what can I do to reduce possibility of contracting it again when taking antibiotics?
3 Apr 2013
Sheila, I too have had c-diff and it was quite simply Hell. I was in the hospital for ten days and causes of it are: your risk is greatest if you are now taking or have recently taken antibiotics. The risk goes up if you take broad-spectrum drugs that target a wide range of bacteria, use multiple antibiotics or take antibiotics for a prolonged period. Are 65 years of age or older. The risk of becoming infected with C. difficile is 10 times greater for people age 65 and older compared with younger people. Are now or have recently been hospitalized, especially for an extended period. Live in a nursing home or long term care facility.
Have a serious underlying illness or a weakened immune system as a result of a medical condition or treatment (such as chemotherapy).
Have had abdominal surgery or a gastrointestinal procedure.
Have a colon disease such as inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer. Have had a previous C. difficile infection.
Your fear is not groundless and normal, but realize that at some point in the future you may need to take a course of antibiotics. If your doctor tells you to take an antibiotic, tell him you don't want to get c-diff again and ask him to give you the best antibiotic for the condition he is prescribing it. C-diff lives outside the body and is usually transmitted that way so take baby wipes or antiseptic wipes with you rather than use public facilities sinks, etc. I go so far as to flush public commodes with my foot. Whatever antibiotic you may take in the future, look it up here and ask the pharmacist if you can take it with or without food, dairy, and yogurt. If you are not already on a probiotic lifestyle, get on one. A cup of Greek yogurt will do it nicely for you. Best of luck, Tony
2 Apr 2013
Just curious what are you meaning contracting. I know what you mean on yhw medication situation I hate taking them but it'll help you lol I'm sure they told you what not to have when taking like no alcohol cause it'll make you really sick and make sure you finish them all. What also helps is eating eating lots of that activia yogurt and taking frolic acid pills. Had Cdiff last year after delivering my daughter and its horrible. And don't forget to sanitize the toilet seat after you have gone cause it contagious. Hope this helps if you didn't know.
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