C. difficile is a bacteria that causes watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, or tenderness, loss of appetite, fever, blood, or heavy mucus in the stools, nausea, gas, bloating, etc.. Low stomach acid (Hypochlorhydria) upsets the normal balance of organisms in the gut. The unbalanced digestive condition causes these, otherwise harmless, bacteria grow out of control. C. difficile bacteria is one of the worst offenders, when they grow out of control. The bacterium is anaerobic, meaning it does not require oxygen to proliferate, which make it very difficult to treat.
C. difficile is most common in older adults, that use antibiotics and PPIs, especially those in hospitals, or in long-term health facilities. In children, the most obvious symptom is watery diarrhea , with at least three bowel movements a day, for two or more days. The symptoms in children may include fever, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain, lack of energy, etc.. In many cases, a child’s first stage of digestion is not fully developed, causing the unbalance condition in the digestive process (Hypochlorhydria). This unbalanced condition sets the stage for the over growth of C. difficile bacteria.
The unbalanced condition in the digestive tract, in many instances, is caused by H2- receptor antagonists, or suppressed gastric HCL production. The suppression of gastric acid (HCL), in the stomach is called Hypochlorhydria. Hypochlorhydria is caused by antibiotics, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), chemotherapy drugs, etc.. Strong HCL production in the stomach is absolutely necessary, to maintain a proper balance, in the digestive process. A pH diagnostic test is the most accurate method for diagnosing unbalanced conditions in the digestive process.
The people most often infected, are those in hospitals, nursing homes, or other medical institutions. Many of these people are routinely taking antibiotics and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), chemotherapy drugs. Anyone that takes antibiotics and PPIs on a regular basis is setting the stage for C. difficile bacteria overgrowth.
In extreme cases, the condition is characterized as C. diff. Severe C. diff infection can be life-threatening. The symptoms include, watery diarrhea (15 times a day), severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, nausea, blood or heavy mucus in stool lack of energy, etc.. The bacteria can cause, diseases of the colon, such as inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, weak immune system, kidney disease. The toxins created by C. diff can also cause colitis.
C. difficile can be transmitted from person to person, by bacterial spores. In many instances the spores are immune to alcohol-based hand cleaners, or routine surface cleaning. The spores survive, in clinical settings, for long periods. Bacterial spores are spread easily, by coming in contact with feces that harbor the spores, and passed on, through contaminated hand contact. The bacterial spores can also be transferred from the infected person though oral contact.
Anyone that has taken antibiotics, antacid medications, PPIs, chemotherapy medications, etc. should get a pH diagnostic test, pH capsule test, or pH gastrogram, because their digestive process is out of balance. Correcting the unbalanced condition will always improve overall health and immune support. Visit www. pH capsule.com.