Is C Diff contagious?

April 25, 2011 · 65 comments

Is C Diff contagious? It is not a ‘fast spreading’ infection in normal circumstances but it can very contagious when it results in diahrrea. C Diff can be carried by many people without it making them ill. It can cause infection when ‘good’ bacteria within the intestine are killed or inhibited by antibiotic treatment for another illness. C Difficile infection will then emerge.

Like e.coli bacteria it often arrives in the intestine via the fecal/oral route. The hand picks up the bacteria from a surface that has minute amounts of fecal contamination. The bacteria can then find it’s way into the mouth via touch, food etc.

Family and friends of a C Diff sufferer can protect themselves by hand washing. However careful hospitals or carers are there is likely to be some fecal contamination around a c diff patient. The most effective protection occurs when c diff is removed near the end of its journey to a new victim. Hand hygiene is therefore vital.

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nancy saul February 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

My daughter got very sick with diarea 5 to 9 times a day after she got a colonostopy. Could something have happened during that prosedure? She was in the hospital since Friday and they released her today and said she has colitis and possibly cdiff. The results aren’t back yet from 3 cdiff tests. My gutt feeling is that something went wrong during her colonostopy. Happy to hear back from you

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admin February 27, 2012 at 3:17 am

The chances are that the need to prescribe drugs because of the operation sparked of a c diff infection. 3-5% of people are c diff carriers without knowing it.

dave
cdifficile.org

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CANDACE February 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I LOST A WONDERFUL YOUNG FRIEND OF 54 YRS OLD. SHE WAS RECENTLY BATTLING BREAST CANCER AND HER DOCTORS WERE PROUD OF HER MEDICAL PROGRESS. SHE HAD CONTRACTED THE C DIFF INFECTION ONE TIME DURING CHEMOTHEAPY TREATMENTS.
SHE ONLY HAD TWO MORE CHEMO THERAPIES LEFT AND PROGRESSING WELL, AGAIN CONTRACTING C DIFF FOR THE SECOND TIME AT THE HOSPITAL. SHE PASSED AWAY ON FEB. 7 2012. I HOPE TO GOD THAT THERE WILL SOON BE A MEDICAL DISCOVERY TO COMBAT OR MORE SO PREVENT C DIFF.

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Mary Anne February 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Need help with disinfecting & prevention at home & art studio as an 89 yr old relative is moving in soon. I have C.Diff; been acutely ill 6 wks; diagnosed today; RX 1500mg Metronidazole per day. I can’t pinpoint when initial contracted as I have IBS. Is is possible I could have had it over 15 months without realizing it. I have a dog; could she have brought the spore into the house from anywhere & despite cleaning hands – transferred it to me without her getting sick? Now, major ? & need specific remedy: Prevent Spreading via Items in my house I cannot use bleach on – such as ceramic clay & bisque which is sold to outsiders – want to prevent spreading & repeat infection; HOW DO I CLEAN EVERY SURFACE, WITH WHAT, TO KILL EVERY LAST SPORE IN MY HOME, GARAGE, CAR, CERAMIC BUSINESS & DOG THINGS, “THE DOG”; hoards of stuff I’ve separated into piles @ Home sold to people already; items I need to ship this week to multiple folks, items for good will; garage sales plus all the old papers I have been touching/going thru to reduce 20 yrs of store items & clutter in my home.

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admin February 27, 2012 at 2:57 am

The dog may be a source but c difficile is not an uncommon bacteria in the environment. Not sure what to advise you re the potential contamination of these items.

dave
cdifficile.org

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Mary Anne February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

what do you use to kill spores on hard surfaces & surfaces like papers, bedding, plaster, food containers, electronics, pourous items etc……..

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admin February 27, 2012 at 2:53 am

Strong bleach. You might also like to look through our c diff prevention index

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Mary February 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

I am a nurse who recently was taken care of a pt with C-diff. They have a peg tube that was difficult to flush. When I tried to unstop the tube, the water splashed back and got in my eyes. What is the risk for me? The pt had already been on Vancomycin and Zosin for 7 days.

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admin February 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

If you were not already a c diff carrier (Some people are without knowing it), then such an accidental exposure can leave c diff near your mouth or on your hands from where it can enter you mouth and make it’s way to your intestine. Give the hand washing disciplines in a hospital the chances of you now being a carrier are quite low however. You can be a carrier without being ill. It just makes you more personally vulnerable to a medication related c diff incident.

dave
cdifficile.org

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Katie obrien February 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

My grandma just got diagnosed with c diff from the antibiotic she was on from her pneumonia. I just found out yesterday. I would like some more info on c diff. She is at southport square in pc and I would like to go c her but my dad says no, don’t go see her until she is better. I have 2 little girls at home. Is it ok if I go see her? She is in a room all by herself.

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admin February 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

The risk to family members of them becoming carriers is thought to be low. The risk of subsequent full blown infections even lower. See this page

Dave
cdifficile.org

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tina February 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

You usually get c diff from being on an antibiotic. what happens is that it kills the good bacteria in your stomach. The first action is to stop the antibiotic but also keep in mind that you can get sick even weeks an weeks after being on the antibiotic. You need to get a stool culture and a doctor that has experience treating this. NEXT only Bleach kills c diff NON of the anti bacteria stuff kills it. Get informed !! if stopping the antibiotic doesnt help. Then they will put you on flagyl or vancomycin or dificd these are known killers of c diff. Good Luck i had this 4 years ago it took a while but I got rid of it.

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Maurean March 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

recently (today) diagnosed w/ c diff; have been prescribed metronidazole; …I understand bleaching surfaces, vigilant hand washing, etc., to prevent others from contracting this, but can my dogs get it? and if so, what can I do to protect them?
Thanks in advance for your help…

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Dave March 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I have been recently been diagnosed with c diff via lab test from a stool sample.
My symptoms started two days after after two rounds of antibiotics for a tooth abscess.
I suffered extreme abdominal pain for about a week. I had only one night & a morning of diarrhea.. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones.
My doctor prescribed metronidazole & I haven’t taken the antibiotics because my body seems to be fighting off the infection on its own. I hope I’m making the right decision because I know this could develop be a very serious situation.
I’ve been eating lot’s of yogurt & drinking kefir to try to restore my natural intestinal balance. My symptoms are diminishing every day.
I hope I’m making the right decision about not taking the antibiotics.They obviously were the cause of this from the beginning. All I can say is I’m giving my body a chance,with a little help ,to go against my doctor’s recommendations for treatment….at least for now.If I was suffering as much as a lot of the people who have this condition have shown, I’d take the antibiotics in a minute. As I said before I might be lucky, but my body seems to be restoring itself to normal…we’ll see & I report back soon.

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Diana March 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hi my daughter has been told she has cdifff, she was on an antibotic from sinus infection. Im worried that my husband had cancer of the lungs as well as I am not in the best of health with thyroid/ diabectic issues…she wants me to come to the hospital to be with her since her husband is on call and already has missed alot of work when she was hospitalized for over a week before..Im worried with our immune system if this a good idea, I loved to be with her at this time, but dont need for either of us to be sick..we are both 6 years of age..can you advised me on this

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Brenda March 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Dave u say ur body “seems” to be taking care by its self typical male statement~~I feel better so will wait and see~~sadly by the time the c-diff gets back in swing it may be to late for you~~If your dr writes you a script he did it for your health, just saying~~know its your body and all but I also kno it is your life u are playing with~~
wishing u the best
Brenda

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Karen April 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

Hi! I have an 82 year old friend who has C-Diff. My father has IDDM-Type II and am a little concerned about him having Easter dinner with her. I’m worried about her hygiene and passing to him. Does his diabetes make him more susceptible? Should he skip dinner? Thank you for your help!

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admin April 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

C diff is carried via the fecal oral route in most cases. C difficile spores are sometimes shed or carried by sufferers. However domestic infection is noted in various studies as very low and can often be thwarted by handwashing after social contact.

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Sara April 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I work as direct care for an mr/dd facility, one of our residents has been sick with c diff for a number of weeks. I unfortunately work with him on a daily basis, that includes the hygiene and changing process. Last night I started to experience watery dirrahea, I have had a bowel movement about 4 times since then. Since I work around c diff on a daily basis I have convinced myself I have it since I am aware of the look that c diff has. I’m wondering how long I should wait to make a doctors appt?

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admin April 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Given the high risk that this is c diff you should get an appt as soon as possible

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Mike April 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Dave,

I’m due to embark tomorrow on a two-week honeymoon to Italy, but I was diagnosed yesterday — pending confirmation from lab results — with C diff. My wife and I are wrestling with whether to travel, and I’m wondering if you have any advice. (We bought travel insurance, so our costs could be reimbursed, but it’s difficult emotionally to reschedule a honeymoon.)

My doctor said most people respond quickly to Flagyl, which he has prescribed. I started taking it yesterday, and I think I noticed that there has been some subtle improvement in the diarrhea. My doctor said that if the lab results prove positive for C Diff, he will switch me to Vancocin, so that I can drink wine in Italy while undergoing treatment.

But I’m not sure how quickly I can expect my digestive system to completely rebound to the point where I can eat a normal diet — and we chose Italy as our destination largely for the food.

Also, when I asked my doctor whether my wife could be at risk, he responded, “Only if she took antibiotics.

Any thoughts you can provide would be much appreciated. Thanks, and take care.

–Mike

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Infection Watch April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hope the honeymoon is going well. Sorry for slow response – been away and very busy. If you are otherwise healthy then c diff is easier to cope with. Difficult one to call re digestive recovery time – you would need to take expert advice on that – we are well read medical journalists not doctors.

dave
cdifficile.org

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mb April 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I have a 4 month old who has c diff and a possible relapse now. We are going to see a gastro specialist, but I was curious to know if it could get to the baby through breast milk or if it is only spread by hand/mouth.
Thanks,
mb

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Infection Watch April 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

Because c diff is a gastro condition it will not spread vis breast milk. We have read extensively in the literature and this has never been mentioned

dave
cdifficile.org

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Mary April 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I was diagnosed with C Diff via stool sample on Monday. I’m experiencing very few symptoms compared to the awful stories I’ve read other sufferers have gone through. My question is whether I should travel to Florida May 2-11. Also, I rarely drink, but given the fact that this is the FIRST time I’m vacationing without my son, I had planned on having a few nights sipping on a margarita, especially at the beach. I know I can get deathly sick drinking on flagyl, but if I have my Dr. switch my medicine to the other med that is proven to be effective for C Diff, will it indeed be as effective & how long after I switch should I wait to drink? I still have 11 days worth of meds to take, & I’m not sure if I have to start from scratch with the new script. Thanks!

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Infection Watch April 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

We are happy to give general advice about the c difficile condition but cannot comment on specific treatment guidelines for individual patients.

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Sharon Collins April 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

My 89 year old mother was diagnosed with cdiff. She spent 10 days in the hospital and was discharged and told to take vancomycin for 10 days. We have a 24 hour care giver who was told she needed to attend to her at all times with a gown and gloves. After four days, the caregiver experienced a reaction to the gloves and said she could not come back until the infection was gone. While in the hospital my mother also was told she had a MRSA infection. She has had that in the past and has been on antibiotics for a long time with various issues. The discharge doctor said she tested negative and that’s why she was discharged. If that is the case, why are the extra precautions necessary? We were then told that a home health nurse could take a test and verify that it was negative so that the care giver would return. When the home health nurse arrived, she said she wouldn’t be able to take the test while she is on vicomycin. The primary care physician then said to take her off the vicomyacin so she could be tested. When I questioned that, she changed her advice and said to stay on the medicine and take the test and that the home health nurse was uninformed. My mom suffers from dementia and needs 24 hour care. We are trying to fill in the gaps of time until we can assuredly tell the care giver she is not contagious. It seems like we are getting a lot of conflicting advice.
Can a test be administered and provide accurate results while on vicomyacin?

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Infection Watch April 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

We are a little surprised at this but we try not to comment on specific cases as we’re medical journalists, not doctors. The care giver is the most vulnerable to becoming a C diff carrier or transmitting it to others so precautions are warranted.

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Twila May 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I am going to visit my mother in a nursing home and she has C Diff. What should I do to protect myself?

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Infection Watch May 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Wash your hands after leaving her. Have a bath or shower later as an extra precaution

It sounds too simple but it is very effective in breaking the transmission train.

Dave
Cdifficile.org

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yuli May 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

Cdifficile is best treated by consuming a green diet. First, drink Chlorophyll 2x day. Add it to water or juice. Next, ingest massive amounts of yogurt, for instance, plain Kefir. Also, acidolphilus poured into oatmeal with bananas and flax seeds. This is a very serious illness that can only be treated by improving your immune system. Do NOT go to work if you are a healthcare worker or work on the front lines of treating patients, including if you’re a firefighter, nurse or doctor working with patients. You can overcome this, but it will be hard, and you MUST stay away from alcohol, sugar or meat. Eat mostly yogurt, plain and take goldenseal 3x day for a week. Also, kyolic garlic.

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Infection Watch May 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

Readers please note that this is the personal advice of the commenter. It could well be right but we’re not endorsing it per se.

Dave
Cdifficile.org

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gail markowski June 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I’m taking antibiotic due to dental procedure. Mother-in-law (92 years old) in hospital with C-Diff. Can I visit her ? I’m 62 in good health. How likely am I to get C-Diff after my course of antibiotic ?
Thanks, I appreciate your knowledge.
gail

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admin June 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

There are two areas of risk.

1 If you are an C Diff carrier you might have an infection because of the antibiotics

2 If you become a C Diff carrier because of contact with your mother in law – as above

Hand washing after visiting your mother in law lessens the risk. The possibility that you might already be a ‘silent carrier’anyway is about 1 in 30.

Hope this helps

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Natalia June 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I have a co-worker that has an extreme case of C Diff, her first 6 weeks of medication did nothing to improve her symptoms. My concern is how contagious is she as she comes to work when having episodes of diarrhea and vomiting and the is only one bathroom that all the ladies share? We also share a kitchen/break room that doesn’t get regular cleaning. Please advise us as to how we can protect ourselves. Thank you in advance for the advise.

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admin June 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

As you note it is not an ideal situation. The possibility of c diff spores in the toilet environment is the key. In some of these situations the key advice is that the most effort must be put into the closing of the final bridge. The final bridge in this case is the hand. This picks up the c diff from the surfaces and can carry it to the mouth and then into the intestine. 20-30 second hand washes should protect you from the possibility of cross infection.

dave
cdifficile.org

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Joe June 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

My.daughter has had CDIF twice now. Would it be from her cat or cat box?

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admin June 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

Domestic animals can be a reinfection agent, but household cross infection is very rare. The drug treatment from the first infection may have only ‘suppressed’ the infection not eradicated it. Dificid is thought to be better at preventing reinfection

dave
cdifficile.org

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Griffin June 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

I was recently diagnosed with c-diff and I’m now starting my antibiotics. My girlfriend has cystic fibrosis, which means she is always on antibiotics, making bacteria like c-diff very dangerous to her. How can I make sure to not spread it? should I just not be around her at all?

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admin June 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

Hand washing, regular showering and using different toilets will all help. Domestic cross infection is also very rare according to the academic literature.

dave
cdifficile.org

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Lisa June 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I have been diagnosed with c-diff after a sinus infection that was treated with an anti-biotic and have been battling with it now for weeks. Flagyl failed twice so now I am on Vancomycin. My husband just got diarrhea. Should we be concerned that he has been contaminated and has contracted c-diff too and is this a disease that I will always have now or once treated does it go away permanently.?

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admin June 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

The nature of c diff is such that you may always carry it, as many people do. Your problem is that the balance has been changed in your intestine and it is not being held back by other bacteria. The vancomycin may return that balance or it may not. About 20% of people need further treatment. The current drug of choice is Dificid (Fidaxomicin) which seems to stop it rather than supress it.

It would probably be best for your husband to have a check up and test.

Hope this is helpful

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Marcia June 30, 2012 at 5:08 am

I have crohns disease and now have just been diagnosed with C-diff for the 3rd time since December. I have been taking a probiotic, eating yogert and feeling pretty good despite my Crohns still being active. This c-diff makes it worse. A third time really, I haven’t done anything. Why is this happening. I clean the toilet, wash my hands and clean the tub. I have a three year old. I am desperate not to give it to her. Why is this happening??

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admin July 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Have the hospital talked to you about what strain of c diff it is. Some are harder to treat than other. What drugs have they prescribed. Let us know and we’ll give more feedback. Some drugs are not effective at stopping the c diff

dave
cdifficile.org

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Carlton412 July 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Does c diff get into the bloodstream and attack other body organs?

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admin July 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

It can – and the bodies response can often lead to organ failure and death. But the patient is often ill with other conditions. Special drips are often required and extended drug treatment in order to restore the patient to health. Surgery may be required if the colon has taken the brunt of the attack

Dave
cdifficile.org

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LGN July 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

My grandmother contracted C. Diff in the hospital about a week ago, and is now dying in her nursing home. Some members of the family have visited multiple times. Is it safe for my son (2 years old) and I to visit my family for the funeral? My sister is expecting a baby and day now… should she be isolated from the family that has visited my grandma?

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admin July 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

Family spread is actually quite rare and active c diff infections in healthy carriers tend to be sparked by antibiotics. Good hand hygiene among the whole family during the funeral period will reduce the chance of c diff spread from very low to almost non existent.

See this article on c diff and families

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mo August 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

My husband has c. diff and is at home being treated with Flagyl. I understand that bleach is the only thing that will kill the spores. I can clean the bathroom and other hard surfaces with bleach but is there any concern of spores being left on things like furniture and clothing to either infect members of the household or re-infect him? If so, how do I disinfect fabric surfaces on furniture and is there something besides bleach (since bleach will ruin the clothing) to launder and disinfect non-white clothing that will kill the spores? For instance do you know the name of a laundering product that hospitals use to disinfect their laundry? Thank you.

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sandra piercey August 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

i im concerned my mom was just dignosed with c-diff. im her daughter and her caregiver at all times, she lives with me and my husband, my mom berfore i sent her to the hospital did’nt want to wash herself or of a take a bath, so iwas the one who has been doing it all. but daily i’ve never seen my mom wash her hands. Am i in danger of this disease and my husband. thank tou four time

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Angela S. August 17, 2012 at 5:38 am

I had C. Diff when I was 21 years old. I’m now 27, and my stomach is weak. I get diarrhea a lot and stomach pains. I take pro-biotics everyday, and that does help. Still, I’ll get sick if I miss pills, over-eat, stress too much, eat too rich foods, or a combination of these. Is it common to still have stomach problems this long after? I’m so terrified of getting it back and spreading it to others. I’ve heard I need to stay away from antibiotics if at all possible. What can I expect for the future?

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admin August 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

It could be that you have another stomach condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While this has many similarities to C diff with respect to symptoms it can be caused by a variety of things. Antibiotics are a challenge when you have these conditions but you would be best to seek clarity as to the exact nature of your illness.

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Kathy alig August 29, 2012 at 1:08 am

I have a friend who is hospitalized with C Diff. He is elderly and has been living in conditions that can only be described as ” not hospitable for human or beast”. I suspect that every surface, bedding, clothing, and furnishings would harbor said spores. How would one ever rid the dwelling of this and what precautions should be taken.

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admin August 29, 2012 at 7:17 am

Concentrate on high touch areas, the toilet and the bed. Use clorox and wear gloves. Avoid touching your face during the process. Get new bedding.

That’s the short version. Ask at the hospital for more in depth information – they may have leaflets.

Dave
cdifficile.org

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Kam August 31, 2012 at 12:45 am

My grandmother has c diff and is currently being treated for it at home after being released from the hospital. I have a 6 year old and my husband lost his spleen in an accident. Is it safe for them to be around her?

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Scott September 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I am an RN working in a long-term care facility. I have Crohn’s disease and had a colectomy in 1998. Over the past year, I have been hospitalized 5 times for hernia repair surgery and two bouts of pneumonia. After the hernia repair surgery, I contracted an infection and abscess, for which I was put on antibiotic therapy. Prior to the surgery, I had been on immunosupressant therapy (infliximab) to control the Crohn’s disease. Due to the infection, the infliximab was stopped. My most recent hospitalization was in July, for the second bout of pneumonia, the first being in March. In each of those instances, I was placed on antibiotics, and responded well – the pneumonia being resolved. Last week, I began having symptoms which I believed to be a Crohn’s flare – loose stools, increased frequency, abdominal cramping, ect. I went to my GI doctor, had labs done and was diagnosed as having c.diff. I am meticulous about hand-washing and following contact precaution protocol, as many of my patients have c.diff or other infectious conditions. I understand how the organisms are transmitted and the steps necessary to try to prevent further infection. My question is how much were my patients at risk of contracting the organism from me? I know that the patient’s health issues would be a contributing factor but I am concerned that I may have caused them more harm by caring for them. I am currently not working, having just started Flagyl, but was curious to know the risk to my patients. I know that as an RN I should probably know the answer to this question, but thought I’d put the question out there to get other’s input. Thanks. This was my first visit to this web site, but will not be my last.

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bethany September 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

My 5 year old child has severe chronic non spherocytic hemolytic anemia. For this I consider him to be immune comprimised. His grandfather has c diff, and is being treated. Frankly I am uncomfortable with my child going to Grandpa’s house for visits unless under my own watchful eye. Are my fears founded ? I just do not want to subject his health to known exposure since I do not know how effectively they are bleaching in the home. Please advise.

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BENSON September 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

Hello,
my girlfriend has be dignosed with C Difficile. is is safe to have sex, and anal sex?

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larry October 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I was identified as having c-diff. I just finished 14 days of flagyl and do not feel any different at all. I thought I would be diagnosed with Crohns or IBS, or something of that nature. I know I will need to have another stool sample in 1-2 weeks before moving forward, but what is going on? Do I need to take another more powerful medication like dificid? My mom had c-diff in the hospital 1 1/2 yrs ago, is that the most likely source of contagion?

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mo October 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Larry,

I am sorry to hear that you are having to go through this. My husband had C. Diff this summer and we know how miserable it is. If you don’t feel any different maybe you should contact your doctor. It took about a week on Flagyl for my husband’s symptoms to start improving but after about 10 days on the medication he was better; no more watery diarrhea and stools back to a normal color (his stools were yellow while he was ill). If you are still having these types of symptoms you may still have the C. Diff and need more medication or a different one. I can’t really speak for where you got the C. Diff but if your mother had it I would think it is possible that this could be the source of the contagion.

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Lisa October 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I had C. Diff this past summer and 2 rounds of Flagyl didn’t kill it off. I had to use a more powerful antibiotic. It finally killed it off. After being sick for over a month with the mess I was finally cured. My doctor at the hospital ( it kept coming back on the weekend) told me that Flagyl has a 50% fail rate so don’t be shocked that it didn’t work the first time. It usually works the 2nd time, but for me it didn’t. So I had to go on the other antibiotic to finally kill it off. Nasty thing C. Diff don’t want it again.

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gail markowski October 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Mother-in-law (92 years old) has had several bouts of C-Diff. Flagyl given a couple of times with minimal results…then put on Vancomycin…C-Diff still returned. Now we’re trying Deficid which seems to be doing the trick. However, I must warn you that it is a very expensive prescription. $3,365.00 for a ten day course. We are lucky to have some insurance which paid some, but we still had an out of pocket expense of $1,100.00. I sure hope it works for good ! Keep in mind that my M-in-l is 92 and was in and out of the hospital many times and has had the C-Diff for months so this drastic cost was necessary.

I wish you much luck and better health soon.
gail

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Lisa October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Wow!!! My doctors told me there was nothing more to treat C Diff after Vancomycin. They told me that if it didn’t work I was doomed. Nice to know there is something else out there to treat it. They kept telling my how expensive Vancomycin was and my insurance fought us to even allow me to have it. I bet they would just let me die then give me the Deficid.

Jennie October 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

My son in law has t cell lymphoma. He just finished a radiation course with chemo once a week. He was in the hospital for two weeks for dehydration etc and is on a feeding tube because he cannot eat well. He also has been treated for sinus infections with strong antibiotics. He was diagnosed with c diff while in the hospital, put in isolation for one day and discharged home the next day. My concern is that they have a 20 month old baby. Can the baby become infected. What extra precautions should be taken.Should he have been discharged so soon. Thanks, any info would be helpful.

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Marge November 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I was given Cipro a week ago today for the removal of a skin cancer on my back. Soon after taking the first dose of Cipro; I began bouts of watery diarrhea, crampy stomach, headach, and then shoulder pain. I stopped it four days later but the symptoms kept getting worse. Last night; I went to the ER and was diagnosed with cdiff. Given an IV of Flagyl and a prescription for another antibiotic. Hopefully; this will take care of it I pray.

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