Top
10
Doctor insights on: Will Good Hygiene Prevent Clostridium

Share
1

1
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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
429 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
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

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
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

5

5
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

6

6
Chances of clostridium difficile returning after 2days of flagyl. 16days vancomyclin. Does the vanco or Flagyl kill the good bacteria too?

Chances of clostridium difficile returning after 2days of flagyl. 16days vancomyclin. Does the vanco or Flagyl kill the good bacteria too?

Unlikely: As mentioned to youearlier, get recultured. Treatment with vancoand or Flagyl should have cured you and yes the drugs can affect normal flora in your gut. That is one of the reasons for taking probiotic. ...Read more

7

7
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

8

8
Can you get clostridium dificile from some who has it?

Can you get clostridium dificile from some who has it?

Yes...: exactly why we isolate patients in the hospital and clean their rooms with bleach. Development of disease however requires certain risk factors such as recent antibiotics, us of acid suppressing medications etc. Rarely have i encountered patients without any classic risk factors. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Can I leave the country if I have clostridium difficile?

Probably not: C difficile can be a very serious illness, and recurs in 20 -30% of patients. You must ask your doctor if you should postpone your trip until a time when you are healthier. Foreign travelers should always carry prescribed medications with carry-on and not in checked luggage. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
What is the definition or description of: clostridium difficile?

Sometimes called: 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, a potentially lethal disease. ...Read more