This is an area where research is ongoing, but here are some of the possible reasons.
1 They have been reinfected through another hospital contact and a cycle of sickness has started again
2 The drugs previously given subdued it but did not kill it. There is some evidence that some bacteria will ‘switch off’ and go dormant in their fight against vancocin. When the balance of the intestine is disturbed again by drug treatment for another illness the latent c diff is re-activated.
3 Little is known about the general prevelance of c difficile in the environment and community. Figures of 3-35% who might be ‘silent carriers’ are sometimes mentioned in the scientific literature. There is also a growing body of evidence that some are suffering c difficile infections without hospital contact. The possibility of community spread cannot be ruled out.
4 The intestine can sometimes be so disturbed by drug treatment, infection and illness that it struggles to get right. The controversial fecal transplant method does suggest that healthier fecal matter can restore the intestine to balance and break the cycle of 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 bacteria • C 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 Vancocin • Flagyl Treatment • Fidaxomicin (Dificid)
C Diff Treatment • C Diff Diet
Article written by Dave Roberts.
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