Cdiff odor?

  1. please describe the smell of cdiff
    is comparable to?
    Is it acid, sweet, spicy?
    Last edit by Joe V on May 22, '18
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Sickingly sweet, similar to baby poop.
  4. by   Davey Do
    I'm hard of smelling, so I depend on what others say:
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...ll-198631.html
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    You registered for this site to ask about what a certain kind of poop smells like? Really?

    Troll much?
  6. by   jodispamodi
    lets put it this way: Once you smell it, you won't forget it.
  7. by   Davey Do
    Quote from jodispamodi
    lets put it this way: Once you smell it, you won't forget it.
    That sounds almost like an ad for a perfume or cologne, jodispamodi!

    c-diff-jpg
  8. by   Accolay
    But the real question is... what does it taste like?

    It smells not delicious. Toxic.
  9. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Accolay
    But the real question is... what does it taste like?
    c-diff-png
  10. by   Workitinurfava
    It is foul. I got it due to taking the antibiotic Clindamycin. I was later prescribed Flagyl to get rid of the Cdiff. I haven't had it since it cleared up. It smells like a garbage can. It didn't get as bad as it can luckily because I knew what it was and sought help early on.
  11. by   kbrn2002
    It's a unique stench. The closest comparison I can think of is the smell of rotting, moldy fruit combined with baby poop. It's a sweet smell that sticks inside your nose, you can smell it for awhile after you leave the room it's in. Once you actually smell it, you'll forever more recognize it anywhere.
  12. by   Ddestiny
    I have found out recently that C.Diff doesn't necessarily HAVE to have a smell.
    30-something male patient with inflammation throughout entire GI tract -- esophogitis, gastritis, duodenitis, pancreatitis, colitis, etc... And this was not the main presenting problem, which was Etoh withdrawal (hence all the inflammation). Was intubated and sedated for several days and started having copious amounts of liquid stool that was somewhat dark, but what caught my attention was that it was viscous, almost oily in appearance, and it had literally no odor. There were times he'd have 600mL of stool every couple of hours, while his foley output was scant due to compounding renal issues, so you'd be emptying a fairly full bag of stool and still no odor. When the MD ordered a C.Diff test my initial thought was "okay, but it doesn't smell like C.Diff".
    Wanna guess what it was?
  13. by   Alex_RN
    I smelled it as soon as I saw this headline.
  14. by   adventure_rn
    Is it terrible that I really want to smell it now? As a NICU nurse I've never actually smelled it, and I'm feeling a little left out. Recognizing *the smell* is like a nursing rite of passage.

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