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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?

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

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


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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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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.

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.

Depends: If you have GI symptoms and are in an age group at risk for colon cancer, then it seems reasonable to have the scope; that said, any GI infection may be followed by chronic symptoms even after the infection is cleared;. ...Read more

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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.

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

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How to donate my feces to a clostridium difficile pill?

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

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Is cdiff curable and can be transferred by touch?

Is cdiff curable and can be transferred by touch?

Yes/Yes: Cdiff is curable and yes is transferable by tough. In the hospital setting it is a common means of transference and why they mandate doctors and nurses wash their hands. ...Read more

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Should blood test be done while on vancomycin for cdiff?

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

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Can I still have gallbladder surgery if I just tested positive for cdiff?

Better to hold off: Unless your surgery is a life and death emergency, which gallbladder surgery usually is not, then it is better to hold off on surgery until your treatment for c.Diff is completed. ...Read more

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How long after im on antibiotics for cdiff can I go back to work as a caregiver?

How long after im on antibiotics for cdiff can I go back to work as a caregiver?

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

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How long after a hospital stay (when on meds) would you most likely develop cdiff? Is there a main time frame to look for?

How long after a hospital stay (when on meds) would you most likely develop cdiff? Is there a main time frame to look for?

Any time.: C diff can present as a very rapid onset of diarrhea or can sneak up on you. If you can make a week or two out of the hospital your are likely OK, but persistent diarrhea following hospitalization is pretty suspicious and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What would cause cronic stomich pain and cramps that only get worse when you eat. Have had cdiff and no signs of it now, ?

Ulcer: Gastric ulcers very commonly get irritated when food enters the stomach both from the increased acid needed to digest the food and from the food physically rubbing the ulcers during digestion. Probably should have an upper endoscopy done. ...Read more

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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

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Can cdiff cause alterations in mental status?

Can cdiff cause alterations in mental status?

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

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Can cdiff lower your platets and hemoglobans?

No: C. Difficile colitis frequently causes a marked increase in white blood cell count. Your hemoglobin would only drop if you had associated GI bleeding. Low platelets are not associated with c.Difficile colitis. ...Read more

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For cdiff, what is the most effective medication or remedy?

Depends.: If this is initial disease best treatment is Flagyl (metronidazole) if recurrent consider vancomycin or pulsed therapy. Probiotics may have a role. Stool transplant and other antibiotics are an option for difficult to treat disease. ...Read more

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I'm sick and I've had cdiff what can I do without id doc?

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

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Can a persons immune system cure a case of cdiff without medicine?

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

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10 weeks after finishing course of pen vk. Am I safe from developing cdiff?

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

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Why must one wait a month after antibiotic course is completed to retest for cdiff? Is three weeks ok?

Why must one wait a month after antibiotic course is completed to retest for cdiff? Is three weeks ok?

To be sure: That is the average time it takes those germs to recover and give a positive test result if the antibiotic was not effective ...Read more

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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?

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?

C Difficile: Zero. C. Diff is not a contagious disease in any normal sense or scenario. This bug lives around us all the time and only becomes a problem when normal GI bacteria in the gut are destroyed. The husband, if normal, will not have a problem with this. ...Read more

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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?

Probably: 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.
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How long are cdiff bacterial spores viable outside the body?

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

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Can a cdiff infection act up then go away. Then couple days later act up again and go away?

Cdiff: Seems unlikely to occur within those time duration unless treatment schedule not adhered as per directed
diet may also play a role in variable times of diarrhea not due to c.diff ...Read more

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Uncontrolled diarrhea since clindamycim for tooth. Tested negative for multiple parcites including cdiff. What next?

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

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