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Antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile infections

Antibiotics are important tools for treating infections. Antibiotics kill ‘bad’ bacteria but also kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your microbiome. When the good bacteria are disrupted, the imbalance affects the normal functioning of your gut and can lead to diarrhea and the overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria such as Clostridium difficile.  By understanding how antibiotics harm the ‘good’ microbiome we can learn how to prevent diarrhea and Clostridium difficile infections.


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