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What are the signs of c diff turning fatal. Would you know. Do meds always work. Young and healthy. Docs not worried about my case. Signs clearing up?

What are the signs of c diff turning fatal. Would you know. Do meds always work. Young and healthy. Docs not worried about my case. Signs clearing up?

C. difficile: If you have uncontrolled diarrhea, fever, signs and symptoms compatible with sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding, these are all precursors to serious and perhaps fatal complications. If you are getting better you should be fine. Best wishes. ...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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Was surprised to read saccharomyces boulardii can cause fatal infections in some people. am i safe using it to help my c diff? i take prednis at times

Was surprised to read saccharomyces boulardii can cause fatal infections in some people. am i safe using it to help my c diff? i take prednis at times

Good advice: Saccharomyces is a yeast that is considered relatively nonpathogenic in immunocompetent adults. Yes there are case reports of it proving fatal in rare instances. Keep in mind however that NOTHING is 100% guaranteed safe, so examine your personal risks before using ANYTHING, & stick with recommended dose & frequency of all medication & supplements (prescribed or otherwise). ...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 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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What is c. diff colitis?

See below: It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospital acquired infection. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic though fecal transplant is helpful in some patients. See this site for more information.
http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient.html ...Read more

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Will maalox cause c. Diff?

No: There is no evidence that maalox causes c. Diff. Antibiotics are associated with the development of c. Diff. ...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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Can C.Diff cause headache on one side?

Can C.Diff cause headache on one side?

Head ache: Head ache when you have c.difficle colitis probably a coincident. ...Read more

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Tell me about c diff risk for elderly.?

High: As our immune system ages it less effectively fights infection. Clostrium difficile is a bacteria that often lives uneventfully in our GI tract. With the use of antibiotics, the normal bacteria in our large bowel is destroyed- c diff can then grow unchecked. C diff can also be spread by health care workers and other patients. It can be very serious and life threatening, especially in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is c. diff contagious through airborne?

Is c. diff contagious through airborne?

Definitely not: C. diff is a disease transmitted by the 'fecal-oral' route, which sounds disgusting because it is. Spores from another patient can contaminate the environment that someone might have visited earlier (like a shared bathroom in a 2 bed room in a hospital). Once those are ingested, under certain conditions (antibiotic use mostly), the spores can germinate and cause infection. C. diff can be bad news. ...Read more

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Can c diff cause your appendix to be inflamed?

Can c diff cause your appendix to be inflamed?

Rare: Any infection , by any bug (bacteria ), results in swelling of mucosa that blocks lumen will result in appendicitis . C.Diff involves entire colon isolated infection is rare. ...Read more

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Why is c.diff common in UC ? I don't understand

C. difficile: This organism is normally present in large % of the population, but in balance with the other colonic flora it may not have a negative effect. In patients with colonic diseases that alter the intestinal flora this organism may produce symptomatic disease more readily and also be more difficult to eradicate. See an infectious diseases expert. Good luck. ...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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Can u have c diff with no diaherra? Tested positive.

Can u have c diff with no diaherra? Tested positive.

C. Diff: I do not understand the question. You have c. Diff and if you do not have diarrhea they you have c. Diff without diarrhea. Yes. The answer is yes. ...Read more

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What food should you avoid with c diff are natural sugars ok

To avoid diarrhea...: It would be prudent to avoid foods that promote diarrhea ; gut distension while you're treating your infection. Aside from any foods your pharmacist advises not mixing with your antibiotics, consider cutting back on fizzy drinks, gas forming ingestants (beans, etc.), foods with high fat content (like cream sauces), caffeine, alcohol. Also, look into taking probiotics, like florastor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test positive for c diff with no diaherra?

Is it possible to test positive for c diff with no diaherra?

Yes: The diarrhea is related to the production of a toxin which in turn requires a critical number of bacteria to reach a threshold level. But the new molecular tests for bacteria are so sensitive that some people can be positive for the bacteria but not have enough toxin to produce diarrhea. Esp just after treatment. ...Read more

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Why is electrolyte balance important in a person with c diff?

Why is electrolyte balance important in a person with c diff?

Always is...: Repleting electrolytes is crucial in any condition to avoid further complications more so in a condition that can cause depletion of important electrolytes due to diarrhea and fluid shifts. ...Read more

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Is there a source for a nutrition guide for recovery from c diff?

C. diff: Not that I am aware of. I don't think you need to follow any certain diet. Just stay away from caffeine, dairy, fried and fatty foods or any other foods known to cause/aggravate your discomfort. I strongly suggest getting a probiotic supplement to help restore normal flora. ...Read more

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Is it possible for 8 month old to get c diff? If so, what are the symptoms?

Is it possible for 8 month old to get c diff? If so, what are the symptoms?

Yes: if had antibiotics recent or exposed to someone with it , it usually is very smelly and a lot like every hour ., if concerned get a culture from the childs pediatrician ...Read more

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Wat are the main symptoms of c diff? I no diaherra is main. But how much diaherra

Profuse (a lot): I describe it to my patients as, "do you feel that niagra falls is coming out? " the diarrhea can occur so frequently that you may not even make it to the bathroom without soiling yourself. At its worse, liters of fluid is lost within a few hours, making one at risk of dehydration, kidney failure, and much worse. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is c diff colonized? If there a difference between c diff or c diff colotis?

What is c diff colonized? If there a difference between c diff or c diff colotis?

Name of the organism: The first is the name of the organism the second is the name of the condition. This condition can be varied to the can be very debilitating . You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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What's the over all chance of beating c. Diff. Can it kill you? I'm on vomixcylin

C difficile: While there are antibiotic resistant strains of clostridium difficile, most are sensitive to Metronidazole & vancomycin. While some people can die from c diff, they're typically older & have multiple chronic illnesses. As long as you're young & otherwise healthy and take your antibiotics as directed, you should recover quickly. Best to keep in touch w/your doctor, especially if you're getting wors. ...Read more

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Does c.Diff, h pylora, and intestional parisites have anything to do with each other?

Does c.Diff, h pylora, and intestional parisites have anything to do with each other?

Not really: C. Difficile is a bacteria that produces colitis when it overgrows and produces enough toxin to damage the colonic mucosa. H. Pylori is a bacteria that inhabits the stomach and duodenum where it causes inflammation and ulcers. Intestinal parasites are not bacteria. They usually colonize or infect the colon but sometimes infect the small intestine. ...Read more

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Which antiobotics more likely cause c diff? Is there a list i can see? Or can you name some.

Any ant-biotic can,: The risk is higher w/ broad-spectrum antibiotics - those aimed at a wide range of bacteria it is also higher w/ multiple antibiotics or using antibiotics for a long time. Probiotics can help and most folk do get better when they stop use. Your dr needs to find the best tx for you or you need to find the best doctor who will. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/clostridium-difficile-colitis. ...Read more

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Doctors said I have c. Diff. Should i be worried? What's the worst that can happen and signs.

Don't worry: Clostridium difficile infection results when that pathogenic bacterium overgrows in your colon. The most common cause is antibiotic administration. It is usually treated with other antibiotics specifically targeted at c. Diff like Metronidazole and vancomycin. The worst complication is called toxic megacolon. Doubt you will get that. Report abdominal pain and fever to your doctors. ...Read more

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Babysitter diagnosed with C-diff and has been watching kids aged 3 and 8. Any precautions we should take?

Babysitter diagnosed with C-diff and has been watching kids aged 3 and 8. Any precautions we should take?

Practice Basic hygie: C-Difficile is a bacteria which mainly affects immune compromised hosts. So the chances of your kids catching are remote. Yet the baby sitter should use basic hygiene measures like hand washing with soap and water before she handles the children. It is also important that she do the same after a bowel movement. ...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