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A 29-year-old male asked:

I have horrible smelling bowel movements and gas after gastroenteritis. stool looks a little loose. it has been about 8 days. muscle weakness too. ??

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
You could have: transient Lactase Deficiency after a GI viral infection! In adition you may have a transient Potassium loss explaining the weakness..from the diarrhea1 Increase your potassium (Bananas are a great source!!!) and use LACTAID tablets along with any dairy (milk cream) products! Just a thought! Hope it helps! Dr Z
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Gastroenteritis: I don't think that the horribly smelling stool is of concern but the loose stools of viral gastroenteritis usually resolve after a week although it can be followed by an irritable bowel syndrome. If significant diarrhea is prolonged the stool should be cultured to check for pathogens that need treatment. In the meantime avoid harsh roughage,take kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) as needed.
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Last updated Jan 15, 2017

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