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How Long Do C Diff Spores Live On Surfaces
I am 47 women with RA working at a nursing home use percautions is c diff transmitted through air born spores?
No: C. diff requires contact precautions not airborne. ...Read more
Not many: The key point in most cases of "c. Diff" is the change in the micro flora of the gut through the use of antimicrobials. ...Read more
Good question: Hard to say. We don't routinely test patients with c diff to confirm eradication after treatment, because they can still be asymptomatic carriers (test positive but feeling well). So are they contagious? Probably not. The vast majority of people exposed to someone with prior c diff don't get sick. But exposure to active c diff could lead to colonization, or even infection if on antibiotics. ...Read more
Long if not treated: C. Difficile can cause a prolonged severe colitis if it is not treated. If treated it usually starts to improve 3-4 days into the 10-14 day treatment course. Relapses occur in 25% of cases. These relapses require re-treatment and can continue to recur requiring prolonged pulse/taper vancomycin treatment and even fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more
Time can be variable: There's a variation in time from sooner to later. If this is a suspicion your physician can test it. ...Read more
Depends on if your symptoms totally resolve on the vancomycin. Generally 10 to 14 days. However some people are carriers and have no symptoms.
Get a stool check when you feel better to answer this question totally. ...Read more
Difficult to say: But things should improve as soon as you start having loose stools. That being said, you can still have a positive c diff stool test up to thirty days after affective treatment, so give yourself a month after symptoms resolve and see if you have returned to your baseline. If symptoms recur, make sure to let your doc know. Hope that helps! ...Read more
CDI sooner or later: We're constantly in contact w/bacteria like c. Diff. We 'eat' the spore or rarely the vegitative (actively growing) bacteria. Stomach acid kills veg form. The spore passes to bowel & hangs out (>1 mo). It can pass out or if conditions are right (normal flora disrupted) due to antibiotics, immunedefic, chronic illnesses, chemo, or bad luck it sprouts to veg form & makes toxins which make us ill. ...Read more
Ihave c diff & given flagyl. I have been on it 5 days without improvement. How long does this take to clear up? Any home pain remedies?
Difficult infection: C difficile can be a major and an aggravating infection! There can be resistant infections that can take weeks to finally resolve. Bowel infections may take longer to treat in the sense that they are no longer infected, but not yet symptom-free. Continue with plenty of hydration and fiber in the diet. Follow up with your Family Doc if you finish the Flagyl, but still feel sick! ...Read more
How long will metro take to show some improvement on c.diff? How long will it take to cure? Will my digestive system be back to normal? Thank you
36, fem, C-Diff infec 30 dys ago. Was on Vancomycin. Better. C-scopy - no maj. Inflam. Feel full in anal area. How long before normal? Residual Sympts?
Repeat testing: C diif is sometimes not eradicated with a first course of an antibiotic. It is therefore very important to repeat the testing to confirm eradication of the infection. If repeat testing confirms eradication of infection and you are still having gastrointestinal symptoms then it is very important to have a consult with a gastrointestinal specialist ...Read more
Depends: In most cases, c diff is treated with 2 weeks of antibiotics. This is effective around 85% of the time, but 15% can "relapse" after their antibiotics. This requires more antibiotics. After that, an even higher % will have a 2nd relapse. Treatment is with even more antibiotics. And so on. Some patients have had relapsing diff for years! We can often cure them with a stool transplant. ...Read more
Depends: If you are intimate with the individual who has had c. Difficile colitis they may still be a stool carrier and have the potential to give it to you. If this is casual contact, transmission is not likely once the diarrhea has stopped. But continue washing hands and taking routine sanitary precautions. ...Read more
48hr: After resolvement of diarrhea or other symptoms. ...Read more
How long does it take to fully recover from c. Diff. Any after complications? How long till stool gets back to normal after meds. Thank you
How many days for symptoms to improve Vancomycin for c.diff? Flagyl did not cure. How long wait before try another ABX? When should let Dr know?
C diff: This has become VERY hard to treat. If no better in 7-10 days then may need to try different treatment. I know it sounds gross but fecal transplants (instilling infusion of stool free of c diff into your colon) have been helpful in tough cases. Hope this helps. Best of luck Dr R ...Read more
When I had C-diff my a platelets were 599 x10E3/UL. I no longer have c-diff, but my platelets are stil high at 406 x10E3/UL 6 weeks later. Normal??
How long will it take to get c.diff test results? Gave sample on Friday still waiting for results
Usually @1- 2 days: Check with your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Several days: Several days depending on the length and severitiy of the infection. ...Read more
Depends: C. Diff does not bother your stomach, it bothers your colon and can be fatal. Your recovery can take a long time or it can be quick if a fecal enema is used. That will usually fix c diff in a couple of hours. You need to get rid of the "ick" factor though. Also you need to have a doctor who knows about it and has the guts to use it. Better than an autopsy imho. ...Read more
C.difficile in kids: C.Difficile is frequently cultured from the stool of healthy newborns but considered pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff may cause pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicate inflammatory bowel disease, cause fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Get treated. ...Read more
How long does it take to get rid of c-diff? I have been on antibiotics 3 times in the past 6 months and am still having symtoms
If antibiotics, the conventional treatment, have not been effective, you may wish to discuss the option of fecal transplant with your doctor. See this site for more information in this topic. You may wish to contact a medical school near you to avail of this treatment.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/quick-inexpensive-90-percent-cure-rate. ...Read more
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