Preventing C. diff Infection
Once a person has C. diff infection, the infection can spread to others. C. diff spores are shed in the feces and can live on dry surfaces for a long time. A person who touches one of those surfaces can pick up the infection.
Fortunately, infection can be prevented. If you are visiting a health care facility or are in contact with someone who has the infection, good hygiene is vital. The following precautions can help keep you -- and others -- safe:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Do not rely just on alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Clean surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens regularly with chlorine bleach-based products.
- Wash soiled clothing with detergent and chlorine bleach.
- If you are visiting someone in a health care facility, wash your hands before and after your visit. If you use the restroom, wash your hands well to remove possible C. diff spores.
- Don't use antibiotics unless your doctor recommends them.