C Diff Symptoms: 4 Key facts you should know

C Diff symptoms – If after reading this page you feel you may have a c difficile infection seek medical confirmation as the symptoms described may also cover other illnesses. C Difficile symptoms often occur after treatment with antibiotics for another condition. You should consider that when checking the symptoms below.

What causes c diff symptoms

As many as 1 in 6 people may carry c difficile in their intestine but not have an active infection. The active infection often happens when antibiotics or medical prescriptions taken for other conditions also impact  gut bacteria that were not the original target. These ‘good’ bacteria will have been holding the c difficile in check. They now interact with contents of the intestine and their toxins provoke the diarrhea that is a common c diff symptom.

Other indicators from your medical history may also help clarify your symptoms. Protein pump inhibitor medications prescribed for acid reflux issues are believed to make you more vulnerable to c diff infections because of the changes they have already made in your gut bacteria. Statins, often prescribed for a variety of conditions are thought to make you less vulnerable to extreme c difficile.

What are the most common c diff symptoms

The first c diff symptoms may include diarrhea and cramping. This might occur up to 15 times a day. Usually however the diarrhea happens between 3-5 times a day. C Diff infection often produces foul smelling stool. This is a distinctive symptom and many medical staff can make an initial diagnosis on smell alone – find out more here. Extreme cases can cause blood in your feces.

What other symptoms might follow

Flu-like symptoms of weakness, dehydration, fever, nausea, vomiting can follow. C difficile infections are a major assault on your body and may therefore make you more vulnerable to other conditions you have.

Get a c.difficile test

There are several strains of c difficile. New tests mean that you can now have a diagnosis in hours rather than days. This will help ensure you get the right medication to deal with with the strain you have. Find out more here

Take action

Not every c difficile infection becomes a major illness. Some mild cases resolve themselves when you stop taking the antibiotics. But you need to take action or seek advice nevertheless. Left untreated, sufferers can die – especially when they have other conditions that the c difficile complicates.

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62 thoughts on “C Diff Symptoms: 4 Key facts you should know

  1. rebecca

    I just want people to know this:

    Several years ago, I was in the hospital for depression. At one point, I became ill. The staff moved me into a single room, and gave me clindamycin. I was allergic to the clindamycin, and became severely ill at that point. I had awful smelling diarrhea about every 15 minutes, could not get myself clean, and whenever I ate, I vomited.

    The doctor, in his infinite wisdom, discharged me, telling me my symptoms were psychosomatic.

    A day or so later, I tried to eat, and vomited my food immediately after swallowing. At that point, I was very weak and dehydrated, and decided to go to a health clinic.

    The point is:

    This was supposedly a “top-notch” hospital in the middle of a major city. The doctor discharged me with symptoms that, even if they had been psychosomatic, needed to be treated. The experience was one of the worst I’ve had in my life, and includes how I was treated during the infection, not just the infection itself. The C. Diff culminated in a two-week+ hospital stay where i was in isolation, and everyone who came into the room had to wear gowns, gloves, and booties. I was not allowed to eat, was on IV antibiotics, and couldn’t see my family (my grandparents lived in the area, and letting older people in was too much of a risk).

    This C. Diff infection went untreated for about a week. It was a bad infection from the beginning. Hospitals in this city were known to have resistant strains of C. Diff at that time—which leads me to wonder what the doctor was thinking in letting me out into the community. He was a resident psychiatrist, and even though I asked to see a doctor, one never came to see me.

    I was healthy and in my 20’s, and I shudder to think what would have happened if there had been other complicating factors.

    Please don’t let yourself be the guinea pig that I was. I wish that I had had someone to advocate for me at that time. Normal, healthy people do not vomit and have almost constant diarrhea.

  2. Jen

    My doctor seems to think I have C diff but he didn’t tell me it was contagious. He prescribed Metronidazole 500 milligrams 3 times a day for 7 days. Prior to the Metronidazole, I was experiencing Diarrhea about 10-15 times a day off and on for a 7 day period, no fever, no blood in the stool, sever stomach cramping that only happened at night that made me feel as if I was dying, along with chills and muscle spasms. Over that 7 day period, the first day I had diarrhea once, the 2nd day I felt like a million bucks and had no problems. The 3rd and 4th day nor diarrhea, the 5th day, had diarrhea at least 6 times, the 6th day no diarrhea but the 7th day it started and lasted for 2.5 days about 10-15 times a day. I also have IBS which I don’t usually have too much issues with. I have been on antibiotics off and on for at least 9 months out of the last 12 months for urinary tract infections that wouldn’t go away, sinus and upper respiratory infection and for a salivary gland infection. I took antibiotics for the Urinary Tract infection for 6 of those months but not consecutively. I keep reading that C Diff is contagious and I am curious to know how long it’s contagious for and if I should be going to work around others? The diarrhea has stopped since I started taking the Metronidazole. I am on my 3rd pill of this antibiotic while waiting for my test results to come back. I am curious about it being deadly as well. Can anyone give me their thoughts on this please? Should I be concerned about it still being contagious? Should I throw out my blankets on my bed or just wash them in really hot water? Am I over thinking this?

    1. Infection Watch

      C Diff is usually only deadly to people already seriously ill with other conditions and also elderly. It can damage the colon and start a serious illness but this is rare.

      The contagion is often low. Disinfect high touch areas such as door handles, light switches and bathroom surfaces near the toilet. Always close the lid when flushing. A hot wash for linens. Domestic infection is rare and carriers may never develop an active infection.

      Your are right to be concerned but the risks are low.


    1. admin Post author

      Have you had medication recently. Can you tell us what it was if so. Seek medical help if the condition persists



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