Oakland, CA
A 29-year-old male asked:

Strange question, but is it normal for stool to dissolve particles in the bottom of the toilet bowl when it isn't flushed for a while? the stool doesn't change the color of the bottom of the toilet bowel water unless it isn't flushed for a while?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 26 years experience
It is normal for stool that has been left in the toilet bowl to color the surrounding water based on what is left in the stool. Frequently, fibrous plant material, food colorings, seeds, and certain grains will not be broken down and will pass in the stool causing color in the surrounding water. The only thing you need to worry about is if your stool contains visible blood.
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