If you have unexplained diarrhea, and you are taking antibiotics, be sure to tell your doctor the name of your prescription antibiotic, the date when you first began treatment and the date when your bowel symptoms began.
To evaluate the severity of your diarrhea and assess your risk of dehydration, your doctor will ask about:
In most cases, your doctor can diagnose antibiotic-associated diarrhea based on your symptoms, your history of antibiotic treatment and the results of your physical examination. Your doctor is likely to suspect C. difficile infection if you have unusually severe symptoms, if you have been discharged recently from a hospital or nursing home, or if you have:
This testing usually involves checking one or more stool samples for the presence of a toxin made by C. difficile bacteria.
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