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How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

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 more

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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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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?

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 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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How long after taking antibiotics can you get a rash?

How long after taking antibiotics can you get a rash?

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

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How long after taking antibiotics (ciprofolxacin) i can try to get pregnant?

TTC: There is nothing about being on antibiotics and attempting to get pregnant. There is no connection or advisory. ...Read more

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If u have pneumonia or walking pneumonia will antibiotics help get rid of it? How long for u get better after taking antibiotics? What else need to do

If u have pneumonia or walking pneumonia will antibiotics help get rid of it? How long for u get better after taking antibiotics? What else need to do

Yes.: Pneumonia of any type, bacterial in origin, needs antibiotics and has to be the proper one. It is difficult to predict how soon people get well, but if treated properly, a person must be better in 48 hours. Good expectoration of secretion is necessary. ...Read more

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Now that 2 year old is taking antibiotics for her pink eye will it still get crusty. If so for how long after taking the antibiotics will it clear?

Now that 2 year old is taking antibiotics for her pink eye will it still get crusty. If so for how long after taking the antibiotics will it clear?

Eye drops or oral?: Dropperfuls of antibiotic.This can be very different. Usually if eye drops, it will help clear the pink eye quickly, and you will see some crust and need to wash it off. Keep your baby's towels completely separate from the rest of the family, or it can spread to you & others.The crustiness will start clearing fairly quickly especially over the next 24-72 hours, you'll continue to see improvement. ...Read more

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Ive been taking antibiotics for a UTI for going on 4 days now but can't seem to get rid of it. Is it okay to take Cystex or Azo for the pain and discomfort while on antibiotics and how long to wait before I go see the doctor if it does it go away?

Ive been taking antibiotics for a UTI for going on 4 days now but can't seem to get rid of it. Is it okay to take Cystex or Azo for the pain and discomfort while on antibiotics and how long to wait before I go see the doctor if it does it go away?

4 days: You can take Azo while you are on antibiotics for a UTI; however, you should follow the directions and not use Azo longer than recommended in the directions. Also If you have been on antibiotics for 4 days and aren't getting better, you may have an infection that isn't sensitive to the antibiotic you are on. You need to see your doctor tomorrow and ask about this. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more