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I have a C-Diff question. Please enter chat with me

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I have a C-Diff question. Please enter chat with me
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I'm here. What's up?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

My father in law is coming to visit and I have 16 month old. My father in law has C Diff and has been battling it for 7 or 9 months now. He started Vancomycin today and by the time he gets here he would have been on this for about 10 days I guess. My question is, is he not contagious being on this medicine?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I would use his loose stools as a barometer. If his diarrhea resolves by that time you should be ok

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

He says he doesnt have diarrehea now but when he finished his last round of antibotics the C Diff was still hanging around from the stool sample.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

you can still have toxin in the colon without diarrhea. So in this case, he would still be contagious. I would be very cautious in this scenario

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

So regardless of being presently on antibiotics he can still be contagious?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

yes.

he might eliminate the toxin over time but right now he still has it on vanco or not

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

please don't forget a positive rating. I appreciate it