C Diff contagious – preventing an infection


C Diff contagious infections occur because a bacteria carried in the intestine by many people without it making them ill is activated by antibiotics taken to treat other illness.  Why is C Diff contagious? It is potentially contagious when it results in diarrhea which then causes fecal contamination and colonization of other people.

How is c diff contagious?

Often the hand picks up c. difficile from a surface that has minute amounts of fecal waste. The bacteria can then find it’s way into the mouth via touch, food etc. C Diff is also thought to be found in the environment and investigations continue as to how it may infect people with no contact with other sufferers.

Protecting yourself and others

Family and friends of a C Diff sufferer can usually protect themselves by hand washing after personal contact, before meals and after toilet visits. You may also want to purchase Clorox type cleaners for use on high touch areas around the sufferer and around your home.

Other C Diff Contagious Questions

How is C Difficile Transmitted?
What is the C Diff Contagious Period?
Is There a Contagious C Diff Incubation Period?
Is C Diff Contagious Through Airborne Transmission?

What are the symptoms
How do I know I have it
How is it treated?
Is there a suggested C Diff diet
What is the 90% cured 'fecal transplant' therapy?
• What is C Diff?
The C Diff Smell - Key Facts for You

Understanding Your C Diff Infection
What is C Diff Your Symptoms: A Guide How is it diagnosed?
How does it make you ill?Colitis - The colon corroder
What are C Difficile toxins?What is Clostridium Difficile?
Is it a bacteriaC Diff Test - Your Guide

How do you catch it
What is the Contagious Period? | Is There an Incubation Period
Is it contagious? | Is it Contagious Through Airborne Transmission?
How is it Transmitted? | How can it be prevented?

C Difficile Treatment
What about recurring infections? What is the 'fecal transplant' therapy?
C Diff Drugs VancocinFlagyl TreatmentFidaxomicin (Dificid)
C Diff TreatmentC Diff Diet

Article written by Dave Roberts.
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AG July 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

My 94 year old mother was given antibiotics for a toe infection. The pharmacist advised probiotics, but she did get diarrhea, which then resulted in a lot of rectal bleeding. She was hospitalized, diagnosed as having C Diff, & put on two antibiotics. Now, 12 days later, I am experiencing diarrhea. Should I assume I have it also, and if I go to a doctor to be diagnosed, am I not exposing everyone there with the germs? Should I simply call the Dr. and ask for a prescription for the antibiotic?


admin July 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Are you medicated at this time? If you have caught her infection, which is not impossible, it would not usually make you ill automatically, but may do if you are on some types of medication. Visiting a doctor is not a problem if you exercise good hand hygiene before going and do not have to visit the toilet while there. Your issues may be unrelated but it’s worth checking in with the doctors. Antibiotics will make you worse unless you get the right one.



nick del pizzo June 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm

My 100 year old mother has been diagnosed with c-dif following a stay at local hospital. She is now back at her nursing home, but showing no signs of c-dif-she had c-dif three years ago and was quite ill, n=and had to be hospitalized twice because to it. My question is, can she be testing positive because of the prior infection three years ago? She says she does not currently have diarrhea, but not sure how accurately she is reporting..


Barbara Anderson May 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I had what I thought was a stomach virus 5 days ago that had sever diarrhea and cramping. It was very scary. The worst of it was just one day. My stomach was still a little sore for two days after. I lost 3lbs that day. After, I thought nothing of it other than a stomach virus. I feel great now.
My Sister has Mithenious Grathous ( I know I did not spell that right) It is a rare condition that affects the nerves and muscles. Yesterday she was admitted to the hospital and told after the test came back that she has C-Diff. She came to my house two days ago just after I was sick. My house is always very clean. Is it possible that I may have had C-Diff and gave it to her? Is it possible to have C-Diff and not need treatment? Everything I have read says otherwise, but I am fine now. Could this be a coincident?


admin June 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

As many as 15% of people carry C Diff in a benign state and become ill because of other treatments. This is likely to be the case with your sister



Cindy March 27, 2014 at 3:08 am

Are my dogs at risk of coming down with C-Diff? My mother, who lives with us was diagnosed last week with C-diff. 2 of my 3 dogs have been vomiting, coughing & refusing to eat for 2 days. Is this a coincidence or not?


admin March 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

It is not impossible, the medical journals have studies on c diff in dogs, but only a test by a vet will be able to clarify. It is more likely to be another cause.

Dave Roberts


Luca October 1, 2013 at 3:57 am

Well I just got diagnosed with this today, and everything I’ve read so far doesn’t sound very good. About four weeks ago, I had very bad stomach pains, and diarrhea. Its gotten better, but I’m still having diarrhea. I’ve been taken probiotic vitamins, and just got a two week prescription of Metronidazole to take. I just wondered if this is safe, and effective, and will it help? Also what are the chances of my wife catching this from me. She in pregnant, and I don’t want anything risking her, or the baby. Any help would be appreciated.


admin October 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

The drug you have been given often works. It is a mainstream well tested drug for C Difficile. The risk in house holds where you are all washing your hands 4-5 times a day is low. Shut the toilet lid before flushing.

There is a risk but it is low



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