Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff) Topic Guide
Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff, Antibiotic Related Colitis): Clostridium difficile (or C. difficile, C. diff) colitis is an infection of the colon. C. diff infection is most commonly associated with antibiotic use. Another common name is pseudomembranous colitis. C diff bacteria is commonly found on items such as floors, bedpans, phones, fingernails, etc. C diff infection causes are use of certain antibiotics. Risk factors for C diff infection include hospitalization, age, and chronic medical conditions. Treatment is generally with another antibiotic.
Diarrhea Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, parasites, intestinal diseases or conditions, reactions to medications, and food intolerance. Symptoms of diarrhea include watery stools, abdominal cramping, fever, and dehydration. Most cases of diarrhea can be treated at home. In some cases (in the elderly, small children, or those with severe or chronic medical conditions) may need to be hospitalized due to dehydration.
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