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Stool sample c. Diff positive. How long does it last? How to know when it's gone. Will Flagyl alone cure it? Can I go to work? Are more tests needed?

Stool sample c. Diff positive. How long does it last? How to know when it's gone. Will Flagyl alone cure it? Can I go to work? Are more tests needed?

C. Diff: If you are infected with c. Difficile, which can be treated with a simple course of Flagyl for 10 days. You do not need to recheck the status of c. Diff toxin unless your diarrhea persist. No need to check c. Diff status if you do not have diarrhea. ...Read more

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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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 long does a c-diff infection last?

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. ...Read more

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C. Diff positive. Diaherra. Nasty color. No appetite. Lack energy. Feel weak. Just a ill feeling like got hit by train. How long does diaherra last?

C. Diff diarrhea: Since c. Diff can be caused by overgrowth due to antibiotic usage, the first thing is to stop the antibiotic. You can use probiotics to replenish normal intestinal flora and be placed on a proper antibiotic such as Flagyl or vancomycin to kill off the c diff organism. ...Read more

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On Flagyl for c. Diff. Having more diaherra since on meds. That normal? How long can infection last. Herd 2 years. That right? Real fatigue. Weak.

On Flagyl for c. Diff. Having more diaherra since on meds. That normal? How long can infection last. Herd 2 years. That right? Real fatigue. Weak.

See your doctor: C. Diff. Infections can be severe and difficult to treat. Resistance to Flagyl has become more common. You need to consult with your doctor about possibly changing to a different med. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea, bleeding, abd pain/bloating, nausea 1 yr. Norm upper/lower GI, neg ova/parasite tests, positive c diff. Can c diff last that long?

I have diarrhea, bleeding, abd pain/bloating, nausea 1 yr. Norm upper/lower GI, neg ova/parasite tests, positive c diff. Can c diff last that long?

Yes!: If you have above symptoms and past history of C Diff- sometimes it can be antibiotic resistant strain. You should be retested and seek medical attention ASAP! Besides it nutrition is very important: eat daily high dose probiotic food (KEFIR, Greek plain Yogurt, Danactive, Lassi) and pod supplement as VSL#3 450-900 billions bacteria. Keep hydrated. Don't procrastinate to see doctor. ...Read more

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How long will metro take to show some improvement on c.diff? How long will it take to cure? Will my digestive system be back to normal? Thank you

How long will metro take to show some improvement on c.diff? How long will it take to cure? Will my digestive system be back to normal? Thank you

You should: Start to have relief within 3 days. If you are feeling no better, talk to your doctor about your concerns and whether you might need an alternate treatment. We typically treat for 10-14 days. Once you're done, try a daily probiotic. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea a week. My doctor had my stool tested. He is testing me for c diff...How long will it take for the results to come back?

I've had diarrhea a week. My doctor had my stool tested. He is testing me for c diff...How long will it take for the results to come back?

C. difficile: It depends on the laboratory what the turn around time is, but a stool c. Diff toxin test can often be resulted within 24 hours. ...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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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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Have c-diff, taking metronidazoleon day 4, of 14, stepped on a tac pin next to cat litterbox, last tentus shot 12/2005. Can and should I get a boster?

Have c-diff, taking metronidazoleon day 4, of 14, stepped on a tac pin next to cat litterbox, last tentus shot 12/2005. Can and should I get a boster?

Yes: Recommendations are to receive a Tetanus booster every 10 years as needed.

A simple puncture wound or a burn is an indication for the Booster.
You are theoretically covered for another 5 months, but it is probably wise to get your booster in the next couple of days.
There is no drug interactions with Flagyl ...Read more

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How long is c diff contagious?

Good question: Hard to say. We don't routinely test patients with c diff to confirm eradication after treatment, because they can still be asymptomatic carriers (test positive but feeling well). So are they contagious? Probably not. The vast majority of people exposed to someone with prior c diff don't get sick. But exposure to active c diff could lead to colonization, or even infection if on antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long is one considered contagious with c diff?

Depends: If you are intimate with the individual who has had c. Difficile colitis they may still be a stool carrier and have the potential to give it to you. If this is casual contact, transmission is not likely once the diarrhea has stopped. But continue washing hands and taking routine sanitary precautions. ...Read more

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I had diarreah last week. I tested positive for c diff my dr does not want to treat it because my duarreah is gone.

I had diarreah last week. I tested positive for c diff my dr does not want to treat it because my duarreah is gone.

Listen to doctor: About 3% of people have C diff in their intestine. If the diarrhea is gone, there is no need to treat the C diff infection, it will only add to your problems.
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. ...Read more

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Are all cases of c diff treatable? Does it ever go away? How long until u can say your free of it? Any affects afterwords

C. Diff: Yes, there is great tx. Make an appt with your doctor. Usually 7-10 days depending on the treatment and your symptoms. Your dr. Will recommend the best diet while you are in treatment as duration and confirmation of treatment success. ...Read more

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Found out last night I have c.Diff. Getting put on vancomycin but still afraid I can die. I have lost a lot of weight and feel horrible. Help please!

Found out last night I have c.Diff. Getting put on vancomycin but still afraid I can die. I have lost a lot of weight and feel horrible. Help please!

Try these things:: Pseudomembranous colitis can be serious and occasionally fatal if not treated but now that you are being treated you should do fine. Complications can come from dehydration ; low potassium/magnesium. Chop up greens, onions/garlic ; potatoes, add salt, simmer 20 min. ; drink the broth- a couple quarts a day. Also take culturelle, a probiotic proven to help c. Diff. Rest ; reduce stress.See comment:. ...Read more

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How long after finishing antibiotics would c diff appear?

How long after finishing antibiotics would c diff appear?

Time can be variable: There's a variation in time from sooner to later. If this is a suspicion your physician can test it. ...Read more

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How long am I contagious after starting vancomycin for c diff?

How long am I contagious after starting vancomycin for c diff?

Depends: Depends on if your symptoms totally resolve on the vancomycin. Generally 10 to 14 days. However some people are carriers and have no symptoms.
Get a stool check when you feel better to answer this question totally. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get c.Diff 6 months after last dose of antibiotics?

Is it possible to get c.Diff 6 months after last dose of antibiotics?

Yes, it is: C diff can happen at any time and it can be 6 months after an antibiotic dose. Some people never have symptoms or they may be mild. ...Read more

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How long does it take to feel back to yourself after a c diff infection?

Difficult to say: But things should improve as soon as you start having loose stools. That being said, you can still have a positive c diff stool test up to thirty days after affective treatment, so give yourself a month after symptoms resolve and see if you have returned to your baseline. If symptoms recur, make sure to let your doc know. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long do need to stay out of O.R. rotations after starting flagyl for C-Diff?

Till diarrhea stops: Hand washing with soap is especially important to prevent transmission of infection. About 3% of healthy people carry C diff in their intestine. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Can there be any long term effects after finally getting a negative test result with c. Diff?

Probably not: But there is a risk of recurrence, especially if antibiotic therapy is required for a different process. ...Read more

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How lond does c. Diff diaherra usually last after taking the vag. Med. Any foods to eat or not eat?

See your doctor: Persistence of diarrhea after therapy for c. Diff. May indicate failure of treatment which is not uncommon. See your doctor to confirm cure or try different med if infection is still present. Dietary manipulation will not help you. ...Read more

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Ihave c diff & given flagyl. I have been on it 5 days without improvement. How long does this take to clear up? Any home pain remedies?

Ihave c diff & given flagyl. I have been on it 5 days without improvement. How long does this take to clear up? Any home pain remedies?

Difficult infection: C difficile can be a major and an aggravating infection! There can be resistant infections that can take weeks to finally resolve. Bowel infections may take longer to treat in the sense that they are no longer infected, but not yet symptom-free. Continue with plenty of hydration and fiber in the diet. Follow up with your Family Doc if you finish the Flagyl, but still feel sick! ...Read more

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36, fem, C-Diff infec 30 dys ago. Was on Vancomycin. Better. C-scopy - no maj. Inflam. Feel full in anal area. How long before normal? Residual Sympts?

36, fem, C-Diff infec 30 dys ago. Was on Vancomycin. Better. C-scopy - no maj. Inflam. Feel full in anal area. How long before normal? Residual Sympts?

Repeat testing: C diif is sometimes not eradicated with a first course of an antibiotic. It is therefore very important to repeat the testing to confirm eradication of the infection. If repeat testing confirms eradication of infection and you are still having gastrointestinal symptoms then it is very important to have a consult with a gastrointestinal specialist ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully recover from c. Diff. Any after complications? How long till stool gets back to normal after meds. Thank you

C.diff: It may take upto one week to get the stools to get back to normal and may take up to 4-6 weeks for complete recovery of colitis. Good luck! ...Read more

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How many days for symptoms to improve Vancomycin for c.diff? Flagyl did not cure. How long wait before try another ABX? When should let Dr know?

C diff: This has become VERY hard to treat. If no better in 7-10 days then may need to try different treatment. I know it sounds gross but fecal transplants (instilling infusion of stool free of c diff into your colon) have been helpful in tough cases. Hope this helps. Best of luck Dr R ...Read more

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When I had C-diff my a platelets were 599 x10E3/UL. I no longer have c-diff, but my platelets are stil high at 406 x10E3/UL 6 weeks later. Normal??

When I had C-diff my a platelets were 599 x10E3/UL. I no longer have c-diff, but my platelets are stil high at 406 x10E3/UL 6 weeks later. Normal??

I think: You should be evaluated for chronic blood loss. perhaps GI secondary to residual inflammation after the C diff infection!

High platelet counts may be associated with BLOOD LOSS

Just a thought!
Hope it's helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I just recovered from c -diff last year now my immune system so weird and weakness anything to help recommend what to do & eat make me healthy again?

I just recovered from c -diff last year now my immune system so weird and weakness anything to help recommend what to do & eat make me healthy again?

The usual advice: There is no secret to a healthy life: regular sleep, healthy meals with mostly plants, regular exercise. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. Manage your stress. Have an active and healthy social life. When you are happy, your body is healthier. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

Often within 60 days: Most cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 2 weeks of taking antibiotics. Almost all (90%) of cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 60 days of taking antibiotics. However, a few cases may occur up to 3 months or longer after antibiotics. Other risk factors for developing c. Diff colitis include: age >65; hospitalization, chemotherapy, GI surgery & procedures, HIV & use of proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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How long after begining oral antibiotics is c diff colitis contagious?

How long after begining oral antibiotics is c diff colitis contagious?

DEPENDS!: It will greatly depend first and foremost on whether or not the C. Diff responds to or is susceptible to the chosen antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long might it take my stomach to get back to normal after having c-diff?

Depends: C. Diff does not bother your stomach, it bothers your colon and can be fatal. Your recovery can take a long time or it can be quick if a fecal enema is used. That will usually fix c diff in a couple of hours. You need to get rid of the "ick" factor though. Also you need to have a doctor who knows about it and has the guts to use it. Better than an autopsy imho. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of clostridium (c diff) infection on my child's health?

C.difficile in kids: C.Difficile is frequently cultured from the stool of healthy newborns but considered pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff may cause pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicate inflammatory bowel disease, cause fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Get treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of c-diff? I have been on antibiotics 3 times in the past 6 months and am still having symtoms

How long does it take to get rid of c-diff? I have been on antibiotics 3 times in the past 6 months and am still having symtoms

See below: If antibiotics, the conventional treatment, have not been effective, you may wish to discuss the option of fecal transplant with your doctor. See this site for more information in this topic. You may wish to contact a medical school near you to avail of this treatment.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/quick-inexpensive-90-percent-cure-rate. ...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