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what do c diff stools look like

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
C. Diff: Glad to see you are on the way to recovery. Your stool will return to its normal color once you are eating regularly and stop tajing antibiotics.

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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Johnston
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Hard to tell: There are no telltale clues like that. It usually causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite and weakness. Almost always there is a history of ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hillel Naon
42 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Mega colon: You would be very sick if you had a mega colon, your abdomen would be very distended. Blood in stool shows as red blood, and sometimes maroon in c ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Stool odor: There are many doctors who feel that they can diagnose cl. Difficile by the odor of stool, but do not know that the smell is metallic. The best thing ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Straw-colored: This is how i learned it. However, i find food like descriptions much more relatable- watered-down ice coffee, or diluted cafe-au-lait with a slightly ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
What type of E coli: E coli is normally present in the intestine and does not affect bowel movement. Toxic strains of e coli can cause diarrhea that will result in loose ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Brown, soft, formed: Basically, brown, soft, but well formed. Anything else on a consistent basis may need evaluation - especially if other symptoms.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Parasites: There are very few that are macroscopic (seen without a microscope), and many are diagnosed by the presence of their eggs. Sometimes ascaris and tapew ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Probiotics--worth $: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachro ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Be cautious: If you have black stools and are not sure if these are tarry black, treat it as if it were black tarry stool and get a sample tested for blood.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maryam Shapland
16 years experience Emergency Medicine
Thin and long: Very much like a thick pen/pencil--thin and long and not like normal stools.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Gastritis: Yes, dark stool really does look "black". This may sometimes be indicative of bleeding from a GI source such as the stomach.
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Only way to : Know for sure is with stool tests. Have your doctor order appropriate tests if you have persistent diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Many things.: Ash colored stool often indicates a difficulty with excretion of bilirubin as is seen in hepatitis, gallstone disease, alcoholic liver disease, or med ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
8 years experience Urology
fistula: Most commonly, recurrent uti's, fouls smelling urine, fecal material or fiber in the urine, passage of air during voiding, abdominal pain may or may n ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Zandman
13 years experience Gastroenterology
No: Stool infected with c. Diff can be many different colors - yellow, green, brown. You can't diagnose it by color.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: This is worrisome for GI bleeding. If you start feeling really sick, go to the emergency room. If not, make an urgent physician's appointment.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Body dysmorphia: We don't know enough about you to offer you a diagnosis. I strongly recommend you consult a mental health professional.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
C.Diff: I think you should take the medication prescribed by your doc and expect improvement, however, it won't be sudden, so try to be patient. Make sure to ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Stool quality: You won't see fiber in human stool per se, it will just be bulky and pass out easily when you have enough fiber in your diet. 25-30 grams/day is the ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Lippe
28 years experience Gastroenterology
Mucus in stools: Mucus in stools implies chronic inflammation you need to take probiotics and see a gastroenterologist colonization is not the issue; active infe ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marjorie Alpert
26 years experience Pediatrics
Very small: Pinworms look like small rolled-up pieces of toilet paper. Doctors sometimes use the "tape" test at night to diagnose them because pinworms come out ... Read More
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