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How can I manage pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) at home?

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Pseudomembranous colitis is when certain bacteria inflames your colon. Drinking lot of water or watered-down fruit juice can help flush out your system. Eat soft foods that are easy to digest like applesauce, rice, or bananas. Avoid high-fiber foods like nuts, beans, and veggies.

Eat several small meals during the day instead of a few large ones, and stay away from fried, spicy, or fatty foods. They can irritate your stomach and make your symptoms worse.

Wash your hands regularly to keep C. diff from spreading and getting back into your system.

From: What Is Pseudomembranous Colitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Hempel S. , 2012 May. Journal of American Medicine

Kawamoto, S. , 1999. RadioGraphics

Kufe D. , BC Decker, 2003. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition

Mayo Clinic: "Pseudomembranous colitis," "C. difficile infection."

Medscape: "Pseudomembranous Colitis Surgery."

St. Luke's Health System: "Pseudomembranous colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Hempel S. , 2012 May. Journal of American Medicine

Kawamoto, S. , 1999. RadioGraphics

Kufe D. , BC Decker, 2003. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition

Mayo Clinic: "Pseudomembranous colitis," "C. difficile infection."

Medscape: "Pseudomembranous Colitis Surgery."

St. Luke's Health System: "Pseudomembranous colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 24, 2017

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