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What are the symptoms of clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection?

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Watery diarrhea that happens several times a day is one of many signs of a C. diff infection. If you have C. diff, your diarrhea will have a very strong, stinky odor.

In more serious infections, there may be blood in the stool.

Other symptoms include:

�Diarrhea more than 10 times a day

�Severe cramping

�Fever

�Nausea

�Loss of appetite/weight loss

�Dehydration

�Rapid heart rate

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “C. Difficile Infection,” “C. Difficile Infection: Symptoms and Causes,” “C. Difficile Infection: Treatment.”

CDC: “Clostridium Difficile Infection Information for Patients.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: “Clostridium difficile: Disease Fact Sheet.”

California Department of Public Health: “Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 31, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “C. Difficile Infection,” “C. Difficile Infection: Symptoms and Causes,” “C. Difficile Infection: Treatment.”

CDC: “Clostridium Difficile Infection Information for Patients.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: “Clostridium difficile: Disease Fact Sheet.”

California Department of Public Health: “Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 31, 2020

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