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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Clostridium Difficile (Definition)

C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, ...Read more


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Hospitalized. C. Diff. Dehydrated. Just noticed my penis is smaller. Bit pale. Tip bit rinckley. Is this normal. Dehydration cause this?

Hospitalized. C. Diff. Dehydrated. Just noticed my penis is smaller. Bit pale. Tip bit rinckley. Is this normal. Dehydration cause this?

Dehydration: When you are dehydrated blood flow to the skin is decreased leading to the appearance. Further more you are in discomfort and probably less stimulated leading to reduced blood flow to the penis. ...Read more

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My father-in-law was diagnosis w/C Diff 6 months ago & still has it but has never required hospitalization. Is it safe for him to be around my 1.5yr old?

My father-in-law was diagnosis w/C Diff 6 months ago & still has it but has never required hospitalization. Is it safe for him to be around my 1.5yr old?

Yes: Since this is occasionally found in the stools of normal kids, I see no reason to treat the FIL like he has EBOLA. Just practice good personal hygiene/hand washing as always and don't consider it as anything special. ...Read more

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My boss was in the hospital with c diff and completed antiobiotic. My son has had stomach pain and diarrhea for 5 days. I am fine. Could my son have i?

My boss was in the hospital with c diff and completed antiobiotic. My son has had stomach pain and diarrhea for 5 days. I am fine. Could my son have i?

Is it watery?: C diff colitis diarrhea is a foul smelling watery diarrhea usually associated with post antibiotic use but can happen after contact with a patient with c diff. May be this is something else. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get rid of c diff o was in the hospital for 15 days and was treated with vancomycin and a week later I am back in the hospital in sever stomach pain again back on the vancomycin is this normal I do also have lupus.

How long should it take to get rid of c diff o was in the hospital for 15 days and was treated with vancomycin and a week later I am back in the hospital in sever stomach pain again back on the vancomycin is this normal I do also have lupus.

Cl diff: Are you on any medications for your lupus? What the trigger for your first episode of cl diff? Was that related to a course of abx? Have you been tested with flagyl also? Most cl diff will respond to vancomycin but there are other options. Request a consult with an Infectoius disease doc. In some cases a new agent that may be more effective than either of the abx may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you get c-diff without a colon? My fiance is in the hospital right now. He's having serve diarrhea, stomach pain, and headache along with extreme nausea. The doctor said that he has c-diff but the thing is he got his entire colon removed back in 2010.

Can you get c-diff without a colon? My fiance is in the hospital right now. He's having serve diarrhea, stomach pain, and headache along with extreme nausea. The doctor said that he has c-diff but the thing is he got his entire colon removed back in 2010.

Even: Even though it is very rare (only 19 cases reported as of 2009), it is possible to have a c. Difficile infection without a colon. I attached the abstract of the paper that describes it below. I hope your fiance is feeling better soon! ...Read more

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How serious is c-diff?

How serious is c-diff?

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. ...Read more

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What is done for c diff?

What is done for c diff?

Antibiotics: Such as Flagyl and vancomycin are the mainstay of treatment. However great sucess is had with fecal transplants. ...Read more

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How do people get c diff?

How do people get c diff?

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. ...Read more

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How long does c-diff last?

Depends: In most cases, c diff is treated with 2 weeks of antibiotics. This is effective around 85% of the time, but 15% can "relapse" after their antibiotics. This requires more antibiotics. After that, an even higher % will have a 2nd relapse. Treatment is with even more antibiotics. And so on. Some patients have had relapsing diff for years! We can often cure them with a stool transplant. ...Read more

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How is c-diff transmitted?

Stool contact: You generally acquire it by taking antibiotics, but it can also be transmitted from person-to-person (contact with stool). ...Read more

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How long for c diff symptoms?

How long for c diff symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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Does c diff cause mental loss?

No: C. Diff infects the colon and causes inflammation, or "colitis, " whih leads to diarrhea. It does not have any direct effect on the brain, if that is what is meant by "mental loss.". ...Read more

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Can c diff go away on its own?

Can c diff go away on its own?

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. ...Read more

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What is success rate of curing c.diff?

C diff: About > 80% are cured, though it may recur. There a number of drugs and strategies. Metrrnidazole, Vancomycin, Fidaxomicin, probiotics (important) and recently fecal transfer. ...Read more

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Please advise how to slow down my c-diff?

C. diff: It is difficult to know what you mean by "slow down." if you have recurrent c. Diff colitis, chronic diarrhea may be one major problem. Treatment is by eradication w/ antibiotics (eg, flagyl, vancomycin, rifaximin). I do not recommend anti-diarrheal meds. If your c. Diff is recurrent, seek a referral to an md experienced in treating resistant cases, as options may include fecal transplant. ...Read more

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What can you do when someone is a suspect of c diff?

What can you do when someone is a suspect of c diff?

See doctor: The person should consult his/her doctor to determine if s/he needs to be tested for C diff. ...Read more

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I had c diff a year ago am I succeptable to get it again?

Depends: If you get exposed to more antibiotic therapy, your risk will increase. I think it will also depend on how healthy your digestive track is after your infection last year. Stay on a whole food diet rich in fiber, take a good probiotic and stay away from antibiotics if you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of c-diff and when should you seek help?

Diarrhea/cramps: Diarrhea (3 or more loose stools per day), abdominal cramps and pain, fever and an elevated WBC count are the most common findings in c. Difficile induced colitis. You should see a physician if you have the symptoms listed above after taking a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long after having c diff can you get it again. Been about 3 months?

C diff: Clostridium difficille bowel infections can happen anytime and re infection can happen despite being fully treated. If your having symptoms go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does c diff recurr. Can someone be free of this bug? Or a life battle?

C. difficile: This can recur for several reasons, either inadequate treatment, treatment with drugs that do not affect the spore form of the organism, reinfection (usually from a life partner), high organism loads without reconstitution of normal colon flora, etc. You can have this eradicated but need input from an expert in this area. See an infectious diseases doctor. ...Read more

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Wat are the main meds that can cause c diff? Can u get c diff without taking meds?

Antibiotics/Yes,,,: Antibiotics are the main reason for a c diff infection as c diff is present in your intestines and is relatively harmless unless an antibiotic wipes out other bacteria that compete with it there. Clindamycin among others is a common cause of this. Since it's in your gut and in hospitals it's possible to have at least a mild infection of this without meds. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What's the chances of recovering from c. Diff. Wats the chances of getting more worse?

Good chance: With the appropriate culture and sensitivity testing, the c-diff can be treated successfully, and as long as you avoid the contact with the 'bug" you should not get it again. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of c diff and symptoms of recovery from it? Could it be treated on itself?

Clostridium difficil: Severe explosive green diarrhea. Extreme foul odor. Can occur spontaneously. But more often follows a course of broad spectrum antoibiotics. Abdominal pain, gas and fever can accompany this all. Toxins (A & B) being produced causing the symptoms. I've treated hundreds of cases of Cdiff. And yes it can spontaneously resolve in some. But best for antibiotics (Dificid, Flagyl, Oral vancomycin). ...Read more

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Ok to eat boost nutrition bars. Chocolate. Havein c. Diff. On meds don't wanna irritate anything?

No problem: Your GI tract is already upset, so protein from regular meal or condensed bar will not change much. You might try 'live culture' yogurt along with it, though, as may help repopulate the GI tract with normal / healthy flora more rapidly. ...Read more

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Wats the chance when bein treated for c diff the meds may not work. & c diff not clear up. Can that happen.

C. difficile: Yes, this can happen. There are strains of this organism that can be difficult to bring under control, but an infectious diseases doctor will know how to apply alternative methods of treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's a normal body temp. What temp should u be concerned about. C. Diff. Temp stays around 99.5. And lower.

Temp isn't the issue: Normal body temp is 97.8f. A low grade fever is 100.4f and high grade fever is 101.4f and above. 99.5f is not bad. However, if diarrhea is frequent, abdominal pain is present, and you feel worse, these symptoms are more concerning and should prompt you to get a clinical re-evaluation as quickly as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Zandman
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Clostridium Difficile Infection (Definition)

Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can cause intestinal infection and diarrhea. It more commonly ...Read more