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Fremont, CA
A 37-year-old male asked:

Please share an interesting fact about dealing with clostridium difficile infection.

17 doctor answers21 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jim Huehnergarth
52 years experience
Ignore: Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that may cause serious trouble after a course of antibiotics.
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Ignore: Take probiotics, as it seems to help prevent a repeat episode in the future.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Ignore: 20-25%of cases relapse after treatment 1st relapse-repeat Rx 2nd relapse vancomycin taper/pulse Rx.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Ignore: C-Diff is one of the most common hospital acquired infections.
Dr. Nantida Hong
Hospital-based practice 22 years experience
Ignore: Frequent hand washing help prevent spreading of Clostridial infection.
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
C.: C. Difficile infection may require more than one course of treatment.
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Proton: Proton pump inhibitors prescribed for heartburn increase risk for C. difficile infection.
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Ignore: Stool cultures, careful hand hygiene, mediciation and blood testing.
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Ignore: Even though it's usually an antibiotic that causes it, it takes another antibiotic to cure it.
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ignore: Antibiotics can be effective.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 32 years experience
Ignore: Pure soap and water works better at preventing C. Diff infection than Purell/alcohol.
Dr. Virginia Phipps
Hospital-based practice 22 years experience
Ignore: Clean the toilet with bleach. It will kill the spores.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: It is not uncommon for two rounds of antibiotics to be needed to clear up the infection.
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: C. diff can have recurrent infections. You are at risk for this if on antibiotics/immunocompromised.
Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Drinking: Drinking plenty of water and other fluids can help guard against dehydration from diarrhea.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Ignore: Watery bloody diarrhea with fever post broad spectrum antibiotic treatment is likely C.Diff colitis.
Dr. Howard Eskanazy
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ignore: A common signal that C. difficile is present is an extremely foul smelling watery stool.

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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please share a tip in the form of a haiku on dealing with clostridium difficile infection.

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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Ignore: D/c antibiotic 1st, oral Metronidazole or vancomycin if worse, IV if still worse, stool transplant.

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