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What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See a doctor: The answer to your question could fill a good textbook, and the answer to getting rid of it depends upon the cause. See a good doctor and find out what is wrong.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does chocolate cause loose stools?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
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 may also have loose stools.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have black loose stool, what is the cause?

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Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Blood loss from gut: Black stool can be a result of many things, bleeding in your intestine, taking iron supplements, eating certain foods, or taking vitamins. Because it might represent an acute bleed in the stomach or intestines, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is important. Call your physician and make an appointment to be seen ASAP

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