Effective Clostridium Difficile Treatment Options

Clostridium difficile treatment involves antibiotics that target the harmful bacteria causing the infection. It is essential to follow the prescribed treatment regimen to ensure complete recovery.
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Available with a doctor's prescription at pharmacies.
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Clostridium Difficile Treatment FAQ

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Do I need special care if I have a Clostridium difficile infection?

People who have had Clostridium dificile infection in hospital do not need special care when they return home, but should continue good hand hygiene. You may be discharged before your course of antibiotics is finished. It is important to finish the whole course.

How do you treat a C difficile infection that comes back?

Treatment for C. difficile infection that comes back might include the following: Antibiotics. Treatment for repeat infections may involve one or more courses of an antibiotic. The antibiotic is often different from the one used at first. Antibiotic therapy works less well each time the infection comes back. Antibody-based therapy.

What medical conditions can reduce your defenses against C diff infection?

Medical conditions that may reduce your defenses against C. diff infection include: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, wear down the integrity of your intestines over time. They degrade the mucosa in your intestinal lining, which affects your gut immunity.

How is C difficile treated in a hospital?

When possible patients with C. difficile infection will be put in a single room or cared for in certain areas of the hospital. Healthcare staff will wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand rubs based on the care they are providing, including before putting on and after taking off their gloves and aprons.

How to prevent spread of Clostridium difficile?

Careful use of antibiotics and good hygiene can help to prevent spread What is Clostridium difficile? Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is bacteria which is present naturally in the bowel of many healthy children under 2 years and is the most common cause of antibiotic associated diarrhoea in adults.

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