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A 38-year-old male asked:

poop has a metallic smell. normal size and consistency, light brown color. i take omeprazole 2 bid. and eat a serving of all bran every morning. ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Seems normal: I don't think the smell of your stool necessarily means pathology. The heavy fiber diet leads to softer,lighter colored stools but you don't have any true bowel symptoms. If you have continuing concerns, consult your physician or a gastroenterologist.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
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