Clostridium difficile Infection | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of C. diff. infection?

Typical symptoms of a mild C. diff. infection include:

  • Frequent, watery diarrhea (3 or more times each day for several days)
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness

Symptoms of a more severe C. diff. infection include:

  • Frequent, watery diarrhea (up to 15 times each day)
  • Severe abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever of up to 101°F in children or 100°F to 102°F in adults
  • Blood or pus in the stool

 When should I call my doctor?

Call your doctor if your symptoms begin after you started taking an antibiotic. Also call if you have symptoms that last longer than three days or get worse.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 08/09

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