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Helicobacter pylori and Psoriasis Connection

Helicobacter pylori and Psoriasis Connection

Treat H. Pylori to prevent Aggressive Psoriasis flare-ups.

Psoriasis is a mysterious condition and as we repeatedly say, it is more than skin deep and so many underlining conditions could be contributing to it.

Finding and treating all those possible conditions is the key to treating Psoriasis and pushing it into a long term remission.

As we search for answers and triggers, we already discussed candida and psoriasis, now let’s talk about Gastroenterological problems that could be worsening psoriasis flares.

If you have gastritis or have had stomach ulcers at some point in your life, or, suffer from bad breath even though you have immaculate dental hygiene, then, keep reading. Because the culprit could be the Bacterium called Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori).


What is h. pylori (helicobacter pylori)?

Helicobacter pylori is a common type of bacteria that lives in our digestive tract. The spiral-shaped bacteria affects up to 50% of the population worldwide[1], and In developing countries, 70 to 90% of the population carries H. pylori.[2]

The majority doesn’t have any sign or symptoms and it does not bother them. However, it is also known that H. pylori is the primary cause of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer.[3]

Psoriasis and Helicobacter Pylori connection

A meta-analysis published by Wai Chung YongSikarin Upala, and Anawin Sanguankeo (2018) shows that h. pylori infection is higher in patients with psoriasis. 

The infection in the past may play a role in the abnormal immunological cascade in psoriasis’ pathogenesis. In contrast, an ongoing H. pylori infection may worsen the symptoms of psoriasis.

Therefore, psoriasis patients with Gastrointestinal symptoms or high PASI (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index) score should be screened for H. pylori infection.[4]

Another study also concluded that H. pylori infection influences the development of psoriasis and the severity of the disease.[5]

“I have heard about H. Pylori around 2017 from my gastroenterologist during my regular check-up, she said: “Helicobacter Pylori must be treated because with it, you will not be able to treat psoriasis symptoms and it is the main cause of gastritis, ulcers, stomach cancers and the bad breath is the sign of its presence” and she prescribed antibiotics.

I didn’t take her seriously. as I did not have aggressive flares anyways that time (after leech therapy I was on remission) and I didn’t have any stomach pain, except occasional bloating and mild discomfort.

Later I met another doctor who also said, “it’s not that serious, a lot of people have it, but, it can lead to serious problems” and prescriber antibiotics too.

I didn’t take both of the Prescriptions because I was scared of antibiotics more than any bacterium and worried about liver damage.

However, this year, after it shows up my results again, I finally decided to finish the course of treatment with antibiotics at home and guess what, I feel so light, no stomach discomfort or bloating.

And best of all, my stubborn elbow psoriasis is gone (which was persistent although all my body cleared and was on remission).

I am totally cleared and have nothing to show as psoriasis at this time, hope it stays this way. (except my nails are still damaged) – Jan 25th 2021

Diya (Diagnosed with Psoriasis in 2003 and nail psoriasis in 2011)

What are the symptoms, how do you know if you have h. pylori?

According to the Mayo Clinic[6], a lot of people who has H. pylori infection will never have any signs or symptoms, however, when they occur, they may include:

  • Frequent burping
  • Bloating
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • An ache or burning pain in your abdomen
  • Abdominal pain that’s worse when your stomach is empty

What causes h. pylori?

H. pylori can affect people of any age. Even children can have it. In fact, most people are first exposed to the bacteria during childhood. No one knows for sure how exactly people can get the bacteria.

It could be contaminated food or water, or transmission from person to person during close contact because It has been found in human saliva[7].

Is h.pylori contagious?

Yes, according to health experts H. Pylori is transmittable. However, The mode of transmission of H. pylori remains poorly understood; no single pathway has been clearly identified.

Grubel et al. (29) demonstrated that the housefly has the potential to transmit H. pylori mechanically, and thus fly excreta might theoretically
contaminate food.

This hypothesis may be of the most significant in areas of the world with poor sanitation. Maybe this is why the bacteria rate is much higher in developing countries[8].

How h. pylori tested?

Helicobacter pylori infection can be diagnosed by invasive techniques[9]:

  • Blood test
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy

And by non-invasive techniques

  • Stool test
  • Breath test

How serious is h. pylori, what does it do?

Only your doctor can say how serious is your status of Bacterial growth, after looking at your test results. If you have its symptoms seek your doctor’s advice.

If you have it, do not ignore it, but treat it. As mentioned above it is a bacteria that is known to cause harm, so why take risks.

How h. pylori treated ?

H. pylori is typically treated with a course of antibiotics and acid reflux medications and maybe some protective supplements all prescribed by your doctor.

You must ensure to follow doctors instructions and take the medications on time without missing dosages and complete the full course as prescribed.

Can you get reinfected with h. pylori and what is the recurrence rate?

Yes, but the rate of H. pylori recurrence after eradication of the microorganism seems to be relatively low, at least in developed countries, where the mean annual reinfection rate is of approximately 3% per patient-year of follow-up, although the risk of reinfection in some developing regions is considerably higher.[10]

How to prevent recurrence of h. pylori?

Make sure to take the medication on time and full course as prescribed. Ensure proper hygiene, wash your hands regularly, and try to avoid consuming foods that kept on open display when dining out, especially avoid street food stalls with poor hygiene.

Can h. pylori be treated naturally, and what foods can kill h. pylori?

If you have h. pylori or any stomach complications, it is best you support your treatment with a diet based on natural whole-foods, rich in fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens.

Avoiding trans-fatty foods, soft drinks, alcohol and other harmful ingredients and replacing them with lighter and healthier food options.

Consume foods that will aid the digestive process, and help treat not only h. pylori but so many other gastrointestinal problems, such as gallbladder problems, leaky gut etc.

Below are the ingredients that studied and listed as h. pylori aids.

  • Probiotics
  • Black seed/Black Cumin, Black Caraway, Nigella sativa.
  • Cranberry
  • Garlic
  • Curcumin/Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Pistacia Gum/Arabic gum
  • Mushrooms
  • Green tea
  • Olive oil
  • Liquorice root
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Honey & Propolis
  • Aloe vera

Above ingredients are also recommended for Psoriasis treatment as well. So eliminating unhealthy foods and enriching your diet with these ingredients can be beneficial for both psoriasis and h. pylori and not only.


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People with specific health or allergy needs are advised to consult their doctor before using any remedies. A natural remedy does not mean safe if exceeded recommended doses or if the person is allergic to the ingredients. We recommend doing personal research and allergy test before introducing new ingredients to your diet.

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