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Dr. Anand Kishore
18 doctors shared insights

Clostridium Infection (Overview)

Clostridia are a group of anaerobic bacteria that can cause anything from tetanus, to botulism, to gas gangrene.


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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile infection?

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

Dr. Anand Kishore
18 doctors shared insights

Clostridium Infection (Overview)

Clostridia are a group of anaerobic bacteria that can cause anything from tetanus, to botulism, to gas gangrene.


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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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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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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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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What is the treatment for clostridium (c diff) infection that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for clostridium (c diff) infection that is best and has fewest side effects?

C.difficile tx's: By "best" do you mean optimal efficacy, but cost is no factor? By "fewest side effects" do you mean best tolerated but efficacy is less important? Are you looking for antibiotics, probiotics, donor stool enemas (yes, these actually work for c.Diff), only fda-approved regimens, short-course treatment, or novel techniques? Appropriate questions to ask your doc, w/whom you can share your concerns. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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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: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Will good hygiene prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Will good hygiene prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes: Clostridium difficile (c.Diff) is transmitted from person to person via fecal oral route (contents of someone else's bum to your mouth). Hand sanitizers will not kill the c.Diff toxin. Hence, wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 1 minute. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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