What is Clostridium difficile?

Several customers have contacted us with questions about the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. dif), a bacteria that can cause serious infection. C. dif infections are on the increase lately, but you can prevent falling ill to this and other bacterial infections by supplementing treatment with Del-Immune V®.

C. dif is a bacteria in your intestines. The body has lots of “good” and necessary bacteria, but lots of “bad” or dangerous bacteria lurk there, too. C. dif is a “bad” bacteria. When you are healthy, the millions of good bacteria keep C. dif under control and in smaller numbers. However, when you take an antibiotic, the levels of good bacteria are reduced down to a smaller number. If C. dif doesn’t get killed by the antibiotics, it’s possible that it will overpopulate in the intestine or colon and cause an illness called Clostridium difficile colitis.

C. dif is resistant to most antibiotics and can live on almost any surface in a hospital or nursing home for long periods of time. C. dif infections can range in severity from asymptomatic to severe and life-threatening. People are most often infected in hospitals, nursing homes or institutions. The rate of C. dif infections is estimated to be 13 percent in patients during hospital stays of up to two weeks and 50 percent in those with hospital stays longer than four weeks.

Metronidazole is the drug of choice when treating C. dif, but treatment with probiotics like Del-Immune V® has also shown to be effective. Dr. Roger Mazlen, M.D. says, “Because of the potentially life-threatening nature of Clostridium difficile, it’s very important to support the immune system before the infection gets too advanced. Del-Immune V® will support and assist any treatment and help with an easy recovery.”

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