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Loose stools and diarrhea for a week

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Loose stools: Depends on the age and the babie's diet, and sometimes the mother's diet. In many circumstances loose stools can be normal. Has there been a change... Read More
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
May not be: One common cause is overfeeding in formula-fed infants. However, breastfed infants often have loose bms several times a day. In older children over-co... Read More

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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Lykins
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Magnesium is indeed a stool softener (like in Milk of Magnesia). It pulls water into the bowel to soften the stool.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Diarrhea: If you had a viral intestinal infection stool tests would be negative and symptoms resolve within a week or so. If diarrhea lasts much longer stool is... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Colonoscopy: You have reached an age in which beginning routine colonoscopy every five years may be indicated. Discuss with your family doctor. The intermittant l... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Viruses: If your toddler is truly ill with a viral illness, a cold, antibiotics will not in any way help or treat the problem. Antibiotics treat bacterial infe... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Could: Frequent higher fiber diet could cause loose or very soft stools
A female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Too long: I am sorry, you must feel uncomfortable. 3 weeks is a bit too long to say just a viral infection and I would try to have some stool studies done to se... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Loose stools: Diarrhea of this duration suggests a possible need for further history and study of the stools with culture, exams for ova and parasites, etc. Go and ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Wigneswaran
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
General...: Firstly, you need to be seen by your doctor. At your age, 6 weeks of symptoms (I'm not sure what they are), and now loose stools needs to be looked at... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Check: these are non specific symptoms. I Mena that these could be the result of several conditions. I would consider seeing a doctor and taking stool cultur... Read More

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