C. Difficile Colitis in Utah

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Colitis is a condition characterized by inflammation in the large intestine (the colon). C. difficile is the abbreviation for clostridium difficile (sometimes called clostridioides difficile), a microbe that is capable of infecting and causing problems in the large intestine. Therefore, C. difficile colitis refers to an issue in which these germs affect the body and generate inflammation in the large bowel. When you or a loved one is dealing with, or thinks they could have, colitis, you have dependable help available from the skilled digestive health specialists at Utah Gastroenterology. At our facility, we work hard to deliver you the latest in state-of-the-art treatments for C. difficile infections in Utah. Please reach out to our nearest facility today to schedule a consultation.

If the large intestine comes under attack from C. difficile, colitis is a possible result. C. difficile bacteria are present all throughout the environment, showing up in drinks, meat products, human and animal feces, air, soil, and more. The bacterial spores may pass through shared contact or in the air and could persist in a specific area for up to several months. When infected, an individual can unknowingly swallow the bacteria and get ill with C. difficile infection. Any individual could get a C. difficile colitis illness and, when affected, have the chance to spread the disease to others, regardless of whether or not they are showing any symptoms.

Some individuals can carry C. diff bacteria without ever experiencing symptoms. Indicators of C. difficile colitis often vary from mild to more severe. The classic indicators of C. difficile colitis are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood or pus in the bowel movements
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Having a fever
  • Stomach tenderness or pain
  • Feeling queasy
  • Abdominal cramps

If you frequently suffer from any of the above symptoms (alone or in combination with each other), we urge you to contact a digestive health specialist at Utah Gastroenterology as soon as you can. If you are experiencing a health emergency, please contact 911 immediately.

Treatment for C. difficile colitis typically involves antibiotic medications to destroy the underlying bacteria causing the condition. Surgery may be necessary in extreme cases to eliminate the infected portion of the colon. You need to speak to your Utah digestive health specialist regarding the right therapy option for your situation. When it goes untreated, this issue could result in difficulties, including serious dehydration, renal failure, toxic megacolon, or colon perforation. Severe instances may even turn fatal. If you have C. difficile colitis, seek help from a digestive health specialist promptly.

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The symptoms of C. diff infection can vary drastically from patient to patient, but medical intervention is advised in every case to help avoid the spread of the disease as well as lasting damage to the colon. If you are seeking treatment for C. difficile colitis, we suggest you connect with the experts in digestive health and select a board-certified digestive health specialist at Utah Gastroenterology. Contact our office to hear more information regarding the treatment options for C. diff in Utah and the measures you may take to best keep your digestive health.

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