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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Fritz
33 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: See your health provider if the stool turns black otherwise it is a normal color.

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
Mineral oil: Over the counter mineral oil is better than stool softener in capsules. About a tablespoon or less at bedtime according to benefit.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (what's the frequency of stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, foo ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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If occasional: it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but takin ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
32 years experience Family Medicine
Posture: The best posture is sitting upright with your back straight. Avoid slouching or leaning forward. Try not to rest your hands or forearms on any solid ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Seeds, blood...: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bengt Arnetz
40 years experience Occupational Medicine
Neutral position.: Frequent typing might increase the risk to suffer from various pain symptoms in the wrists and fingers since you put stress on nerves passing between ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Cogdill
17 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Discuss with doctor: High output ileostomies can be quite problematic. Sometimes a medication called loperamide is used to purposefully slow down the stool rate. This shou ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
38 years experience Pediatrics
Pinworm or hookworm: Small white moving animals in stool may have been pinworm or some form of hookworm.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faiz Shakir
15 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends on cause: Best to get it checked out with stool studies first.

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