A C. difficile infection is a digestive illness that occurs due to Clostridioides difficile bacteria. This illness occurs most often in older individuals in long-term care facilities and hospitals. It is also common after using antibiotics. C. difficile bacteria are present in the air, water, soil, feces, processed meat, and other food products. C. difficile bacteria colonize the large intestine and produce toxins that damage the lining. This damage causes the formation of plaque and the accumulation of decaying cellular debris that produces numerous symptoms indicative of a C. difficile infection.
C. difficile infection treatment involves a course of antibiotics and well as surgery. Individuals trying to cure a C. difficile infection will also take probiotics and may require intravenous fluids. Treatment to combat malnutrition may be necessary too. Some patients may need a fecal microbiota transplant to cure the infection.
Watery diarrhea describes when an individual has stools that contain a large amount of water and are very loose. This symptom becomes concerning when it occurs at least three times a day. Watery diarrhea can occur as a symptom of an infection by several different parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. This includes a C. difficile infection. When watery diarrhea is caused by the colonization of a harmful pathogen in the digestive tract, it is typically accompanied by other symptoms. These signs include fever, cramping, appetite loss, vomiting, and nausea.
An individual dealing with a C. difficile infection tends to have watery diarrhea with an abnormally strong odor. This type of diarrhea that occurs at least three times a day for a minimum of two days can indicate a C. difficile infection that requires medical treatment to prevent dangerous complications.