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Several different stool tests detect C. diff.

Before starting treatment, stopping treatment with whatever antibiotic you've been taking could be enough. Before effective treatments were developed, one study of 20 patients with C. diff colitis eventually recovered after stopping their antibiotic treatment.

However, doctors will almost always treat C. diff infection with antibiotics. Flagyl is the first-line treatment of choice for mild disease, although patients must be followed closely to be sure this treatment works. Vancomycin is an option for treatment for moderate or severe disease.

There is evidence that treatment with probiotics -- good bacteria that repopulate the gut -- makes antibiotic treatment more effective and prevents relapse. Saccharomyces boulardii appears to be particularly effective, although good results have been seen with Lactobacillus species as well.

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