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What are home treatments for C. difficile?

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The Mayo Clinic lists good nutrition and the intake of lots of fluids as supportive home treatments for C. difficile, while Earth Clinic recommends that patients use probiotics, activated charcoal and bentonite clay. WebMD notes that conventional medical treatment involves administration of antibiotics.

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The Mayo Clinic suggests that the intake of fluids containing water, salt and sugar provides supportive treatment for the diarrhea that is a hallmark of C. diff. Eating starchy foods, such as oatmeal, potatoes, rice and bananas, also helps treat the diarrhea.

Taking probiotics helps restore the natural balance of bacteria in the digestive tract, according to Earth Clinic. Ingesting activated charcoal and bentonite clay helps absorb toxins released by the C. diff bacteria.

WebMD explains that C. diff occurs when the balance of microorganisms in the digestive tract is disrupted, and an overgrowth of the C. difficile bacteria occurs. The bacteria attack the lining of the intestines, causing frequent diarrhea, abdominal pain and possibly fever and loss of appetite. C. diff often begins in patients who are treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics that eradicate beneficial bacteria that normally keep the C. difficile bacteria under control. C. diff can cause a hole to form in the intestines, which can be fatal without prompt treatment.

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