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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Choi
Dr. Paul Choi answered
36 years experience Gastroenterology
Loose Stool: Loose stool may be related to various causes including type of food you eat, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, or even serious condition ... Read More

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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vakas Sial
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly diarrhea: You have have diarrhea. Also you should always be concerned for possible blood in the stool. See you primary care asap.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not necessarily: If you have an impaction of hard stools that is incomplete, only liquid stool can get by the plug of stool. The mistake is to take something to stop t ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Frank
21 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Gluten sensitivy and allergy (celiac disease) can cause a host of problems including GI symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating), r ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Nothing that should : Be ignored, but rather needs immediate attention. Can be infectious, inflammatory such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, tumor, hemorrhoids. O ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Air/gas: Most floating stool is filled with air or gas, not oil or fat.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Black like tar: Or melena, usually indicates there may be a bleeding site from your upper GI tract that the blood on exposure to stomach acid turns tarry black. This ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Varies: Anything from eating a can of spinach to having a nasty bacterial infection such as pseudomembranous colitis. Whether to seek help depends on one's ot ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male 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 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Pancotto
45 years experience Gastroenterology
Nothing: Yellow reflects bile in stool, can be green or brown. If loose all the time then something not right.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Acholic stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color stool. Lots of other ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Maybe bile, fat: Pale, yellow, foul smelling. Bulky, sticky stools can be seen with fat malabsorption , as may be seen with pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Sticky bowel is not medical term.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It might be related: To GI bleeding. Black, sticky, loose with a bad odor - should be medically evaluated.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Blood or meds: Blood from high up in your digestive tract can cause black tarry sticky stools. This blood could come from swallowed blood from a nosebleed, an ulcer ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Some possibilities.: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, and froth implies not only diarrhea but diarrhea with ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Diet? : Pale stools, especially gray in color, can often be a sign of liver disease. The yellow color suggests the presence of bile which would mean your live ... Read More
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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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Blood?: Black tarry, malodorous stool may be due to gastrointestinal bleeding. This warrants urgent evalution. Some meds may cause black stool.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Ate blue food...: Blue stool probably means you ate or drank something with blue pigments or blue food coloring.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
See a doctor!: Blood in stool has many causes, some benign, some worrisome, some bad. Only a doctor trained in evaluation of the GI tract can differentiate between t ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Could be blood: Black stool, especially if it has a tarry consistency, could be a sign of blood in the stool. Medications, such as pepto-bismol, can also turn stool b ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood or iron: Vitamines containin iron, iron tablets, and pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can all cause black stools. Bleeding in the stomach can also cause bl ... Read More
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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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