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How do people get c diff?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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In brief: Usually antibiotics

C.Difficile is a common bacteria that can cause problems when the normal bacteria of the gut/intestines is wiped out.
This can happen with any antibiotic, and the more antibiotics used, and the longer used, the more likely a problem will occur. Probiotics(friendly bacteria) can help when taking antibiotics, but may not be enough. Pain, blood, diarrhea, fever are warning signs and need evaluation.

In brief: Usually antibiotics

C.Difficile is a common bacteria that can cause problems when the normal bacteria of the gut/intestines is wiped out.
This can happen with any antibiotic, and the more antibiotics used, and the longer used, the more likely a problem will occur. Probiotics(friendly bacteria) can help when taking antibiotics, but may not be enough. Pain, blood, diarrhea, fever are warning signs and need evaluation.
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