About C. Diff. - Clostridium Difficile
C. diff. is a species of Gram-positive bacteria that causes serious diarrhea and other intestinal diseases. C. diff. is the common name for Clostridium difficile, or “C. difficile.” This disease occurs when opposing bacteria in the gut flora are eliminated by antibiotics. When these bacteria are wiped out, it leads to the development of C. diff.
C. diff. is the most severe cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and can lead to pseudomebranous colitis. Pseudomebranous colitis is a serious inflammation of the colon. This often results from elimination of the regular gut flora by antibiotics.
C. diff bacteria are naturally found in the gut in a small percentage of the adult population. However, most people accidentally ingest C. diff. spores when they are patients in a hospital, nursing home, or similar facility. In fact, about 14,000 people die each year in America because of C. diff. contracted in a hospital.
When the normal gut flora in the colon are destroyed, usually as a result of an antibiotic like clindamycin, the gut becomes overrun by C. diff. This overpopulation is dangerous because the bacteria release toxins that cause bloating and diarrhea. These symptoms are also accompanied by abdominal pain. C. diff. infections are the most common cause of pseudomembranous colitis, and in rare cases this can lead to toxic megacolon, which can be life-threatening. Latent symptoms of C. diff. frequently imitate flu-like symptoms and can mimic disease flare in patients with inflammatory bowel disease-associated colitis.
Treating Clostridium Difficile with Fecal Transplants
The most common treatment for C. diff. is antibiotics. However, these are a costly and frequently ineffective solution. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation is becoming increasingly prioritizes as a treatment for C. diff. The current cure rates for this treatment are just under 90%, and RDS infusions is no exception. We have had great success treating C. diff. with FMT.
For more information about FMT as a treatment for C. Diff. see this article.
C. Diff.-Related Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis (C. Diff. Related)
Ulcerative Colitis treatment is a significant focus of RDS Probiotic Infusions.
Ulcerative Colitis, also referred to as UC, or just “colitis,” is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis is a type of colitis, a disease of the colon that includes ulcers. The primary symptom of ulcerative colitis is usually frequent diarrhea mixed with blood, with gradual onset.
Ulcerative colitis is similar to Chrohn’s disease, which is another common form of inflammatory bowel disease. Like Chrohn’s, ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and in some cases, can lead to life-threatening complications. Ulcerative colitis is an intermittent disease, with periods of severe symptoms, and periods that are almost completely symptom-free. In some cases, the symptoms of ulcerative colitis can diminish on their own; however, the majority of the time, Ulcerative Colitis treatment is necessary in order for the disease to go into remission.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Diarrhea
Irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large and small bowel. Symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas and irregular bowel pattern. IBS is a chronic disorder that needs long term management.
Treating IBS and Chronic Diarrhea with Probiotic Infusions
We offer several treatment options including antibiotic therapy followed by high dose proprietary probiotic infusions and capsules with the goal of improving bacterial diversity within the intestines. Colonoscopic probiotic infusions have been the most successful in improving the symptoms of IBS.
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