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If you have it, very: If not, it is not something within your sphere of control unless you are likely to be hospitalized. You can request data from a hospital on the frequency with which they are seeing these organisms, and you can try hard not to be hospitalized, but sometimes these things are beyond your ability to manage. The risk is present and growing more so. ...Read more
A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best ...Read more
What is a carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection? Who catches it? Is that something we have to worry about?
Shouldn't worry: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is a nasty antibiotic resistant bacteria. People who catch are people who are staying in a hospital for a long time (weeks to months) or people in nursing homes. If you are healthy person you should not have to worry about this bacteria because it is not usually in the outside world. ...Read more
I'm 10 weeks pregnant and need to know if it is a risk for me to visit my grandfather in hospital who has been diagnosed with CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae)? I've been in physical contact with him right before the diagnosis
I would avoid: I would suggest avoiding anyone with an infection while pregnant ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Possible: if you take antibioticsGet a more detailed answer ›
I have been diagnosed with group c and after a round of antibiotics only 2 colonies remained. can this group extend to the heart?
?Question: Lots more information needed to answer this ...Read more
Friend has c-diff. On antibiotics 4 days, but still having symptoms.Is she likely still contagious? I'm supposed to see her tomorrow and concerned
Defense to C. Diff: C. Diff infection is notorious for being spread easily, especially in hospital settings which is why they have isolation precautions. Individuals treated in the outpatient (home) setting usually have very specific instructions to follow to prevent spread to family or friends. Observing these precautions during therapy will reduce or eliminate risk to others. Good hand-washing is essential. ...Read more
Are antibiotics a must if Sinusitis lasts more than ten days? I'm allergic to many and have a C Diff history. C Diff free for year but nervous of atx.
Not a must: I would not say they are a must. Our guidelines recommend treatment for sinusitis for symptoms of a cold persisting between 10 to 14 days with no improvement. That said, I prefer waiting the 14 days in patients who are not febrile, without facial pain and erythema. I would take this approach especially in a patient with multiple allergies and a c diff history. Feel better! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 base, once stopping it you are at little or no risk of symptoms. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not serious: Side effects aren't rare with meropenem and clindamycin (Dalacin-C®), but most people have none. More important, these drugs would not be used unless you have (or are suspected to have) a very serious infection. The danger from inadequate treatment is far higher than the risk of anything serious from the drugs. Discuss with your doctor, preferaly an infectious diseases specialist. Good luck. ...Read more
Several days: Several days depending on the length and severitiy of the infection. ...Read more
Is there a way to test for c diff before starting antibiotics? And a way to eliminate it if you have it?
No: The creature is everywhere in small numbers. Antibiotics kill off the nice germs that keep it at bay. ...Read more
Wnen somebody has to be on antibiotics, is there anthing to do to minimize 2ndary c dif possibility (yogurt? Supplements? Etc.)
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
Can cats/animals carry c-diff? On antibiotics and wonder if i should worry about touching my cat/changing litter? I'm washing often but wonder
Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more