C. Difficile Colitis in Connecticut

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What is C. difficile colitis?

Colitis refers to the swelling of the large intestine. C. difficile refers to Clostridium difficile, also known as Clostridioides difficile, and is a bacterium that could affect the body and lead to symptoms in the large intestine. C. difficile colitis refers to a disease where germs invade a person's body and generate inflammation of the large intestine. If you or a family member is experiencing or suspects C. difficile colitis, you can trust the help from the experienced GI providers at your nearest Connecticut GI location. Our team aims to deliver the latest in innovative treatments for C. diff in Connecticut. Please connect with one of our locations today to request a consultation.

What causes C. difficile infections?

C. difficile colitis develops when the body becomes contaminated with the bacterial strain C. difficile. These types of bacteria are found within the atmosphere, such as in water, food products, human and animal feces, soil, air, and others. The bacterial spores may spread due to direct contact or within the air and could persist in a certain area for a few months. Once contaminated, an individual might accidentally swallow the spores and get sick with C. difficile bacteria. Any person could experience a C. difficile infection, and when affected, they can spread the illness to others, even if they have no symptoms.

What are the symptoms of C. difficile colitis?

Some people can get infected with the C. difficile bacteria and not become ill. Signs of C. difficile colitis could differ from very mild to extremely serious. The most common symptoms of C. difficile colitis include:

  • Weight loss
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Pus or blood in the bowel movements
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Fever

If you deal with one or multiple of these signs incessantly, please reach out to a gastrointestinal specialist at a Connecticut GI in your community right away. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you need to contact 911 right away.

How is C. difficile colitis addressed?

C. difficile colitis can usually be treated with antibiotics that kill the C. difficile germ. Sometimes, in more serious situations, surgery could be necessary to remove the diseased portion of the large intestine. You should talk to your Connecticut GI provider to determine the right treatment option for your needs. When left without treatment, this problem might cause difficulties, including extreme dehydration, renal injury, toxic megacolon, or perforated colon. Severe cases can even turn fatal. If you have a C. difficile infection, get treatment from a GI specialist right away.

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Help for patients with C. difficile colitis

Even though C. difficile colitis signs can widely range from person to person, treatment to prevent the spread and eliminate the danger of severe damage to the colon is imperative. If you are looking for care for a C. difficile infection, we advise you to reach out to the experts in gastrointestinal care and choose a board-certified GI specialist through Connecticut GI. Call one of our locations today to learn more about the treatments for C. difficile colitis in Connecticut and the measures you could employ to better guard your digestive health and wellness.

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