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How Long After Taking Antibiotics Can You Get C Diff
Often within 60 days: Most cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 2 weeks of taking antibiotics. Almost all (90%) of cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 60 days of taking antibiotics. However, a few cases may occur up to 3 months or longer after antibiotics. Other risk factors for developing c. Diff colitis include: age >65; hospitalization, chemotherapy, GI surgery & procedures, HIV & use of proton pump inhibitors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clostridium difficile is also known as Clostridium Difficile infection. 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
7 weeks after taking antibiotics, pen vk 500mg, been taking florastor since and before. Are my chances of getting c.Diff gone or lowered?
Not likely: It is not likely for you to get c. Diff at this point. Pen vk is not as bad as some other antibiotics to do this. ...Read more
I have had c-diff twice, once in 2010 & again in 2011. I had not been taking antibiotics either time. Will I keep getting these infections of cdiff?
Recurrent v new infn: C. Difficile (cdiff) is a spore forming organism like tetanus/botulism. Lives in nature (foods/hands/environment) & we eat it. Stomach acid can't kill spores. Travel to intestine (o2 conc lo/food present), sporulates, grows & makes toxins. Cdi risks: antibiotics, chemo, renal failure, incr'd age, chronic ds's (heart, dm). Wash hands, bleach surfaces, cln carpets, wash vegies, cook meats through! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History of C Diff after taking antibiotics. If I still have the spores, what causes them to germinate? More antibiotics? Hopefully NOT stress? Thanks.
Dx with c.diff. Taking antibiotics, is there anything over-the-counter that's safe to help relieve symptoms? Still got diarrhea and pain 4 days later
Not recommended: Anti diarrhea meds, for example Imodium, are specifically contraindicated in infectious diarrhea since they will prolong your disease. Best will be to abstain as much as possible from eating at least for couple of days, still drinking as much as possible to avoid dehydration. For this reason most of C diff cases are treated in the hospital. ...Read more
Taking antibiotics and worried of c-diff, if diligent about cleaning, washing hands and not touching mouth/face, etc.- can this minimize my chances?
C. Diff: C. Diff is an opportunistic infection cause by the antibiotics. Good hygiene does not eliminate the chance of getting c. diff but is good practice. TO minimize the chance of getting C. Diff take antibiotics appropriately and complete a full course as prescribed. Taking antibiotics for viral illnesses will increase the chances. ...Read more
I have recently taken trimethoprim for a uti. I have since found out that antibiotic use can lead to c diff. How likely is it that this will happen?
Not very likely: Theoretically, any antibiotic use can lead to c diff. Trimethoprim is not a high offender on the list however. If you are truly concerned, you can take probiotics like florastor or lactinex while you are taking the antibiotic to lessen your chance of the infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1st or 2nd dose: If you have had a treatment with the antibiotic at least once in the past, then an allergic reaction would usually happen on the first or second oral dose, the next time you take it. However, the rash can show up anytime. You can also get a rash from the germ being killed by the antibiotic or from a viral infection that you might have while taking the medication. ...Read more
One week: Five to seven days is an adequate time period. ...Read more
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