C. diff discussion

C. diff is now believed to be the most common hospital-acquired infection. It causes diarrhea, colitis, and other intestinal problems that are sometimes severe enough to require surgery. And because C. diff infections are most common in older patients, many of whom are already sick, C. diff can be deadly. There are three important steps to C. diff infection prevention.

Step One: Wash your hands. C. diff spores can live for days on all types of surfaces. So after a visit to a hospital or nursing home, wash your hands thoroughly.

Step Two: Avoid regular use of these three types of drugs have been shown to increase C. diff infection risk:

* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
* H2 receptor antagonists (such as Zantac and Pepcid) to treat heartburn
* Proton pump inhibitor drugs (such as Prevacid and Prilosec) to treat heartburn

Step Three: Use a probiotic supplement whenever you’re prescribed an antibiotic.

Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. And low levels of good bacteria provide a perfect environment for C. diff to thrive. This is where a good probiotic supplement can help enormously. 

I recommend Metagenics probiotics at the beginning of every antibiotic treatment and continue probiotic use for a full week after the antibiotic is finished. 

link to to order probiotics.

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