The doctor said I have C-diff: What is it?

Clostridium difficile
C-diff (or C. diff) is the common name for Clostridium difficile, a bacteria spread by fecal contamination. The elderly, hospitalized individuals, those who were previously infected with C. diff, and patients undergoing prolonged antibiotic use are at a higher risk of being infected. Some individuals carrying the bacteria do not get sick but can still spread the pathogen. Good hygiene is considered to be the best preventative route, with spread in healthcare settings becoming a concern. Severe and untreated C. diff infection can spread to the blood, resulting in the fatal condition known as sepsis.

Infection can be diagnosed using a stool sample, and antibiotics are the common treatment. However, prevention is much easier than treatment.

Read more about what C. diff infection is, or more on the symptoms and treatment.

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