C Diff Symptoms: A Guide

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  • C Difficile symptoms often occur after treatment with antibiotics for another condition.
  • The first c diff symptoms may include diarrhea and cramping.
  • Flu-like symptoms of weakness, dehydration, fever, nausea, vomiting can follow.
  • Extreme cases can cause blood in your feces.
  • Left untreated, sufferers can die – especially when they have other conditions that the c difficile complicates.

If you think you might have it seek medical confirmation as the symptoms above may also cover other illnesses.



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Jen March 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

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?

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Infection Watch March 16, 2015 at 6:53 am

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.

Dave
Cdifficile.org

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Lisa m trejo March 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

I am scared please help me my stool is a black col0r with a foul odor

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admin March 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

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

Dave

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Lisa m trejo March 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I am scared please help me

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