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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Can be very serious: C. Difficile, when pathologic, is a bacterial infection and as such warrants specialized antibiotic treatment with documentation of eradication follow... Read More
Dr. Nelson Nicolasora
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Serious enough: Depending on the strain type some may end up dying from this or require surgical emoval of the large bowel to survive. In some cases it is a relapsing... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Antibiotics : Such as Flagyl and vancomycin are the mainstay of treatment. However great sucess is had with fecal transplants.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Usually antibiotics: C.Difficile is a common bacteria that can cause problems when the normal bacteria of the gut/intestines is wiped out. This can happen with any antibio... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Stool contact: You generally acquire it by taking antibiotics, but it can also be transmitted from person-to-person (contact with stool).
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Zandman
Gastroenterology 14 years experience
Depends: In most cases, c diff is treated with 2 weeks of antibiotics. This is effective around 85% of the time, but 15% can "relapse" after their antibiotics.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Depends: The severity of disease at time of onset, the appropriateness of therapy, the immune status of the individual, and other factors will help to determin... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Rarely: Yes, but not often. Most of the time c. Diff needs to be treated with an antibiotic (there are a few) before it improves.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Zandman
Gastroenterology 14 years experience
No: C. Diff infects the colon and causes inflammation, or "colitis, " whih leads to diarrhea. It does not have any direct effect on the brain, if that is ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Many cases can : Resolve but there are really no 'home remedies'.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
C diff: About > 80% are cured, though it may recur. There a number of drugs and strategies. metrrnidazole, Vancomycin, Fidaxomicin, probiotics ( important ... Read More

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