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Dr. Daniel Zandman
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Clostridium Difficile Infection (Overview)

Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can cause intestinal infection and diarrhea. It more commonly occurs after antibiotic treatment.


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Can I get immunity after I suffer from a clostridium difficile infection?

Can I get immunity after I suffer from a clostridium difficile infection?

Not really: No - c. Diff is a bacteria, that everyone has in their gut all the time. Normally, it staysin balance with other bacteria and doesn't cause problems. However, sometimes it takes advantage and overgrows and acts up - like after antibiotics. We don't really develop immunity to it, just get back into appropriately balance so that it doesn't act up again. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Zandman
428 Doctors shared insights

Clostridium Difficile Infection (Overview)

Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can cause intestinal infection and diarrhea. It more commonly occurs after antibiotic treatment.


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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile infection?

Fever diarrhea: C. Difficile is a common bacteria that causes problems when the norm/friendly gut bacteria is weakened or gone due to antibiotics usually. Symptoms are abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, often with blood present. It can be a serious and even deadly infection, so please get checked if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

C. diff: Both the bacterial toxin and the gene coding for the toxin can be found in the diarrheal stool. Additionally, the diarrhea has a peculiar mousy/musty aroma. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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How can taking antibiotics cause clostridium difficile infection?

How can taking antibiotics cause clostridium difficile infection?

Colon imbalance: Every person has an ideal balance of different helpful bacteria (flora) in their colon. Disrupting that balance can lead to diarrhea, cramping & gas. Almost all antibiotics have the ability to disrupt the gut flora. Friendly bacteria are sacrificed during antibiotic use allowing unfriendly bacteria like clostridium difficile to grow. Some c. Difficile produce a toxin which can destroy the colon. ...Read more

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Are there any antibiotics that can be used to treat clostridium difficile infection?

Are there any antibiotics that can be used to treat clostridium difficile infection?

Flagyl or Vancomycin: C. Difficile colitis almost always occurs when another oral antibiotic, used to treat a different infection, wipes out normal gut bacteria. Patients who develop c.Diff colitis should stop taking that initial oral antibiotic.
Treatment is usually with Metronidazole (flagyl) or vancomycin (vancocin). For severe cases, doctors may prefer vanco. Newer drugs are available if this treatment fails. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What sort of disease is a clostridium difficile infection?

Colon infection: Clostridium difficile infection is a growing epidemic where the colon is infected by a bacteria called, you guessed it, clostridium difficile. Although some people may be asymptomatic, it usually causes diarrhea and can lead to a life-threatening condition called megacolon. Treatment of late has become more and more complicated due to antibiotic resistance. Seek an md if you have this. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it? Is there a way to prevent it?

I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it? Is there a way to prevent it?

Unlikely: Most people do not relapse. Older people seem to be highest risk. A well accepted and proven preventative option does not yet exist. Many infections don't need antibiotics (sinus, bronchitis, ear) so avoiding antibiotics if you can - one option. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

C. diff: Both the bacterial toxin and the gene coding for the toxin can be found in the diarrheal stool. Additionally, the diarrhea has a peculiar mousy/musty aroma. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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What is clostridium difficile infection rate of spread?

Depends: It depends on how sick the initial patient is, how sick the exposed patients are, and how aware of infection control the care providers are. In wards where it is allowed to run wild, it can spread throughout the entire ward in a matter of days. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile infection?

Fever diarrhea: C. Difficile is a common bacteria that causes problems when the norm/friendly gut bacteria is weakened or gone due to antibiotics usually. Symptoms are abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, often with blood present. It can be a serious and even deadly infection, so please get checked if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a clostridium difficile infection?

Colon infection: Clostridium difficile infection is a growing epidemic where the colon is infected by a bacteria called, you guessed it, clostridium difficile. Although some people may be asymptomatic, it usually causes diarrhea and can lead to a life-threatening condition called megacolon. Treatment of late has become more and more complicated due to antibiotic resistance. Seek an md if you have this. ...Read more

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What is a clostridium difficile infection and how does it occur?

What is a clostridium difficile infection and how does it occur?

Abx complication: An infection resulting from antibiotic use that can cause diarrhea and other colonic problems. It requires treatment with either Metronidazole or oral vancomycin. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of clostridium difficile infection in the us?

C.Diff: Approximately 20% of individuals who are hospitalized acquire c difficile during hospitalization, and more than 30% of these patients develop diarrhea. Thus, c difficile colitis is currently one of the most common nosocomial infections. ...Read more

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Can I get immunity after I suffer from a clostridium difficile infection?

Not really: No - c. Diff is a bacteria, that everyone has in their gut all the time. Normally, it staysin balance with other bacteria and doesn't cause problems. However, sometimes it takes advantage and overgrows and acts up - like after antibiotics. We don't really develop immunity to it, just get back into appropriately balance so that it doesn't act up again. ...Read more

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What are the tests for clostridium difficile infections?

What are the tests for clostridium difficile infections?

Stool test: The most commonly used tests for c diff are two different stool tests. One test looks for the unique toxin which c diff produces that causes the diarrhea. The other test searches for the gene (dna) that is specific to c diff and encodes the information to produce the toxin. ...Read more

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Why are clostridium difficile infections hard to treat?

It produces spores: Partly it is the persons immune system and general health that makes it recur more often. The main problem is it comes back after treatment. Clostridium produces endospores. Endospore is is a tough structure in which the bacteria is dormant and not reproducing. Antibiotics don't affect the spores so after the symptoms are gone, the spores activate and then cause reinfection. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

What is the likelihood of a relapse with clostridium difficile infections?

Common: There is a small percentage of c. Dificile infections that recur so it does happen. However with newer treatments it happens less. You may want to look into sarcomyces boullardi[ (forgive me if mispelled) or florastor which for a long time was used in europe to treat c. Dif infections...With huge success. Check out your local healthfood store; or ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies that are effective in fighting clostridium difficile infections?

Are there home remedies that are effective in fighting clostridium difficile infections?

Gross but Good: Studies show that consuming the stool (feces) of a close contact is just as effective in treating clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (cdad) as some of the leading prescribed medications. The papers describe the procedure even noting the name and model of the blender used to mix the #! #@ (feces). Gross but good. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it? Is there a way to prevent it?

Unlikely: Most people do not relapse. Older people seem to be highest risk. A well accepted and proven preventative option does not yet exist. Many infections don't need antibiotics (sinus, bronchitis, ear) so avoiding antibiotics if you can - one option. ...Read more

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Why is clostridium difficile infections levels increasing in the elderly?

Old - vulnerable.: The elderly are at increased risk of acquiring C diff infection because of:
1) co-morbidities;
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stays in health care facilities (nursing home etc.);
3) higher rate of procedures especially GI procedures;
4) increase antibiotic exposure and;
5) possibly poor fecal microbiome reconstitution and immunity. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease? Am I more susceptible to clostridium difficile infections?

Not really: It is not that you're more susceptible, it's that you are more likely to be treated with antibiotics because of your condition. As c diff is typically a post-antibiotic illness, you are more likely to experience it. But it's not directly because of crohn's. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
452 Doctors shared insights

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