Cards to prevent infection relapse

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Patients who have suffered a clostridium difficile infection are to be given a card to help reduce the risk of a relapse of the infection.

C. difficile is a bacterial infection that affects the digestive system. Symptoms can include diarrhoea, a high temperature and painful stomach cramps.

A course of antibiotics can trigger a relapse. Therefore, patients are being asked to show the card to doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals to alert them to the infection to avoid prescribing medications that could cause a relapse.

 

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