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can you get c diff without antibiotics

A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
2-3 months: Can happen after any antibiotic, some more than others; can happen after short-term use. Moral of story: if you don't need them, don't take them. If ... Read More
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
20 years experience Infectious Disease
Often within 60 days: Most cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 2 weeks of taking antibiotics. Almost all (90%) of cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 60 days of taking a ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
C diff: Infections may develop in the absence of recent antibiotic use. Hand washing is the most effective way of preventing infections. There are many other ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
37 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, it is: C diff can happen at any time and it can be 6 months after an antibiotic dose. Some people never have symptoms or they may be mild.
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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Very unlikely!: Although c. Diff (clostridium) is a terrible complication, it most often follows the usage of broad-spectrum antibiotics within days or weeks. The ant ... Read More
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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Unlikely: If six months have passed since you took antibiotics, and you have been symptom free, then c. Diff is not from those long ago antibiotics.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Safe if needed: If you need antibiotics for a documented bacterial infection and not just for a "cold" or non indicated reason it is safe. There is always a risk of ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Several days: Several days depending on the length and severitiy of the infection.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: If antibiotics, the conventional treatment, have not been effective, you may wish to discuss the option of fecal transplant with your doctor. See this ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Not really: C diff is to a certain degree normal in some people
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Boardman
24 years experience General Surgery
Clostridium dfficile: C. diff is not caused by stopping antibiotics but is an opportunistic infection that happens because of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can eliminate ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Misunderstandings...: The exact source of Clostridium difficile (C diff) usually isn't known. It probably usually is contracted from other people, and handwashing is very e ... Read More

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