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Does cdiff ever go away?
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Does cdiff ever go away?

does anyone know if cdiff ever goes away? will i battle it every time i am on an antibiotic? i have heard that it colonizes in the colon so even after a "remission" it will reactivate once the flora is disrupted via antibiotics? is there a list of good antibiotics or will they all potentially wreak havoc? any guidance would be great!!!!
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Hi,
Metronidazole and vancomycin are used to treat c-diff. But in about 20% of the patients, it may recur even after completing the treatment.
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Thanks Dr Kini but do you, or anyone else, know if cdiff colonizes in the colon?
I know the relapse rate is 20%. i know metronidazone and vancomycin are used to treat cdiff. I am wondering if it will always be dormant and, then, reactivated with the use of antibiotics? this is a different question than a tradiona relapse after pulsing.   Do some people utilize antibiotics again with no further incidence? what percentage?
THX for your continued guidance.
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