Clostridium Difficile Infection

ExitCare Image Clostridium difficile (C. dif ficile) is a germ found in the intestines. C. dif ficile infection can occur after taking some medicines. C. dif ficile infection can cause watery poop (diarrhea) or severe disease.


  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. Avoid milk, caffeine, and alcohol.

  • Ask your doctor how to replace body fluid losses (rehydrate).

  • Eat small meals more often rather than large meals.

  • Take your medicine (antibiotics) as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Do not use medicines to slow the watery poop.

  • Wash your hands well after using the bathroom and before preparing food.

  • Make sure people who live with you wash their hands often.

  • Clean all surfaces. Use a product that contains chlorine bleach.


  • The watery poop does not stop, or it comes back after you finish your medicine.

  • You feel very dry or thirsty (dehydrated).

  • You have a fever.

  • You have more belly (abdominal) pain or tenderness.

  • There is blood in your poop (stool), or your poop is black and tar-like.

  • You cannot eat food or drink liquids without throwing up (vomiting).


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.