - but that doesn't address the question - it's just a general medical fact. The answer is - You will usually see an improvement within 3 days, however you must continue with treatment until it is completed. However, you may well experience digestive issues for weeks to months, but the worst will be over as the infection clears, which will begin in around 3 days.

How can I answer?
by: Kerri Knox

You have to understand that there is no answer to that question. I gave the MANY MANY conditions as to why and the problems associated with why no one can answer that question.

Are you SURE your symptoms are even from H pylori? I've helped thousands of people eradicate their H pylori and many don't even feel better because H pylori was not causing their symptoms.

About 1/2 the people in the world who are infected never even HAVE symptoms! So how can I possibly tell you when your symptoms will improve when there is no certainty they will ever improve IF you ever eradicate.

And then there is the fact that you might not even eradicate and may have to do this several times.

Then there are those who are taking antibiotics to eliminate it and damaging their gut flora, and so trading one infection for another. Will they get better when they do that? I don't know.

I wish that the answer was different, but that is the reality. There are hundreds of factors to take into account. Reality is not so clean cut as the theory that you just take antibiotics, eliminate the infection, and automatically get better.

How long do I remain contagious after beginning antibiotics for pylori?
by: Anonymous

The question I have is how long after beginning these antibiotics are you still contagious if you had an active infection?

How long do I remain contagious after beginning antibiotics for pylori?
by: Anonymous

The question I have is how long after beginning these antibiotics are you still contagious if you had an active infection? I'm not asking about feeling better.

It depends
by: Anonymous

I was reading it could take 8+ months to start feeling better even after the infection is gone. Alot of people dont realize that h.pylori can be contagious through kissing, oral sex etc, so usually your partner or whole household should be treated to prevent from passing it back again after the course of antibiotics, h.pylori can cause several chronic health issues as well such as ulcers, hernias, gerd, vomiting, dry heaving, allergies, leaky gut syndrome, auto immune disease, cancer, etc. So depending on what's causing your symptoms it's hard to say. I hope this helps.

You stressed me out by reading your answer!
by: Anonymous

My 4 year old is on meds for H pylori and reading your answer made me cry!!!
So you’re saying 1 in 3 won’t be healed unless they buy your book!!!!
And you know what?! My child has been feeling better 3rd day of taking the 3 meds he’s been prescribed, that’s why I was googling if someone else felt better so fast, and unfortunately I tripped by your harsh answer :(

Kerri Knox
by: Anonymous

I appreciate what Kerri Knox is saying! She is just saying it like it is! I would rather hear the truth instead of sugar coating the facts. I am being treated for H Palori even though I tested negative. My doctor believes that I have H Palori but I certainly don’t expect a miracle from the anti-biotics that I am now taking. I plan to make a drastic change in my eating habits and life style.

Thank you
by: Lucia

I was looking for a general time line "when" I may feel a difference in pain, you have answered my question a few comments back. You say about day 3 so one has to assume that each day going forward with the meds I should feel better and see some improvement. I continue to have some pain and bloating, it lasts any where from 30 -60 minutes after I have a very light meal. Any suggests?

Kerri Knox
by: Anonymous

You clearly have no clue about the bacteria. I know more about h pylori and I’m no doctor or nurse or anything as for that matter. I eat healthy, I do yoga , walk, don’t smoke and very very occasionally drink. So first of all the diet is not the factor !!!! You can get the bacteria through saliva, sweat etc..And you clearly said that the stress will help the bacteria grow and you just stressed out more then most of the ppl that actually have it!!!! I’m all about the truth and hard core truth no problem, but your not telling the truth , you should go back to school and learn more, or even go google it.

Talk positive and positive will follow you

by: Anonymous

I don’t eat unhealthy. I have tons of other medical issues, so for you to presume that I need to change my eating and lifestyle habits Is not accurate. Fact is the doctor said he had no idea how I got it. I’m in high school so I could have picked it up there .

H plylori debate
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with H pylori in 2008 and took the 3 med regimen for 14 days and was cured! No test to confirm but all symptoms disappeared. I was just diagnosed again with it in 2019 ( that’s 11 years later)! Now I am on the regime again, hopeful of the intended results again. For all those that are suffering ( and if on same regimen - which is standard), antibiotics will not help you feel better. Actually they may make you feel worse— tons of Gastro side effects. However, I am to attest that it does work!! And with all due respect to Knox( because I like the truth!) the success rate for this regime of amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and Prilosec is 70-80%.

Hope this helps!

Did you eradicate it?
by: Kerri Knox

It depends upon if you eradicated the infection or not. I can't answer that question because you don't even eliminate the toxins in your stool for over a month after you eradicate the infection. So, you don't even find out IF you eradicated the infection for at least a month after you have effectively eradicated it.

1 in 3 will fail
by: Kerri Knox

1 in 3 will fail to eradicate with the standard of care doctors give you, ie: antibiotics and PPI. Full stop. I'm sorry that makes you upset, but those are the facts.

I provide information that can help those interested to beat the odds using information doctors do not provide.

Doctors SHOULD make you cry since they do not research basic information that can help more people. My information should make you happy that you can beat the odds.

Diet is a factor, of course.
by: Kerri Knox

If you are so healthy, why did you acquire a chronic infection? Of course you diet is a factor since your immune system allowed you to get sick, because your diet is inadequate.

Almost no one who says they eat 'healthy' actually does. They are eating primarily plant foods with antinutrients and inflammatory components that destroy the gut.

The more that I do research on diet, the more I find that diet has EVERYTHING to do with health. You simply would not have acquired a chronic infection that causes you inflammation and symptoms if you were eating healthy and your body was well nourished.

you're eating unhealthy
by: Kerri Knox

If you have tons of medical conditions and a chronic gastrointestinal infection, you are eating unhealthy. End of story. That you think you are eating healthy is simply lack of education.

And no one can know the SOURCE of your infection, but that doesn't mean we can't know that your unhealthy eating habits were a factor in HOW you acquired this infection. It's because you're unhealthy and your unhealthy eating habits weakened your immune system and allowed you to get infected and become ill.

A healthy immune system would have simply fought off the infection.

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