Clostridium difficile – patient information
Clostridium difficile is one of many bacteria that live harmlessly in the human bowel. ‘Good’ bacteria keep it in check. Some antibiotics can ‘kill off’ the good bacteria and occasionally damage the lining of the bowel.
Sometimes there are no symptoms of Clostridium difficile, but often it presents itself as diarrhoea, fever; loss of appetite; nausea and abdominal pains and tenderness.
You may have read about Clostridium difficile or C. difficile in newspapers. It is often called a ‘superbug’. To find out more, read our leaflet.