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how serious is c-diff?

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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 following such appropriate therapy. That being said, a special probiotic (florastor = sacchromyces boulardes) can help inhibit growth of c.Diff, can help reduce recurrence in at risk populations, and may possibly prophylax against c.Diff infection.
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 condition which could just be pesky outpatient issue but for the sick and elderly who cannot get rid of it and keep relapsing --- readmission can pose other risks.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do people get c diff?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
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 antibiotic, and the more antibiotics used, and the longer used, the more likely a problem will occur. Probiotics(friendly bacteria) can help when taking antibiotics, but may not be enough. Pain, blood, diarrhea, fever are warning signs and need evaluation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can c diff go away on its own?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
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 40-year-old member asked:

How long for c diff symptoms?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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 determine the speed and efficacy of response.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How is c-diff transmitted?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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).
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A female asked:

Is diarrex from hyland s homeopathic a safe product to use after a serious c diff recovery from june 2012 ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Irrelevant: No good evidence it has any effects good or bad in this.

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