9 Symptoms of Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Unusual Odor

Diarrhea is a common symptom of Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) patients often complain about their feces having an unusual odor that has been described as ‘sickeningly sweet’. The stools of an infected person are usually watery and have a yellowish-green color. If you’ve been passing unusual colored and smelly stools, it is best to visit your doctor to know the underlying cause of this symptom.


Mild to severe diarrhea can occur in CDI patients; this is an abnormally high number of bowel passages per day. The bacteria often causes the colon to become swollen or inflamed. This irritates the digestive organ and stimulates frequent bowel passages. The inflammation of the colon can cause patches of raw tissue to form, leading to bleeding or pus production. Persons suffering from this condition may defecate six to twelve times daily. Diarrhea is a severe symptom that requires immediate treatment because it can lead to other health complications.