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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get clostridium (c diff) infection?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Unrelated factors

C diff: bacteria that normally lives in many peoples colons.
Can be dormant (spores). When "peaceful co-existence" is unbalanced, c diff can overgrow, make toxin, cause watery diarrhea that can become severe; could get worse, even life threatening. Factors include antibiotic (ab) use (even 2mos previously), recent nursing home/ hosp adm, ibd, preg, contact with. Wash hands, no ab unless needed.Rx.

In brief: Unrelated factors

C diff: bacteria that normally lives in many peoples colons.
Can be dormant (spores). When "peaceful co-existence" is unbalanced, c diff can overgrow, make toxin, cause watery diarrhea that can become severe; could get worse, even life threatening. Factors include antibiotic (ab) use (even 2mos previously), recent nursing home/ hosp adm, ibd, preg, contact with. Wash hands, no ab unless needed.Rx.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unrelated

Clostridium difficile is present in the normal colon.
Disease often occurs when antibiotics wipe out other normally present bacteria and allow cl. Diff to multiply and produce toxins which damage the bowel wall. It has nothing to do with smoking or diet directly.

In brief: Unrelated

Clostridium difficile is present in the normal colon.
Disease often occurs when antibiotics wipe out other normally present bacteria and allow cl. Diff to multiply and produce toxins which damage the bowel wall. It has nothing to do with smoking or diet directly.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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