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Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes.: Studies have shown that probiotics can prevent c.Diff infections and other antibiotic associated complications like diarrhea. Best way to prevent c.Diff infections is good hand washing if you visit a hospital or nursing home. Also by not taking antibiotics for viral illnesses like bronchitis and sinusitis. You increase your risk of c. Diff when you take abx for things like these. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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What's clostridium difficile?

What's clostridium difficile?

Colitis: This organism causes colitis in patients given antibiotis. The antibiotics kill the normal flora in the colon and allow c diff to grow. It releases a toxin that causes necrosis and ulcers in the colon. The infection may be acquired in the hospital and sperad by hospital, on their hands, from one patient to another. ...Read more

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What is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

What is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

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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Cdiff 4yrs ago - now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected New infection or colonized?

Cdiff 4yrs ago - now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected
New infection or colonized?

Monitor: Once you have C. diff there is a reasonable chance you can be colonized. The criteria for infection include watery stools in excess of 3-4 times daily. The pain or discomfort is usually in the lower abdomen. Soft stools with a relatively low daily frequency usually are not indicative of C. diff. In summary, the presence of C. diff. in your stool in itself is not indicative of infection ...Read more

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Stool problem - constipation, diarrhea and slime?

Stool problem - constipation, diarrhea and slime?

Time to see a doctor: Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea. If you are alternating between the two, it is best to see your internist as there are medical conditions that may present that way. ...Read more

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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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What is diarrhea, loose motions, liquid stools?

Too much water: Diarrhea is stool that has not had its water reabsorbed back into the body. ...Read more

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Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present
clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Have diarrhea or no?: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more

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Severe ulcerative colitis with loose, black stools?

Severe ulcerative colitis with loose, black stools?

See Dr: You have some bleeding - maybe - so you should call your doctor today and talk to them about it. They may need to change medications and do some tests. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Diarrhea returned 3weeks after taking clindamycin for 5 days. Yogurt (probiotics) made diarrhea better. Possible in the case of c difficile colitis?

 Diarrhea returned 3weeks after taking clindamycin for 5 days. Yogurt (probiotics) made diarrhea better. Possible in the case of c difficile colitis?

Clostridium: CDiff does have a significant relapse rate. It has to be 100% liquid in order for the lab to process the sample. Young people can tolerate symptoms much more than the elderly or ill and therefore tend to go on with the infection a lot longer before seeking treatment. It may resolve spontaneously..but better if you go to your primary, ID or GI doctor. Avoid clindamycin in the future. ...Read more

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Is loose stools considered diarrhea?

No absolute : Answer here, but most would consider very loose stool with a prominent watery component to be diarrhea. ...Read more

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C. Difficile related to experiences with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile  related to experiences with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile: Mild cases of c. Difficile infection can often be cured by discontinuing the antibiotics responsible.In more serious cases, oral administration of, first, oral Metronidazole and - if that fails - then, second, vancomycin and if unsucessful again, intravenous Metronidazole can be used. Relapses of c. Difficile have been reported in up to 20% of cases. ...Read more

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Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabolism is being distorted. This disease can affect virtually any organ in the body because of its interference with energy synthesis. Stop sugar in all its various forms. ...Read more

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What can transmit clostridium difficile?

Fecal contamination: C diff may be transmitted from one patient to an other on the hands of hospital workers if they do not wash hands between patients. ...Read more

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Can sinus drainage cause loose stool and diarrhea?

Can sinus drainage cause loose stool and diarrhea?

It shouldn't: In theory, if you have a huge amount of mucus, that can pass through into your stool and cause diarrhea, but usually this is only seen in infants and children. But many viruses, such as adenovirus and enterovirus can cause runny nose (not a sinus infection) and loose stool, so something like this could account for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Lack of normal bugs: C diff only get foot hold in the colon when normal bugs are killed off by antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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
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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