Ulcer (Helicobacter pylori)
Guess what? Stress doesn't cause ulcers -- microbes do! But we guarantee that this little guy will give your most stressed out pal a laugh.
|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
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All about Ulcer (Helicobacter pylori)
|Name||The genus name, Helicobacter, stems from the Greek root, “helix” which describes the bacterium’s curvy shape. Pylori stems from the Greek root “pulouros” which means gatekeeper. This describes the opening between the stomach and the duodenum, where the ulcers form.|
|Actual Size||H. pylori is an S-shaped bacterium about 0.5 x 5 micrometers. It has 5 to 7 tails on one end, called polar flagella.|
|Where It Lives||Peptic ulcers are painful sores that are found in the stomach or intestines. They can be caused by several things like stress, smoking, or an underlying disease. Most commonly, stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. It spreads through contaminated water.|
|Symptoms||Causes peptic ulcers, or wounds, inside the stomach and intestines.|
|Cure||Antibiotics to kill the bacteria and antacids to help the stomach lining heal.|
|History||First discovered in 1982 by two Australian researchers named Robin Warren and Barry Marshall. They won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2005!|
About 70% of people living in developing countries are infected with H. pylori and the majority of them don’t experience any symptoms.
Famous people who had it:
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized for a perforated ulcer that was one centimeter big! That’s like a hole in your stomach big enough to fit a pencil!