Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
One infection that causes diarrhea can arise when a harmful bacteria proliferates in the colon. This bacterium, named clostridium difficile, is normally present in small amounts in the colon but never as a large collection.
"C. diff." bacteria commonly grow and multiply after antibiotic treatment has killed and cleared away some harmless bacteria types in the colon. Many commonly used antibiotics leave C. difficile living even though they kill other bacteria types in the colon. If C. diff. becomes the dominant bacteria type in the colon, it can cause inflammation and symptoms.
Have you been treated with antibiotics at any time in the past six weeks?
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also:
- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Bleeding After Menopause
- Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods
- Blood in the Urine in Women
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Frequent Urination in Women
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Women
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Missed or Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Never Started Menstrual Periods
- Painful Menstrual Cramps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Vaginal Discharge, Itching or Irritation
- Vaginal Dryness
- Vaginal Pain or Discomfort
- Vaginal Sores and Lumps
- When Menstrual Periods Stop
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