Spores life span

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Terpa
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Spores life span

Postby Terpa » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:53 pm

How long do spores live outside of the body on hard and soft surfaces?

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Re: Spores life span

Postby beth22 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:23 am

Spores can live for months on surfaces. That is why it is important to wash your hands.

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Re: Spores life span

Postby Terpa » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:26 am

Being more specific I’ve heard for 5 months and a yr. Which is true?

I’m scared that I may have reinfected myself while cleaning in the bathroom near the toilet plunger. I’m post 1 yr cdiff free...

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Re: Spores life span

Postby beth22 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:22 am

I would ask your doctor. I don't think anyone really knows for sure. It may even depend on the strain of c difficile. I have read months, not years, but maybe your doctor has some knowledge of research that was done more recently.


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