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docs, what's c diff infection and how do you get it?

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Dr. Daniel Zandman
Gastroenterology 14 years experience
Bacterial infection: Clostridium difficile (c. Diff) is a bacteria that infects the colon or large intestine. It can cause disease ranging from mild diarrhea to severe colitis with organ failure and death. It is associated with the use of antibiotics, which kill off healthy bacteria in your gut allowing space for c diff to grow. It is also associated with exposure to a hospital. Initial treatment is with antibiotics.

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A 53-year-old female asked:

How long does it take to contract c. Diff. After coming in contact with infection?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
CDI sooner or later: We're constantly in contact w/bacteria like c. Diff. We 'eat' the spore or rarely the vegitative (actively growing) bacteria. Stomach acid kills veg form. The spore passes to bowel & hangs out (>1 mo). It can pass out or if conditions are right (normal flora disrupted) due to antibiotics, immunedefic, chronic illnesses, chemo, or bad luck it sprouts to veg form & makes toxins which make us ill.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does a c-diff infection last?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Long if not treated: C. Difficile can cause a prolonged severe colitis if it is not treated. If treated it usually starts to improve 3-4 days into the 10-14 day treatment course. Relapses occur in 25% of cases. These relapses require re-treatment and can continue to recur requiring prolonged pulse/taper vancomycin treatment and even fecal transplant therapy for cure.
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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.

8 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Ignore: D/c antibiotic 1st, oral Metronidazole or vancomycin if worse, IV if still worse, stool transplant.
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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please provide some do's and don'ts on dealing with clostridium difficile infection.

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Never: Never wash your hands with alcohol gel hand cleaner; always wash your hands with soap and water.
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A 37-year-old male asked:

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

20 doctor answers24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jim Huehnergarth
Pathology 51 years experience
Ignore: Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that may cause serious trouble after a course of antibiotics.

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