Clostridium Difficile

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Clostridium Difficile

What is Clostridium Difficile?

Also known as C.difficile or C.diff., this spore-forming bacterium is found in the gut of 3% of healthy adults. Occasionally it gets the chance to reproduce rapidly, more commonly in elderly people who are being treated with antibiotics. Thus, those most at risk are people over 65, particularly those taking antibiotics to supplement the good bacteria in their gut. While babies can carry the bacterium, it rarely causes them problems. C. difficile is known to cause potentially serious diarrhoea, which can be more dangerous in the elderly or those without access to adequate medical care.

It spreads by:

  • Touch: Spores are shed through diarrhoea, and then survive for a long time, travelling on the hands of people in direct contact with patients or contaminated surfaces.

The symptoms are:

  • Diarrhoea of varying severity

  • Fever

  • Nausea

  • Abdominal pain

Ways to help avoid Clostridium Difficile:

Because the bacterium forms heat-resistant spores, cleaning with a basic home cleaning liquid  and hot water alone is not enough to tackle it. This is why it is important to ensure that you keep surfaces hygienically clean with Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach.

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

Disinfect your toilet on a regular basis with Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach. If someone has diarrhoea,  clean the toilet with a bleach solution every time they use it.

How to avoid bleach stains

If you’re using bleach on wallpaper, test it on an inconspicuous area to make sure that it doesn't stain. If you’re using it near flooring, put a cloth or towel down to stop any spray from running.

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