Clostridium Difficile Infection

Clostridium difficile is a type of bacteria that causes colitis, a life-threatening inflammation of the colon. The most common symptoms of mild to moderate Clostridium difficile infection are diarrhea and mild abdominal cramping and tenderness. People who have a severe Clostridium difficile infection have diarrhea 10 to 15 times a day, abdominal cramping, rapid heart rate, dehydration, fever, and nausea. Antibiotics like Fluoroquinolones, Cephalosporins, Penicillins, and Clindamycin are used to treat Clostridium difficile infection.

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Why does my diarrhea get severe after taking the tablet Keflex?

Query: Hello doctor,I have recently had diarrhea with a golden brown watery stool. This happened after I had surgery to remove a fatty cyst. The incision became infected with Staphylococcus, and so my doctor prescribed me Keflex. After taking Keflex, I have severe diarrhea. I took two tablets of Imodium an...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from diarrhea with golden brown watery stool. And you are taking tablet Keflex (Cephalexin) for skin and soft tissue infections. According to the pic...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms pointing towards Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

Query: Hello doctor, Doctors are switching between whether I have Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, based on the response to the treatment and medicine. I started Humira last month, but it has come in for my second round, and it is already a month late. I do not know if that worked or not since I am of...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome you to icliniq.com. I know you must be very upset about your ongoing condition. Your symptoms suggest that you have Crohn's disease, not ulcerative colitis. Humira and biological medications like this work for a while before losing effect until the next dose. So yes, if the interva...  Read Full »

My mother spits back her oral feeds. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mom has had issues with eating. She has a PEG tube, which was placed for this reason. She does not vomit the tube feeding, but she spits back up what she takes orally. Whatever food she takes, it comes back and is full of phlegm. She is an end stage COPD patient and BiPAP dependent. Wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your mother's history, there are two different infections. They are Clostridium difficile infection and yeast infection. The site of yeast infection is not mentioned in the question, though esophageal yeast infection is common. C.difficile colitis can never be a...  Read Full »

Why is my mother having stomach cramps?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has been suffering with motions and vomitings for a week. She also complained of severe stomach cramp every 15 to 20 minutes. Sudden sweating and nausea whenever she eats or drinks anything. She is getting tired even if she sits for an hour. What could be the possible reasons a...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please give me some more information. Did she have the diarrhea before or after starting Norflox (Norfloxacin) and Zolerab (combination of Rabeprazole and Domperidone)? Does she have fever and chills? Did she observe yellow color of her eyes or change in the color of...  Read Full »

Is Plaquenil beneficial in C.difficile colitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was diagnosed with systemic sclerosis (CREST). Her main symptoms have been Raynaud's and esophageal issues. She also has Alzheimer's and a history of recurrent C.diff colitis. She took Plaquenil for several years and her CREST symptoms appeared stable. So, when her rheumato...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your mother's history and she has had a tough path. Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) at this stage will not help her scleroderma much, especially the esophagus, which is already dilated with no motility. This is one of the few conditions of scleroderma, ...  Read Full »

I have frequent bowel movements for a week. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having bowel movements a lot more than normal for a week and today it has gone to the point where I went and came back after 10 minutes. I eat salads all of the time. I have the feeling that I really have to go and most of the time only a little comes out sometimes, a lot comes out ...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hope, you did not have any recent change in your diet habits and you are not taking any medicines which can potentially alter the bowel frequency. Transient changes in bowel frequency is a normal phenomenon. Nothing to worry much. Keep a close watch. You need to worry o...  Read Full »

How likely am I to infect people with C. difficle while at work?

Query: Hello doctor, How likely is it that I might unwittingly cause people to be infected/ colonized with some harmful microbe (for example, C. difficile) while at work? I have been having some serious anxiety issues from thinking and worrying about this. I have been working in a restaurant for the past...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Clostridium difficile infection is of two types: 1. Symptomatic (causing diarrhea mainly): which is either due to transmission through infected food and contaminated hands or after antibiotic therapy. 2. Asymptomatic carrier (like your case). You have to perform clos...  Read Full »

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