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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent C Diff When Taking Antibiotics

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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.

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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!

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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

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, (loperamide) 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.

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Going to be tested for C diff after antibiotic use. If I end up being tx for it, is it okay to try for pregnancy next month? Recurrence risk? Worried!

Going to be tested for C diff after antibiotic use. If I end up being tx for it, is it okay to try for pregnancy next month? Recurrence risk? Worried!

C diff: If your treatment for c diff is successful as determined by follow-up stool culture and you feel healthy, I don't see why you shouldn't attempt to get pregnant. If you have to stay on medications, then you should ask your obgyn for advice on this matter.

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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.

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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.

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Taking antibiotics and worried of c-diff, if diligent about cleaning, washing hands and not touching mouth/face, etc.- can this minimize my chances?

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.

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How to prevent c-diff while on antibiotics?

Yogurt with cultures: Talk non pasteurized yogurt (has to have active cultures in it).

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How long after stopping antibiotics are safe from getting c.Diff? Any thing to do to prevent from starting? Been taking florastor.

10 weeks: C. Difficile diarrhea can start as late as 10 weeks after stopping antibiotic treatment. Probiotics do decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated and c. Difficile diarrhea.

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How to prevent BV from returning after taking antibiotics?

How to prevent BV from returning after taking antibiotics?

Common: Good vaginal hygiene, avoid tight fitting undergarments, avoid vaginal perfumes and fragrances: unfortunately, a common female infection.

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What antibiotic can you safely take after having c diff 3 months ago? Also. How can you prevent recurrences?

What antibiotic can you safely take after having c diff 3 months ago? Also. How can you prevent recurrences?

Almost all: Antibiotics alter the healthy micro-flora in the gut and are therefore a setup for c diff. So none is completely safe. Probiotics or yogurt with active cultures may be of some help.

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Will taking antibiotics after an untreated strep throat recovers still be enough to prevent the complications?

Will taking antibiotics after an untreated strep throat recovers still be enough to prevent the complications?

Depends on situation: You have about 9 days from the first fever of a strep infection to begin the antibiotics that would stop most complications. Some complications like the occasional kidney disease (psgn) may occur within 7 days of the initial fever so it is a bit more difficult to stop unless treated early.

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ID Doc says take Vancomycin during treatment if I need other antibiotics and seven days after treatment to try to prevent C Diff? Thoughts??

ID Doc says take Vancomycin during treatment if I need other antibiotics and seven days after treatment to try to prevent C Diff? Thoughts??

Fecal transplant: Fecal transplants have been shown to be effective in treating C diff. Please discuss this option with your doctor, in case you need to take antibiotics.

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How do I prevent nausea from taking antibiotics?

How do I prevent nausea from taking antibiotics?

Try taking with food: An acid reducing medication such as Omeprazole might help, otherwise take on a full stomach. It may decrease the effectiveness of the antibiotic but if that is the only antibiotic you can take (ask your physician to be sure) it is a better approach than stopping entirely.

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How can I prevent infection of large scrapes on my right side of my body without taking antibiotics? I fell on pavement off of my bike at ~15 mph.

How can I prevent infection of large scrapes on my right side of my body without taking antibiotics? I fell on pavement off of my bike at ~15 mph.

Scrapes: If you just fell and scraped your skin you need to wash the area with soap and water, apply an antiseptic such as bactine spray, apply topical antibiotic such as neosporin then cover the area with sterile bandages and see your doctor.

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On antibiotics, scared about c-diff. Does everyone on meds get it? Recovering from infection, unsure of probiotics, what else can I do to prevent it?

On antibiotics, scared about c-diff. Does everyone on meds get it? Recovering from infection, unsure of probiotics, what else can I do to prevent it?

Pro mean with: And bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health.

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How can I prevent a yeast infection while and after taking antibiotics?

How can I prevent a yeast infection while and after taking antibiotics?

Probiotics: Probiotics are good bacteria, and can be taken in capsule form. They are omnipresent in food stores, health food stores. You can also eat yogurts but that has lots of sugar typically, unless you like plain yogurt.

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