Clostridium Difficile Infection Treatments

Treatment for Clostridium difficile infection depends on your overall health, the severity of the infection and any complications. In most people, home care such as drinking plenty of fluids and eating a bland, starchy diet will help clear up symptoms.

Your physician may also recommend:

  • Stopping antibiotics: In some people, C. diff infection will clear up when antibiotic treatment is suspended.
  • Changing antibiotics: You may need a different type of antibiotic medication, either orally or intravenously, to fight the C. diff infection.
  • Taking probiotics: Taking healthy bacteria and yeast in pill or powder form can help restore the balance of your gut’s microbiome (collection of microorganisms in your digestive tract).
  • Fecal transplant: For people with chronic C. diff infections, transplanting the stool of a healthy person into their colon may help provide long-term protection.
  • Surgery: Removal of the inflamed and damaged portion of the colon may be the only way to stop the infection in some patients.

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