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Can chickens give you C. Diff??!!!

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Hello everyone?

I have been diagnosed with C. Diff 2 weeks ago my Dr. Started me on antibiotic treatment of Fladgyl 500mg 3x per day and a probiotic 3x a day as well for 2 weeks. I'm almost done my meds and still having bad symptoms. I doubt my chickens could of caused it, since I've had them since February. But just to ease my mind does anyone think I could if gotten it from them?! I use gloves when cleaning the coopn and clorox and wash my hands with warm water when I'm done. Im thinking I got it from the seafood at my work after i started working there is when my symptoms started. Just want opinions.
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I am wondering the same thing... I was just diagnosed with it as well. If so I know it may be my fault, I do not wash my eggs off, if there is poop on them I just crack them in the pan and I eat the egg runny. So a small, amount of poop may fall into the pan. I guess I was thinking that eating dirt makes you stronger, but perhaps not.
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Welcome to BYC. Chickens probably wouldn't have caused it--I believe that C. difficile is usually caused from taking antibiotics frequently, but here are some of the causes:


Risk Factors for C. diff

Although C. diff occasionally causes problems in healthy people, it is most likely to affect patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities. Most have conditions that require long-term treatment withantibiotics, which kill off other intestinal bacteria that keep C. diff in check. While use of any antibiotic can potentially lead to C. diffovergrowth, it most commonly occurs with the use of an antibiotic that is broad-spectrum, or able to kill a wide variety of bacteria. It also happens more often when multiple antibiotics are needed to fight infection and when the antibiotics need to be taken for a long period of time.

Other risk factors for C. diff infection include:


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