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Doctor insights on: Saccharomyces Boulardii C Difficile

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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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Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present
clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?

Have diarrhea or no?: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more

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C. Difficile - experience with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile - experience with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile: Mild cases of c. Difficile infection can often be cured by discontinuing the antibiotics responsible.In more serious cases, oral administration of, first, oral Metronidazole and - if that fails - then, second, vancomycin and if unsucessful again, intravenous Metronidazole can be used. Relapses of c. Difficile have been reported in up to 20% of cases. ...Read more

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C. Difficile related to experiences with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile  related to experiences with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile: Mild cases of c. Difficile infection can often be cured by discontinuing the antibiotics responsible.In more serious cases, oral administration of, first, oral Metronidazole and - if that fails - then, second, vancomycin and if unsucessful again, intravenous Metronidazole can be used. Relapses of c. Difficile have been reported in up to 20% of cases. ...Read more

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Can vancomycin cause c diff infection?

Can vancomycin cause c diff infection?

Possible, unlikely: Vancomycin is seldom taken orally, and when it is it can at least partially treat c. Difficile infection, although it isn't active against spores. When taken IV it is primarily excreted by the kidneys and little is likely to get into the distal colon unchanged. If it did it will not alter flora significantly and predispose to cl. Difficile overgrowth or toxin production by the vegetative form. ...Read more

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Relationship of c. Difficile/pseudomembranous colitis?

One and the Same: Pseudomembraneous colitis, so-named based on its appearance via colonoscopy, is caused by an overgrowth of clostridium difficile in the colon secondary to antibiotic use. Treatment, ironically, involves administering (different) antibiotics. Rarely, life-threatening dilitation of the colon can occur, sometimes requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can doxycycline cause c difficile?

Can doxycycline cause c difficile?

Yes: Any antibiotic including, Doxycycline can increase your risk of getting c. Difficile diarrhea. However, because Doxycycline has poor activity against anaerobes (the majority of bacteria found in your colon) it is less likely than other antibiotics to cause c. Difficile diarrhea. ...Read more

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What's clostridium difficile?

What's clostridium difficile?

Colitis: This organism causes colitis in patients given antibiotis. The antibiotics kill the normal flora in the colon and allow c diff to grow. It releases a toxin that causes necrosis and ulcers in the colon. The infection may be acquired in the hospital and sperad by hospital, on their hands, from one patient to another. ...Read more

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Can vancomycin cause a c diff infection?

Usually not: Vancomycin orally treats c.Diff. Intravenous vancomyin might disrupt the bacterial flora and lead to overgrowth. ...Read more

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What is c. diff colitis?

See below: It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospital acquired infection. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic though fecal transplant is helpful in some patients. See this site for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient.html ...Read more

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Who gets c. Diff infection? 

Hospital: The majority of c. Diff cases occur in the hospital with patients who are taking antibiotics to treat recent infections. Other risk factors include being over the age of 65, colon disease, being in a hospital or nursing home for an extended period of time, have a weak immune system, abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery, or previous history of c. Diff infections. ...Read more

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Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Why is clostridium difficile an opportunistic infection?

Lack of normal bugs: C diff only get foot hold in the colon when normal bugs are killed off by antibiotics. ...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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What is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

What is intestinal infection with clostridium difficile?

Abx complication: An infection resulting from antibiotic use that can cause diarrhea and other colonic problems. It requires treatment with either Metronidazole or oral vancomycin. ...Read more

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Ibs from c. Diff? Can c diff cause ibs?

Ibs from c. Diff? Can c diff cause ibs?

IBS/C. Diff: Small percentage of patients will have linger symptoms after an episode of c. Diff infection or any intestinal infection chronically. This is known as post-infectious ibs. Suggest to work closely with your GI specialist to rule out other causes (recurrent or incomplete treatment of infection) and treat your symptoms accordingly. ...Read more

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What can transmit clostridium difficile?

Fecal contamination: C diff may be transmitted from one patient to an other on the hands of hospital workers if they do not wash hands between patients. ...Read more

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What is c diff colonized? If there a difference between c diff or c diff colotis?

What is c diff colonized? If there a difference between c diff or c diff colotis?

Name of the organism: The first is the name of the organism the second is the name of the condition. This condition can be varied to the can be very debilitating . You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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Coud c diff be treated with probiotics?

Coud c diff be treated with probiotics?

Not really...: C. Difficile, when pathologic, is a bacterial infection and as such warrants specialized antibiotic treatment with documentation of eradication following such appropriate therapy. That being said, a special probiotic (florastor = sacchromyces boulardes) can help inhibit growth of c.Diff, can help reduce recurrence in at risk populations, and may possibly prophylax against c.Diff infection. ...Read more

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