What is C Diff (Clostridium Difficile)?

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What is C Difficile? What are the symptoms of C Diff infection? How can it be treated and how can it be prevented? Our bodies are home to many bacteria including c diff. Good bacteria kills or inhibits “bad” bacteria before it can harm us. When the good bacteria are killed by antibiotics taken for other medical conditions, C Difficile, which some people carry in their intestines, can create severe illness.



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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C Diff Foundation July 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Dear Dave,
Our sincere gratitude for sharing the “Raising C Diff Awareness” educational events being hosted in September and November. We appreciate your participation and we hope to meet you in November in Chicago. Best to you and yours,
C Diff Foundation

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Kiyo Goto June 25, 2014 at 6:20 am

As I collect information about clostridium difficile colitis , it makes me so angry that the hospital where my wife (Kayoko) had entered for a fractured FEMUR bone could not diagnose the problem as soon as she developed diarrhea. I informed the medical staff that she has never had diarrhea problems in her life. That she was more likely to have constipation problems.. She passed away without ever being able to come home!! Two days after her operation, she was hallucinating like she was on some kind of drugs!! I informed the staff that something is wrong!! I sure wish that I had this knowledge on clostridium difficile colitus at that time..

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mary rabquer June 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Kiyo–I am so very sorry for the loss of your wife. For the hospital to not know immediately what was causing the diarrhea is inexcusable. I cannot believe this happened. You go into a hospital thinking they are fixing what you went in there for and end up walking out with a whole new set of problems. Or, in your case, be one of the tragedies of this horrible condition. 16,000 people a year die from C-Diff related issues. My heart breaks that your loved one was one of them.

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mary March 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Dee:
I am SO GLAD you are having the transplant on Friday!! It is definitely a piece of cake…or piece of poop (LOL). You will feel nothing at all. They gave me some “happy juice” and I was out. Exactly the same as a colonoscopy. I did have to clean myself out (I was convinced there was nothing left inside me but there was a little). That was the worst part. I was home within 4 hours. I was very reluctant to go to the bathroom & just wanted to lay in bed and let the good bacteria multiply. I had the procedure on Friday & had a little diarrhea on Sunday from the after effects of cleaning myself out. On Wednesday, I had a “normal” bowel movement. One. There was no c:diff smell, no odd color. It was normal. I do have some gastro problems as a result of my c:diff & am on a reflux medication. But, the doctor said my c:diff was at the highest farthest part of my colon & not surprised I have some reflux. I will take that any day over a colostomy. Please let me know if you have any specific questions. You will do fine, Dee. Please email me and let me know how you are. mary.b.rabquer@owenscorning.com. Good luck & God Bless. I pray all goes well for you.

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