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how often is it ok to have loose stools?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Question unclear: What do you mean by "loose"? Is this a change? It is seldom normal to have this happen unless something in diet or an organism or other inflammatory process is in progress. Generally these are self-limited and resolve in under 5-7 days. The daily frequency is also an issue. Be more specific in your question. Best.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What can I eat to make my stool harder? I'm sick of having loose stool!

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See your doctor: If you have chronically loose stools you could have a chronic bowel problem (inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome) which may be treated. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. Generally you should avoid dairy, salads, artifical sweetners and fruits. Starches (pasta, potatoes, rice) are helpful. Occasionally a fiber suppliment may be helpful as well.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Why have I got loose stools with no flu symptoms?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Lots of causes: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis.
A 43-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between loose stools and diarhhea?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
LOOSE STOOLS: Have a mushy consistency. Diarrhea is wattery non formed stools.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is diarrhea completely liquid stool?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Yes- completely and-: it will come out of the anus quickly ("squirt", "like Niagara Falls"). If it's liquid with small blobs of stool, it's not diarrhea but rather, loose stool.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I expect in an appointment with a doctor to check out loose stools?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Loose stools...help!: Hi a good health care provider will ask you a series of questions to try to rule out or rule in certain possibilities as the cause of your symptoms. In the visit they should also check your vital signs and examine you. The questions should be similar to the length of time you have been ill, what other symptoms accompany this illness, and what foods or other issues could be contributing.

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