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what does it mean when your stool is oily

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Enteritis: Indigestion of food and Malabsorption. This is a short duration therefore BRAT diet for next 4 days may help you. Drink plenty of water and electroly ... Read More

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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let explain: Light-colored, white or clay-colored.A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Frequent stooling: May be food intolerance. Could try avoiding dairy x 1 week, then if that doesn't change it, wheat/gluten for a week and then soy as these are the mos ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Green stool color: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), a ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Bile flow blocked: Stool gets its brown color from bile. Bile is produced in the liver and is stored in the gall bladder. It is a digestive enzyme which is dumped into ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yellow stool: Yellow stool can be the result of overly rapid transit of stool through the colon, insufficient bile salts or infection. It can be seen in people w ga ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
8 years experience Urology
Blood in stool: That you should see a doctor asap.
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allan Goldstein
55 years experience Internal Medicine
See doctor: May be biliary disease.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Lotta possibilities.: Without examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health. This is a perfect description of a liver problem (but only if t ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It means that the : Stool transited quickly through the GI tract.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Likely: Eating anything could affect the color and character of your stools. Tan and brown stool by far is the normal color, due to normal degradation of bil ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience Family Medicine
Incomplete digestion: Aside from dietary extreems, this represents a serious problem in your intestines. Please check in with your doc.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Stomach pain?: The most concerning cause of black stools is bleeding in the stomach, usually caused by an ulcer or gastritis. Blood turns black when it comes in cont ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
31 years experience Internal Medicine
It is fresh: It reflects your body core temperature . Nothing to worry . It is absolutely normal.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Adequate hyration: Normal urine should be pale yellowor clear if hydrating adequately.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Yellow stool: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: This can be very serious - colon cancer can present with bleeding. It may also be simple such as hemorrhoids due to straining with bowel movements. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Anthony Del signore
12 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Poop: It can be a sign of food poisoning or if you've eaten potato chips with olestra or if taking dietary supplement which blocks absorption of fat.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You are shedding: Older, deoxygenated blood.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Hard to say: Without seeing the urine oil could be just the color. If there is more concern then an exam or specimen check with your doctor will provide answers.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: If this is achange from what it used to be, you need to see a specialist sooner rather than later. It may be spasm or a mass in the rectum. Regardless ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Nothing serious: Likely less seminal (/'pre-ejaculate') fluid mixed with the semen (/'ejaculate').
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Green stools occur : When the feces transits rapidly through your GI tract.

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