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Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes.: Studies have shown that probiotics can prevent c.Diff infections and other antibiotic associated complications like diarrhea. Best way to prevent c.Diff infections is good hand washing if you visit a hospital or nursing home. Also by not taking antibiotics for viral illnesses like bronchitis and sinusitis. You increase your risk of c. Diff when you take abx for things like these. ...Read more

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Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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How can I prevent dehydration in my child that is infected with clostridium difficile?

How can I prevent dehydration in my child that is infected with clostridium difficile?

Fluids and Pepto: Dehydration from any cause should be preventable with attention to hydration with a balanced solution of water with electrolytes. It has been shown that patents with diarrheal diseases recover faster when they return to a normal diet as soon as they can eat food without vomiting. You should avoid most antidiarrheal medications except for bismuth subsulfate (pepto) because it binds the c diff toxin. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it ? Is there a way to prevent it ?

I am recovering from a clostridium difficile infection. I heard recurrence happens, how likely is it ? Is there a way to prevent it ?

Unlikely: Most people do not relapse. Older people seem to be highest risk. A well accepted and proven preventative option does not yet exist. Many infections don't need antibiotics (sinus, bronchitis, ear) so avoiding antibiotics if you can - one option. ...Read more

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Will good hygiene prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Will good hygiene prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes: Clostridium difficile (c.Diff) is transmitted from person to person via fecal oral route (contents of someone else's bum to your mouth). Hand sanitizers will not kill the c.Diff toxin. Hence, wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 1 minute. ...Read more

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Pregnant and terrified of clostridium sordelli. How can i prevent this? Should i be concerned if i have 2 previous healthy births.

Pregnant and terrified of clostridium sordelli. How can i prevent this? Should i be concerned if i have 2 previous healthy births.

Clostridium Sordelli: The United States Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) is studying this rare organism- Clostridium sordelli, and infections in women following medical abortion, or childbirth and maternal or infant umbilical stump infection. Infections are rare, and according to the CDC, women with underlying medical conditions that may affect immunity are most commonly affected. See link below. ...Read more

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What type of probiotic should I take to prevent BV?

What type of probiotic should I take to prevent BV?

Probiotics for BV: Oral probiotics will not help prevent BV because there is no way for them to travel from you intestinal tract to your genital tract. I suggest that you let your own vaginal micro-organisms establish their natural equilibrium, i.e no douching. For more information go here: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/bacterial-vaginosis.html ...Read more

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Can probiotics be helpful in preventing the noro virus?

Can probiotics be helpful in preventing the noro virus?

Probably not: While probiotics are helpful in prevention of bacterial gut infections, viruses are so small, they slip by a first line of defense--a healthy bacterial gut system. However, a study did show that preventative probiotics did shorten the course of fever (in an elderly group studied) when norovirus did hit them. Unfortunately, probiotics did not improve any other symptoms of gastroenteritis at all ...Read more

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What kind or brand of probiotic can I take to help me prevent uti? I heard of florastor but i'm not sure if they all have the same thing.Thanks

What kind or brand of probiotic can I take to help me prevent uti? I heard of florastor but i'm not sure if they all have the same thing.Thanks

Pro- & anti-biotics: Women w/recurrent uti's have been found to have altered flora w/ reduced lactobacillus sp and prolonged colonizn with uropathogens like e.Coli. Oral or intravaginal l. Rhamnosus gr-1; l. Reuteri (fermentum) rc-14, & l. Crispatus prevent adherance of pathogenic bacteria and reduce the incidence (not 100%) of recurrent uti's. If you plan to use probiotics, read the labels and look for these. ...Read more

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Will taking probiotics while on antibiotics help prevent yeast?

Will taking probiotics while on antibiotics help prevent yeast?

It may...: Probiotics help keep the normal bacteria in balance whil ethe antibioticcs kill both good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria mayplay a role in preventing yeat (not a bacteria0 by competing against it in your body. Hygiene, weight loss and avoidance of diabetes is especially in preventing yeast infection. Also keeping skin dry not most under breast and under other fat/skin folds. ...Read more

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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