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What is C Diff – your guide to prevention, symptoms and treatment

What is C Diff? 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 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 c diff best 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.difficile 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 damage the colon. Find out how. Read More

Is C Difficile Contagious?

C Diff can be very contagious – read our guide to how you can be aware of C Diff risks Read More

What causes C Diff?

C Diff is caused by the action from the toxins from the c difficile bacteria that may reside in your stomach. What wakes them from their dormant state? Read More

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  1. You may not have it and it can take years for syptoms to emerge as they are usually provoked by you having antibiotics for another condition. The gut can cope with c diff unless the coping mechanisms are overwhemed by antibiotics.

    The main danger to your friend is transient carriage where you have cdiff on your hands via an active infection – persistent diahrrea or your time spent with someone who has one. Good hand hygiene reduces to the risk to virtually zero


  2. Peggy Mccarty Peggy Mccarty

    Just found out my mother in law who’s about at the last part of her journey here on earth, tested positive for c-diff 2 days ago. We were not told and went into her room, around her, etc. plus it was the first time the hospital tested her and said she might have gotten it weeks before in the nursing home she was in. My question is…how long does it usually take for symptoms to show up? I have a friend I’m suppose to be seeing thru a lung transplant. Needless to say, I’m scared to be around her now. PLEASE, if anyone knows about how long it would be until I knew I didn’t contract the infection, let me know? Thank you all or whoever. Peggy

  3. We are conducting a new clinical research study for C.diff. To find out if you qualify go to or 877-829-0899 to speak to a study nurse.

  4. Judy Judy

    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.

  5. Karen Amesyahoo Karen Amesyahoo

    Can u have c diff in blood

  6. Teresa Teresa

    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.

    • Barby Barby

      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?

      • admin admin

        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


        • 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????

          • admin admin

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


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