What Is Clostridium Difficile?

C-diff is a bacteria that leads to bouts of diarrhea and colitis. It is different from other bacterial and viral infections, given how it usually occurs.

To understand what is C-diff, we have to look at how you can come into contact with it. C-diff, whose full name is Clostridiodes difficile, is a bacteria that exists everywhere. It’s in the air, dirt, water, and feces. Health care facilities are the most likely location of exposure to C-diff. Other ways of getting infected with C-diff include touching clothes and other surfaces that may get exposed to feces, such as cell phones. If the bacteria makes its way into the body due to touching your mouth or eyes, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea or abnormally frequent bowel movements
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea

These symptoms may also appear within a few days of taking antibiotics, especially if you are 65 or older, have recently been hospitalized, or have a weakened immune system. Most people carry C-diff in their intestines and are asymptomatic. For the half-million people in the US who have symptoms, 1 in 11 over the age of 65 will die from it. The likelihood of death is higher when a person is taking antibiotics.

Protect Yourself and Others

C-diff is not as common as other bacterial and viral infections, but the likelihood of getting it significantly increases if you work or go to health care facilities. If you take antibiotics or visit or work in such facilities, you need to protect yourself and others.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our PATH-AWAY® system can kill C-diff in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.