How does C Diff make you ill?

How does c diff make you ill? The actions of antibiotics taken for other conditions can change your gut bacteria and allow toxic c.difficile to attack your stomach cell linings.

Where does it come from?

  • C.Difficile is found in the soil, in animals and the food chain.
  • It often enters our houses through the dust on our feet.
  • It often enters our bodies via the mouth.
  • It is transported there by the hand which has often picked it up from a surface.
  • The deadlier strains may have spread out from our hospitals into the community


How does c diff make you ill? The actions of antibiotics taken for other conditions can change your gut bacteria and allow toxic c.difficile to attack your stomach cell linings.

Where does it come from?

  • C.Difficile is found in the soil, in animals and the food chain.
  • It often enters our houses through the dust on our feet.
  • It often enters our bodies via the mouth.
  • It is transported there by the hand which has often picked it up from a surface.
  • The deadlier strains may have spread out from our hospitals into the community

How does c diff make you ill – The bacteria

  • C difficile bacteria can be found in human excretment. It lives in the large bowel (colon).
  • Some C. difficile bacteria produce toxins that can cause diarrhea.
  • It can also change to a tougher, harder to kill spore.
  • Spores can survive hot and cold temperatures and are resistant to the action of many chemicals, including the  alcohol-based hand sanitizers often found in hospitals.
  • Because they then ‘hang around’ the spores can infect others

How does c diff make you ill – The infection

  • A healthy large bowel has many bacteria.
  • Not all of them are destructive and in many cases they stop c difficile from growing if a person is a carrier of the bacteria.
  • Antibiotic treatment for other conditions can sometimes kill the bacteria that are holding C difficile in check.
  • If the C. difficile strains in a persons stomach are the type that produce toxins, these toxins may make you sick by attacking the mucus and lining of the stomach and intestine.  Dead cells and other toxic elements cluster together in destructive islands of infection.
  • The diarrhea and other symptoms that you may develop in these situations are called Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD)
  • (Not all diarrhea while taking antibiotics is caused by C. difficile.)


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