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Can You Get C Diff Without Antibiotics
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
Are antibiotics safe anymore? Seems u get this c diff bug while tryin to get better from another illness. Why is this? I'm a unlucky 1 who caught this
Safe if needed: If you need antibiotics for a documented bacterial infection and not just for a "cold" or non indicated reason it is safe. There is always a risk of c. Difficile under any circumstances. ...Read more
Several days: Several days depending on the length and severitiy of the infection. ...Read more
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
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
My husband tested positive for c.diff and hasn't taken antibiotics in decades. Is this unusual? Prescribed flagyl. How likely that I will get it?
Not contagious dz: Clostridium difficile is not a transmitted disease from person to person. It most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long-term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications. Treatment in those without symptoms is controversial. In general, mild cases do not require specific treatment. If your husband has symptoms he should be seen by his physician. ...Read more
Do some people get c-diff after stopping antibiotics due to not practicing hygiene/handwashing etc.- not realizing they're still at risk for while?
Clostridium dfficile: C. diff is not caused by stopping antibiotics but is an opportunistic infection that happens because of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can eliminate a lot of the normal bacteria in the colon allowing C. diff to begin to take effect. Once a person has C. diff they are at increased risk of developing it again with any antibiotic. ...Read more
Confused about c-diff, on antibiotics. I thought u get it from contact w/ the germ, why won't handwashing, not touching face, etc. Help stop it?
Misunderstandings...: The exact source of Clostridium difficile (C diff) usually isn't known. It probably usually is contracted from other people, and handwashing is very effective in preventing it. "Touching face" has nothing to do with catching C diff. Most of the time, healthy people get no illness from C diff, although being on antibiotics that suppress other intestinal bacteria increases the risk. ...Read more
Ihttp://www. Uptodate. Com/contents/clostridium-difficile-in-adults-treatment is not a do-it-yourself issue and need prescription. Usually vancomycin and metronidazole are given orally. See this site for more info.
http://www. Uptodate. Com/contents/clostridium-difficile-in-adults-treatment ...Read more
On antibiotics, scared about c-diff. Does everyone on meds get it? Recovering from infection, unsure of probiotics, what else can I do to prevent it?
Pro mean with: And bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Done with extended antibiotics for meningitis. C-diff negative. At times still get mushy/softer stools. Will my stomach ever go back to normal?
I have to be on low dose antibiotic (augmentin) nightly to prevent the severe uti's I get. Will taking probitoics help prevent c-diff infection?
We don't know.: To date there is no proven medical benefit in taking probiotics pills in the prevention of c-diff. ...Read more
As child had c diff. Ulcerative colitis from antibiotics for urinary infections. Could this be reason I get painful stools that bleed now as adult?
Odd situation: It is not rare for someone to get colitis from C.difficile, but to cause ulcerative colitis would be. That label is usually reserved for a lifelong process that is rarely seen in kids, I never did in > 30 yrs of pediatric practice. Painful and bloody stools require proper evaluation in adults for best outcome. The y can arise from infections, constipation, cancer or true inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more
Have to on low dose augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) to prevent utis I get. Will taking strong probiotics prevent c-diff and crohns, or antibiotic associated diarrhea?
My dr. Said I won't get c diff again. Unless I use antiobotics. My GI dr. Said within 6months there's a 25-30% chance of gettin c diff again. Thoughts?
You could: Use of antibiotics is not the only risk factor for the development of c. Diff. It is a significant contributor however. Gi doc is more correct than regular doctor. ...Read more
Is a person less likely to get c-diff when taking a low dose daily prophlactic antibitoic (augmentin) as well as taking probitoics and florastor?
NO!!!!!!!: Your rate of cdiff will likely go up if taking daily antibiotics. This is a terrible idea. The probiotic like florastor is a great one. Just eating yogurt with high lactobacillus counts like stonyfield is even better. We still don't know exactly why cdiff occurs...Antibiotics killing too many good bacteria, ? Up-regulating genes, down-regulating non cdiff genes in cdiff other bacteria. ...Read more
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
Please clarify why c-diff happens more often after ending antibiotics vs. While still on them? Tested for c-diff while on meds, neg. Now done, worried
No need to worry: There's a difference between Clotridium difficile symptoms and testing. When antibioitcs suppress other bacteria, it can take several days for C diff to grow to enough to cause symptoms, which might happen even after the antibiotic is stopped. But if a stool test was negative, then you had no C diff in your intestines at all. In that case, once stopping it you are at little or no risk of symptoms. ...Read more
48hr: After resolvement of diarrhea or other symptoms. ...Read more
Contamination: Food can be contaminated with c.diff bacteria and contribute to it's spread. There presently isn't a clear link between antibiotic use in beef and c.diff proliferation, but in theory it's possible, just as there is some suggestion of antibiotic use in beef and the spread of drug resistant bacteria. ...Read more
What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also risk of antibiotic resistance?
Uncommon but real: This is an uncommon but real issue. Risk varies with the type/duration and intensity of antibiotic use (IV vs oral, etc.) Many centers do stool surveillance cultures to spot this in higher risk patients. Resistance is an everyday issue today which drives us to be selective & specific on antibiotic use. The risk of an individual having to deal with these is part of dealing with healthcare today ...Read more
What antibiotic can you safely take after having c diff 3 months ago? Also. How can you prevent recurrences?
Almost all: Antibiotics alter the healthy micro-flora in the gut and are therefore a setup for c diff. So none is completely safe. Probiotics or yogurt with active cultures may be of some help. ...Read more
Is nitroufrantoin a broad or narrow spectrum antibiotic? Taking 50mg 4x per day for a week. Worried about C.diff
Relatively narrow.: nitrofurantoin is a common antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections. For infections which are sensitive to it, it does a good job of treating them. Although it is possible to get C. difficile from any course of antibiotics, it is unlikely given a seven day course of nitrofurantoin. Stick with your antibiotic, and take it until it is gone. Good luck. ...Read more
Thought I had divirticultis, but found out I had c diff. After 3 rounds of antibiotics I am negative. Can it come back.
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