Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Clostridium Difficile Colitis is caused due to Clostridium Difficult. Clostridium Difficult also known as C.difficile is bacteria that can cause swelling and irritation of the large intestine or colon resulting in diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. It most affects old age people who are hospitalized for long-term care or it can also occur after use of antibiotics. Mild to moderate cases can be treated if they stop taking antibiotics; whereas severe cases require treatment with different antibiotics and can also cause death. This bacteria can spread easily from person to person or from contaminated surfaces.

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How Do You Get Clostridium Difficile Colitis?

• Bacterial infection called C.difficile
• Weakened immune system
• Have had previous C.difficile infection
• Use of chemotherapy drugs
• Above 60 years of age
• Kidney disease
• Prolong hospitalization
• If on enteral feeding
• Bone marrow transplant
• Undergone abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery
• Long use of antibiotics

Clostridium Difficile Colitis Symptoms Are

• Watery diarrhea mild to moderate, rarely bloody
• Cramping abdominal pain
• Anorexia
• Malaise
• Fever
• Dehydration
• Lower abdominal tenderness
• Rebound tenderness
• Loss of appetite
• Wight loss
• Nausea/vomiting

Investigations of Clostridium Difficile Colitis

• Complete case history
• Physical examination
• Blood test
• Stool test
• Colonoscopy (Colon examination)
• Endoscopy
• Ct scan

Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Colitis

• Antibiotics
• Probiotics
• Fluid therapy
• Surgery

Clostridium Difficile Colitis Is Difficult To Cure?

Prognosis of Clostridium Difficile Colitis varies with the severity of the disease mild to moderate cases can be treated effectively whereas severe cases are difficult of treat and death can be the outcome in severe cases.

Complications of Clostridium Difficile Colitis

• Dehydration
• Kidney failure
• Bowel perforation
• Toxic megacolon
• Death

Differential diagnosis of Clostridium Difficile Colitis

• Crohn disease
• Diverticulitis
• Gastroenteritis
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Malabsorption
• Salmonellosis
• Shigellosis
• Ulcerative colitis
• Vibrio infection

How It Is Manage?

• Drink plenty of fluid
• Good nutrition
• Hand washing
• Don’t come in contact with infected person
• Thorough cleaning
• Wash soiled clothing with detergent and chlorine bleach

Some Homeopathic Remedies For Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Allium sativum:
• Act as an immune booster
• For all types of weakness and low immune system
• Acts mainly on mucous membranes

Lac defloratum:
• Recommended for use in complaints like toxoplasmosis

Hydrastis Canadensis:
• Acts primarily on mucous membranes and the liver
• Given to person who has general weakness and exhaustion
• Influenza with mucus secretion, cough, and gastrointestinal ulcers

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