What is C Diff?

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What is C Difficile? It sickens 500,000 people per year in the USA alone. It is thought to contribute to or directly cause the death of about 30,000 in the USA annually.

Our bodies are home to many bacteria. This often includes c. difficile. This potentially dangerous bacteria is prevented from harming us by the action of other bacteria at work in our gut. When these ‘good’ bacteria are killed by antibiotics when treating another illness , C Diff may then create severe illness in the intestine.

What is c difficile (c diff)?

Clostridium Difficile is found in soil, animals and humans. It can form spores that are hard to destroy. Read More

What are the symptoms of a c diff infection?

These include fever, stomach cramps and diahrrea. Learn the difference between mild and severe c.diff. Read More


How do I know I have c difficile?

A guide to c.difficile tests. Knowing what strain of c diff infection you have is important. Read More

What is the c diff treatment?

It may be simple as stopping antibiotics. It could be special drugs. In difficult cases it may need a fecal transplant Read More

Is there a C.Diff diet?

Simple suggestions to help you recover from c.diificile infections Read More

The C Diff Fecal Transplant Therapy Explained

It sounds gross but it cures 90% of the people who have chronic c difficile Read More

The C Diff Smell

C Diff is thought to have a distinctive smell Read More

What is C Diff Colitis?

An infection can daamage the colon. Find out how. Read More

Is C Difficile Contagious?
What causes C Difficile?

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Judy September 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I had blood coming from my urine and my stools so my doctor put me on 2500 mg of antibiotics a day. After a week I was having severe diahrrea 12-13 times a day. I called my doc who seemed unconcerned and I became so week and cound not even go out of my house because it was almost uncontrolable. After about 6 weeks I contacted her again and she told me to see a gastronoligist so I called the one I had used one time before. He said I hope you don’t have C. Dif…I had no idea what he was talking about but I had it BIG TIME and almost died. I was put on antibotics and after several weeks and fluids I started to feel like I was going to live. So now I have to beware that I can have it again and have to tell all of my doctors that I have had C.Dif. So everyone, make sure you tell all of your docs that you have had it.

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Karen Amesyahoo August 2, 2013 at 2:54 am

Can u have c diff in blood

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admin August 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yes you can but usually not in mild cases. See this page for further insight. http://www.ehow.com/about_5467768_sepsis-cdiff-infection.html

Dave
c-diff.net

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Teresa August 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I was told by an RN that c-diff is a fungal infection and is to be treated with anti-fungal creames. Then she said the way a patient can get this is if they hadn’t washed their hands (or hadn’t washed well enough) after a bowel movement.
Is this true?
How about when a hospital has 5 or 6 pt’s on the same floor and the same RN’s are in and out of these rooms (yes, wearring gowns and gloves) and when the nutrition dept. delivers the trays (they DO NOT change gowns or gloves) Can the pt. be infected just by the nutrition dept touching trays or tables… of infected pt’s room then delivering trays to other pt’s? After all people in the hospital are usually there becauses of whatever sickness their immune systems are probably compromised. Thank you for your time and experience.

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Barby September 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

This is not a reply, but a related question…….Someone very close to me is in a nursing home & the patient across the hall has C-Diff. This patient’s wife died from C-Diff. How worried should people be if their loved one resides across the hall from a patient with C-Diff?

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admin September 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

A little bit worried but not hugely. The room across the hall may be contaminated with c diff but the main conduit of that to your friend is the hands of carers. If your friend asks her carers to always wash their hands before treating her that will eliminate much of the risk. A risk remains but it is much smaller

Dave
cdifficile.org

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sherry March 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

my friend is going through this shit right now as we speak done went to every hospital for help but hopeless shady grove just gave him antibiotics but deff not working hes in a lot of pain and feels so drained out I feel for him like no one wants to help him very scary wow I told him to come to this hospital here in Hagerstown hopefully they will help him there good there I think any way I need to know something my friend said he had it now going on a couple of years and he said he feels like he is dying what do we do????

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admin March 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

Google Fecal Transplant and the name of your state. It often stops these long terms episodes in days

Dave
CDifficile.org

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