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How to Treat Clostridium Difficile?


Medical Treatment:
  • You should be able to recover at home if the infection is mild
  • If you are in the hospital, during treatment, you may be moved to your own room to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others
  • If you need hospital treatment, your GP will advise you
Treatment may include:
  • Stopping antibiotics thought to cause the infection, if possible, may be the only treatment needed in mild cases
  • Taking antibiotics which are known to kill Clostridium difficile bacteria for 10 to 14 days
  • Severe infections may rarely require surgery to remove a damaged bowel section
  • Usually, Clostridium difficile infections respond well to treatment, with most people making a complete recovery in a one or two weeks
  • But the symptoms return in about 1 in 5 cases, and it may be necessary to repeat the treatment