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The stomach ulcer test kit is an easy to use immunological test. It looks for antibodies triggered by an immune response to a bacterial infection of helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) - a bacterium which commonly causes ulcers in the stomach.
The test can be performed from the comfort of your own home and provides results in mere minutes. The result is presented as coloured bars, similar to a pregnancy test, which are easy to interpret using the enclosed leaflet.
When you buy a SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer Test online from Prescription Doctor, our UK pharmacy will dispatch straight to your door via a confidential 24hr delivery service.
Stomach ulcers - sometimes referred to as gastric ulcers or peptic ulcers - are open sores in the lining of the stomach.
Symptoms of a stomach ulcer include:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call NHS 111 or go straight to the nearest accident and emergency department:
Stomach ulcers can be caused by taking NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, at high doses or for a prolonged period. In most cases, stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterium called helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). According to the NHS, there is little evidence to suggest that eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol contribute to the development of stomach ulcers, though they may exacerbate your symptoms.
H. pylori is a bacterium which has developed to survive the acidic environment of the stomach. It uses its flagellum (tail) to swim through the gastric fluids and buries itself into the less acidic lining of the stomach (epithelium). The bacteria damage the epithelial cells, resulting in inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) and stomach ulcers.
While it is understood that H. pylori is contagious, it not known exactly how the bacteria is transmitted. It is thought that the bacteria is spread via gastric mucous through either the oral-oral or fecal-oral routes.
A person can be infected with H. pylori from a young age but not experience symptoms until later in life. Furthermore, links have been found between long-term infections of H. pylori infections and stomach cancer.
Stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori are typically treated with an antibiotic, to kill the bacteria, and an antacid, such as pantoprazole, to manage associated symptoms such as heartburn.
If left untreated, stomach ulcers can cause very serious complications such as internal bleeding, gastric obstructions and perforation of the stomach. Therefore, it is very important to seek treatment and advice if you suspect you have a stomach ulcer.
The SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer Test is an at-home blood test which detects specific antibodies associated with H. pylori infections.
Antibodies are chemicals released by the body's immune system in response to bacteria and viruses. Certain infections release specific kinds of antibodies. These specified antibodies can be used to identify the presence of a specific virus or bacteria.
The test is conducted entirely at home and doesn't require you to send off any samples. Unlike a laboratory test, this home test provides results in minutes making it fast and convenient. Using the enclosed leaflet, you and your healthcare provider can interpret the results and, if needed, discuss an appropriate course of treatment.
The SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer Test comes with everything you need to conduct the test from the privacy of your own home. You need to follow the enclosed instructions very carefully to ensure an accurate result. Make sure you read all the information pertaining the home test kit before proceeding with the test.
Each test comes with:
You will also need:
Before you perform the test, ensure that you have all the necessary apparatus to conduct the test.
Check there is liquid (buffer solution) inside the bottle. You should only use the buffer solution provided with the test kit.
Do not open the foil package until you are ready to take the test.
Do not use the test if the foil package is damaged.
Wash your hands with soap and water before taking the test. You can use alcohol swabs or wipes to sterilise the finger you will be lancing, though these wipes are not included with the test. Dry your hands before acquiring the sample.
1.) Remove the test cassette from the foil packaging and place it on a flat surface. Discard of the desiccant (small white package) out of the sight and reach from children and pets.
2.) Remove the safety cap from the lancet by twisting it until it clicks. Separate the protective cap by twisting the cap through a complete revolution, being careful not to press the trigger at the top of the lancet. Put the safety cap to one side.
3.) Press the lancing end of the lancet against your middle fingertip and press the trigger to release the needle. The lancet will prick your finger.
4.) With your entire arm hanging down, and your pricked finger pointing to the ground, wait for a large drop of blood to form at the end of your finger. You may need to squeeze or massage the sides of your finger to promote blood flow.
5.) Hold your pricked finger over the test field on the test cassette. The test field is marked with "S1". Allow the drop of blood to fall into the test area. Do not touch the test area with your finger. As soon as the drop of blood is on the test area, wait for 30 seconds.
During this 30-second period, you can cover your finger with the plaster included with your test kit.
6.) Unscrew the cap from the buffer solution and slowly add 9 drops to the buffer field marked with "S2".
Wait for 10 minutes. Waiting for less than or more than 10 minutes may cause unreliable results.
7.) Evaluate the results.
The results should appear on the cassette within 10 minutes of applying the buffer solution.
After waiting 10 minutes for the result, you have a 5-minute window in which you should interpret your result. Waiting any longer may yield a false interpretation and render the test invalid.
Once you have read your result, you should safely discard the test equipment. You can throw away the used lancet, test cassette and buffer solution in your household waste. However, you should ensure that the used equipment is out of sight and reach from children and pets.
Do not discard any of the testing equipment via water waste (i.e Do not flush any testing apparatus down the toilet).
If your home test produces a positive result, you should speak to your GP as soon as possible. They will be able to conduct an examination and advise what treatment would be best for you.
If the test result is negative but you are experiencing the symptoms of a stomach ulcer, speak to your doctor to arrange an examination.
This test only looks for the presence of bacteria which causes stomach ulcers. But H. pylori is not the only cause of stomach ulcers.
If the test result is invalid, contact the manufacturer. Further information about this can be found in the leaflet enclosed with the home test kit.
With appropriate treatment, a gastric ulcer may take up to 3 months to completely heal. Your doctor will discuss with you the most suitable treatment for you, which may include antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors, which are medicines often used for heartburn.
Stomach ulcers are commonly caused by bacteria or by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Depending on the cause, your doctor may recommend changes to your lifestyle or medicine to prevent your risk. Things you can do include taking NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, with food - this can prevent the drug irritating the lining of the stomach. In some people, the bacteria which resides in the stomach lining can cause irritation, making them more susceptible to developing stomach ulcers. Smoking can also be a contributing factor to developing stomach ulcers, so quitting smoking may reduce your risk.
The test result cannot be interpreted reliably after 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you should discard the test cassette once you have read your result. You should retake the test, ensuring that you follow the instructions carefully.
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