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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience in Geriatrics
Food allergies: Keep a food log and also track when your bowel movements occur. Bring these to your doctor.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Check ingredients...: If your multivitamin is high in magnesium, you're getting a laxative effect equivalent to taking milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Alternatively ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
It may: For some people too many eggs can create loose stools and excess gas.
A 88-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening.
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No absolute : Answer here, but most would consider very loose stool with a prominent watery component to be diarrhea.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Too much water: Diarrhea is stool that has not had its water reabsorbed back into the body.
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabol ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
This kind of weight: loss , in association with GI symptoms,requires a work up.Its time to go in to ur doc and get checked out.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
See GI doctor ASAP: You need to see a gastrointestinal doctor as soon as possible. You are likely having a upper GI tract bleed and may need urgent evaluation and treatm ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Not necessarily.: An infection with giardia can present with diarrhea or constipation or neither. Stool color is not a reliable way to determine the organism responsib ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hanna
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Greasy Stool: Greasy, foul stools sounds like any event that result in a poorly digested meal. Any meal that is poor digested will be loose. A high fat diet with ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vladimiro Giua
30 years experience in Internal Medicine
Colitis: the differential diagnosis is vast. Infectious...need for stool cultures. IBS celiac and other immune diseases. drug side effects. Thyroid diseases m ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes it can: Any GI irritation can cause loose stools.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Loose stools: After ruling out an infectious process that is causing you loose stools, get checked for celiac disease or food, milk or fructose intolerence.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. I can’t diagnose the reason for your orange colored stool. Passing orange feces may mean the stool either isn’t absorbing or isn’t comin ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
33 years experience in General Surgery
Please see a GI Doc: You are describing symptoms of bowel obstruction. You should undergo a colonoscopy and a CT scan of your abdomen. At your young age, I would worry abo ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience in General Surgery
Optimize diet: Immediately, i'd focus on a good, balanced diet with addition of fibre such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Make sure you drink plenty of wat ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
YOU MUST: Get local medical help. You have serious disease.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gibrham Rodriguez
12 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Yes: There are other conditions that need to be consider and rule out with all those symptoms. Hormone imbalances such as Thyroid hormone, anxiety/stress, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer not likely. There are other more likely reasons for your symptoms such as irritable bowl or other. See your healthcare work ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you ... Read More
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A 5-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valerie Hines
16 years experience in Pediatrics
See your doctor: I would suggest seeing your child's doctor for an abdominal exam and a more thorough history. If he is constipated you can start with 4oz of prune jui ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chioma Lazz
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Time to see a doctor: Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea. If you are alternating between the two, it is best to see your internist as there are medical conditions tha ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Different causes.: Yellow stool can be the result of overly rapid transit of stool through the colon, insufficient bile salts or infection. Recommend that this be medi ... Read More
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