The full name for the bacterium C. diff is Clostridium difficile. The bacterium infects the bowels and can cause some very unpleasant symptoms. The infection usually occurs in people who have just undergone treatment using antibiotics. Ironically, the condition is usually treated with antibiotics.
Although C. diff can usually be treated, the symptoms can be severe enough to be life-threatening to vulnerable people. Severe cases cause extreme diarrhea and some people may need to be hospitalized.
Most people won’t experience such severe symptoms, but any person suspected of having the infection should arrange to get medical assistance as soon as they can. This article looks at 10 symptoms of C. diff to be aware of.
Symptom #1: Diarrhea
Our stomach cannot absorb water and nutrients from our food instantly. It requires some time to do so, so our food needs to pass through fairly slowly. This is usually not a problem with a healthy digestive system, but things don’t always work as well as they should do.
A C. diff infection will cause considerable irritation and upset to the stomach, and this will cause the food to pass through much faster than usual. This, in turn, means that the body does not have time to extract the fluid it needs, resulting in diarrhea. Extreme cases can lead to dehydration and malnutrition, so vulnerable patients should be monitored.