Also known as C. difficile or C. diff, Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that can infect the bowel and cause diarrhoea. It most commonly affects people who have recently taken antibiotics, but it can easily spread to others.

C. difficile infections are unpleasant and sometimes they can lead to serious bowel problems. However, they can be treated with another course of antibiotics.

Try to avoid going to your GP as this can put others at risk. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you’re worried or need some advice.

Your GP will decide if you need hospital treatment. If the infection is relatively mild, you may be treated at home.

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