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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pseudomembranous colitis?

An infection of the large intestine, usually after antibiotic usage. The antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, disrupting the usual balance of gut flora.

Symptoms of pseudomembranous colitis

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Recent antibiotic use

  • Diarrhea

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pseudomembranous colitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pseudomembranous colitis

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you currently taking antibiotics or have you taken any recently?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

Treatment for pseudomembranous colitis

It is important to stop the antibiotics causing this infection. Thereafter, another antibiotic that targets this infection is given to kill the culprit bacteria.

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