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Color Of Stool With Cdiff Episode
Should I take Flagyl for cdiff if GI never checked me? No stool, blood test. Should I ask further examinations before taking something I might not need?
Depends: Sometimes patients are given emperic therapy based on complaint. Clostridium difficile can cause a GI illness presenting as diarrhea following antibiotic use. It can be easily treated with Flagyl but if not treated may lead to severe illness, protracted hospitalization and even death. If you have concerns speak with your doctor. There is a stool test available. ...Read more
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
Have cdiff but constipated. What can I do. I am on vancomycin and forastor. I never have diahrrea like a lot do. Should I take stool softener or what?
I have a conflict in specialists. Gi issues after cdiff. And recurrent kleb utis. -stool culture -ct-mri-belly film -us. Gi wants scope but I have +uti no flora. Believe it's kleb overgrowth. Help.
My 19 months old son has mucus in his stools. In december 2013 he was diagnosed mith colitis and clostridium difficile there is no blood seen.
Your question?: I don't know what your question is, but you need to take your son to your pediatrician promptly for further evaluation. C. diff has a nasty way of recurring and just because "no blood is seen" doesn't mean there's no blood in his stool. I certainly hope the mucus isn't a sign of something serious, but you need to find out for certain. Best wishes. ...Read more
C.diff treatment: Interesting you know about how effective stool donations can be for helping C. diff patients. It works very well. C. diff is a horrible and devastating disease, killing up to 15% of victims according to the CDC. You may want to freeze your own stool if you're worried about it or concerned for a relative. Obviously keeping that separate from food is a must. There are no labs doing this yet. ...Read more
Not necessary: When taking I.V. Vanco blood tests are necessary to, measure how much drug is in the blood. Oral vanco is very different from IV and hence this testing is not necessary. ...Read more
Check with your doc: C diff is a very tough infection to clear. Even after antibiotics and resolution of symptoms it is possible to still carry the infection. You should have your doctor confirm that you have cleared the infection. An important thing you can do on your own is to take a probiotic supplement. That will shift the balance of your gut flora to help get rid of the pathogens. ...Read more
How long after a hospital stay (when on meds) would you most likely develop cdiff? Is there a main time frame to look for?
What would cause cronic stomich pain and cramps that only get worse when you eat. Have had cdiff and no signs of it now, ?
Should I be worried that something is wrong with my 8 month old she was put on antibiotic twice and both times she developed cdiff?
Not necessarily: I would give her probiotics on a regular basis and especially when starting antibiotics. ...Read more
Was in hospital for week, went home with pick line meds for 2 weeks duration, been off meds for a month. If I were to get cdiff when would it happen?
C. diff complication: C. diff can be tricky and can actually occur up to 3 months after a course of antibiotics. Most cases however are much closer in time to the antibiotic administration -either during or shortly after (days - weeks) after treatment. Good to take probiotics- I advocate the natural ones like yoghurt, sour cream, kimchi, sauer kraut etc. If it's been one month already, you're probably fine. Call MD if? ...Read more
Just recovered from cdiff about a month ago. Have had night sweats almost nightly for the past 3 weeks. Before that sweats at least weekly for years?
If severe enough:
C diff colitis can result in sepsis, which can manifest as alterations in mental status. C diff colitis causing sepsis is life threatening.
The current definition of sepsis is called qSOFA. You get 1 point each for low blood pressure, high respiratory rate, or altered mental status. A score of 2 or more means you have sepsis.
https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/SOFA_score#Quick_SOFA_Score ...Read more
Nothing: There are several new avenues of treatment for clostridium difficile colitis, including one new medication and techniques for recolonization of the colonic flora with organisms which may help control the c. Diff. Work with your id doctor and perhaps he or she could call associates and ask for help. ...Read more
No: The microbe is everywhere and it is troublesome only if gut conditions allow it to overgrow. ...Read more
Maybe, but...: Perhaps, but I don't think i'd want to take the risk, since c. Difficile infection can cause very serious problems, even death. ...Read more
Yes: If you are otherwise healthy, your likelihood of developing c. Difficille enterocolitis is quite low. Unless you have current symptoms, I don't think you should worry at all. ...Read more
Why must one wait a month after antibiotic course is completed to retest for cdiff? Is three weeks ok?
Wife just diagnosed with cdiff & probably had it for 2 weeks already. Husband doesn't have it. What is the time period for him to contract it?
It's been a week since I was in close contact with someone who had CDiff. Shared bathroom, touched stuff they touched. Would I have gotten sick already?
C diff is a problem for people who have been treated with antibiotics that alter the normal bacterial population in the colon. For a healthy person it is not of much concern.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Difficult: That is an extremely difficult question to answer. Clostridia are anaerobic, spore-forming rods (bacilli). C. Difficile is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (aad) and can lead to pseudomembranous colitis, a severe inflammation of the colon, often resulting from eradication of the normal gut flora by antibiotics. ...Read more
Uncontrolled diarrhea since clindamycim for tooth. Tested negative for multiple parcites including cdiff. What next?
Wrong: Clindamycin is not the usual antibiotic of choice for dental infections. An antibiotic will not cure a dental infection, only limit the extent of the infection for only as long as you take the antibiotic. Please see Dentist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon to properly treat Dental issues. See PCP or Gastroenterologist to treat GI issues. You need to see both NOW. ...Read more