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What is c. diff colitis?

What is c. diff colitis?

See below: It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospital acquired infection. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic though fecal transplant is helpful in some patients. See this site for more information.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient. Html Read more

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I was just diagnosed with c-diff acute colitis due to clyndamicin. What should I do? Is this normal?

I was just diagnosed with c-diff acute colitis due to clyndamicin. What should I do? Is this normal?

Medical treatment: C. Difficele colitis is is a build up of abnormal bacteria that irritate the colon and produces a toxin, often occurring after taking an antibiotic. You need medical care and an antibiotic such as Flagyl or vancomycin to treat the infection. Maybe add probiotics or yogurt if it is alright with your doctor. Read more

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Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Terminology: Ulcerative colitis is different from colitis caused by C diff. The etiology of ulcerative colitis is not know. Both diseases can affect the whole colon and cause ulcers, however the cause and treatment for the two are different. Read more

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How long after begining oral antibiotics is c diff colitis contagious?

How long after begining oral antibiotics is c diff colitis contagious?

DEPENDS!: It will greatly depend first and foremost on whether or not the C. Diff responds to or is susceptible to the chosen antibiotic. Read more

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Can clostridium difficile colitis Get Cured. Or just Treated? And is it Cancerous Later On?

Can clostridium difficile colitis Get Cured. Or just Treated? And is it Cancerous Later On?

Cured: It is an infectious process and can be eliminated completely with appropriate therapy. As far as we know it does not cause any type of cancer. Read more

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Chances of someone getting clostridium difficile colitis from cefprozole? And how would they know?

Pretty Low: I think u r referring to cefprozil, a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic. In theory any antibiotic can place you at risk for a clostridium difficile infection, but is much more likely in an elderly, hospitalized patient who might have a weakened immune system. Although Cefprozil is not particularly associated with c diff, using a probiotic or eating yogurt will help. If c diff, severe diarrhea. Read more

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Recovering from clostridium difficile colitis. Still have no appetite. Or energy. About how long until I get these back?

Variable: If you are being treated with antibiotics, particularly with Metronidazole (flagyl), your appetite may not correct until you are off this. Any severe infection can suppress appetite and the time necessary for recovery with vary widely. Good luck and hope you recover quickly. Read more

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How many days after being off treatment can u get retested for clostridium difficile colitis to see if positive or negative.

Usually not: Re-tested as a matter of routine. If you are not better after the prescribed course of treatment then see your doctor or gastroenterologist asap for a re-evaluation of your condition. Don't wait to get more ill or dehydrated. Read more

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Just given Flagyl for possible c-diff colitis. I am also on. Vsl#3 probiotics. Can I take these together?

Caution: Yoy have a clinical diagnosis of c diff. You started flagyl. Take caution with vsl#3 it is a probiotic. It may be safe but is not evaluated. Tell your doctor and your pharmacist you're taking it. After Flagyl you're hoping to re-establish normal flora in the colon. Safer to try yourgurt. Read more

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Was diagnosed with c diff colitis. Only had diarrhea one day, have been constipated since. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

C diff: If you are diagnosed with c diff infection, you should be treated with antibiotics for 10 days even if your diarrhea is resolved. However, if u are having constipation, make sure u do not have abdominal pain/distention, feeling worse since this could be a sign of severe course of c diff infection. Read more

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I have c diff colitis. Due to finances I haven't been able to see a doctor as yet. Is there anything I can do to prevent progress to a toxicmegacolon?

I have c diff colitis. Due to finances I haven't been able to see a doctor as yet. Is there anything I can do to prevent progress to a toxicmegacolon?

Symptoms: In the absence of symptoms, a positive C diff study is consistent with carrier state and does not need treatment. How was your C Diff status determined if you did not see a doctor? In case you are sick with significant diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting please go to to closest ER. Read more

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My fiancé was diagnosis with c diff colitis, is it normal to have bloody stools with it?

My fiancé was diagnosis with c diff colitis, is it normal to have bloody stools with it?

C. Difficile colitis: C. difficile colitis often presents with bloody stools, although it might be slightly more frequent to see just frequent diarrhea which is not bloody. Either pattern as possible. Be sure that she finishes whatever antibiotic treatment she is given for this infection. It can be quite serious if not treated properly. Good luck. Read more

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Is c diff colitis still contagious after a round of broad spec. IV antibiotics? Can my 1 month old baby catch it from me? How can we keep her safe?

Not likely: You could take Probiotics, available in most drug and health food stores without a prescription, they are "good" bacteria that colonize in the gut and may help keep C. diff. Infection from recurring. Read more

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I have colitis (c-diff). Am 75 years old. Am on low fiber. Very scary. Lost a lot of blood. Platelets read 750. What do I watch for?

C. Diff: Not associated with bleeding. Mostly diarrhea. High plts also not common in c. Diff. Mostly treated with antibiotics. Unless you have ulcerative colitis? But why at 75? Usually caron's colitis can present in older as well as younger population. So. Get things straight with your gastroenterologist. Read more

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