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is clostridium sporogenes known by another name or have a similar alternative?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC248162/ You may consult the article at the link given above. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What isclostridium difficileand why is it so dangerous?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
C Diff: C diff is a normal gut bacteria that is in almost everyone. Problems arise in hospitalized patients usually who have undergone antibiotic treatments. This kills other bacteria allowing c diff to take over. The bacteria then produces a toxin that causes watery, foul smelling diarrhea. You need to watch for dehydration from this and fluid/electrolyte replacement is needed.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Although c.diff is a common colonic bacteria and may occur naturally in rare patients, it is by no means a normal gut bacteria.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between the spore form and active form of clostridium difficile?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Symptoms...: The nature of the organism; activity level produces clinical symptoms and requires treatment. Speak with your doctor if you require medical attention.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can I leave the country if I have clostridium difficile?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
Probably not: C difficile can be a very serious illness, and recurs in 20 -30% of patients. You must ask your doctor if you should postpone your trip until a time when you are healthier. Foreign travelers should always carry prescribed medications with carry-on and not in checked luggage.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is cdiff?

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Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Infection: Also known as closteridium diff colitis, this is an infection that was once uncommon and seen only in very sick hospitalized patients. It is ironically caused by over use of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the "good bacteria" and this allows the bad bacteria, c diff to grow and it is toxic to the colon and caused diahrea and other colon related issues. It is treated with other antibiotics as well.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can a persons immune system cure a case of cdiff without medicine?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Maybe, but...: Perhaps, but i don't think i'd want to take the risk, since c. Difficile infection can cause very serious problems, even death.

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