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Hi I've noticed the last two days that I have pink stools. Not every time I go, not every piece and no mucus. What is it?

Hi I've noticed the last two days that I have pink stools. Not every time I go, not every piece and no mucus. What is it?

Food: Food/medicine may color your stool. You can bleed/ hemorrhoid also be a factor. Take a stool sample to your PMD and get checked to be safe. ...Read more

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I eat a lot of spinach during the week and ate a bunch last night. I had two dark stools this morning. Could that be the cause?

I eat a lot of spinach during the week and ate a bunch last night.  I had two dark stools this morning.  Could that be the cause?

Could be, but...: Your stool color can be affected by what you have eaten, but one must be careful with dark stools. Black stools, particularly when foul-smelling and pasty, can be a sign of internal bleeding. If you are uncertain whether this could be due to bleeding, see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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From last two days I got blood in my stools. It was rich dark red and I guess there is a cut near the hole from excrete pass. Please help.

From last two days I got blood in my stools. It was rich dark red and I guess there is a cut near the hole from excrete pass. Please help.

Blood in stool: Blood in the stool is never normal. But it sounds like there is a fissure (ie, cut) on your anus. Fissures are often from mechanical irritation (ie, wiping). Also, hard feces in constipation often is attributed to fissures. But in your case, if your stool is dark red, it may indicate blood that is coming somewhere within the intestine itself — in which case, I recommend getting it checked out. ...Read more

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I have been having a loose stool for the last two days. In mongolia?

I have been having a loose stool for the last two days. In mongolia?

Diarhhea: Traveller's diarrhea is cery common... Prevention is with good hand washing, clean water and good food hygiene. If you have diarrhea it usually lasts a few days and you need to hydrate and replace electrolytes. If it continues or you notice it is bloody, see a local physician. ...Read more

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There is orange oil in my stool from last two months. What is the cause and treatment?

There is orange oil in my stool from last two months. What is the cause and treatment?

Fat droplet in stool: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. You are describing steatorrhea--due to maldigestion, pancreatic insufficiency, ingestion of olestra or orlistat, high fat intake... ...Read more

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What can be done to find the source of bright red bloody stools that lasted just a few days and hasn't happened again for two weeks?

What can be done to find the source of bright red bloody stools that lasted just a few days and hasn't happened again for two weeks?

Hemorrhoid or ?: You need to see a gastro-intestinal specialist or a colorectal surgeon. Even a general surgeon can help you with getting an exam in the colon and rectal area. Hemorrhoids are the most common issue, but thinks like colitis, diverticulosis, polyps or colon tumors can cause rectal bleeding. I recommend finding out what is causing this problem. ...Read more

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My daughter just turned five and has suddenly over the last two days devloped light gray and then nearly white stools. She seems to feel fine, however?

My daughter just turned five and has suddenly over the last two days devloped light gray and then nearly white stools. She seems to feel fine, however?

Stools: If her stools lack colour it may be related to poor excretion of bile. Imaging of the right upper quadrant initially by ultrasound may be indicated. If her stools return to their usual colour, it may have been dietary. All the best. ...Read more

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My i.B. S has been off the charts lately an in the last two weeks when I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) it makes my stool black! Im also vary sick feeling off a on?

My i.B. S has been off the charts lately an in the last two weeks when I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) it makes my stool black! Im also vary sick feeling off a on?

IBS: Ibs can go through stages of exacerbation and quiescents. During exacerbation one must rule out inciting event: dietary, stress, infectious. Stool cultures need to be obtain. If there was exposure to antibiotics, travel history or dietary indiscretion. Peptobismol can cause black stool. However one must rule out GI bleeding. Stool for hidden blood can be helpful to distinguish between two. ...Read more

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Cold nighttime drenching sweats last two nights since running my first half-marathon. No nausea, fever. Clear urine. Stool fine. Just knee pain.?

Cold nighttime drenching sweats last two nights since running my first half-marathon. No nausea, fever. Clear urine. Stool fine. Just knee pain.?

Night Sweats : Naturally, night sweats are worrisome and sometimes indicate an infection or chronic disease as the underlying cause. Given the proximity to what had to be a stressful event for your body metabolism, and given that you describe no other systemic signs and symtoms such as fever, cough, rash, etc., the likelihood is that they will subside. If not, seek a consultation with your health care provider. ...Read more

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DX w/h colitis two days ago, been sick since last Friday, nauseated, can't eat, gas, watery stool. On cipro, (ciprofloxacin) lower back pain. Trouble breathing.

DX w/h colitis two days ago, been sick since last Friday, nauseated, can't eat, gas, watery stool.  On cipro, (ciprofloxacin) lower back pain.  Trouble breathing.

ER Visit: Trouble breathing indicates need for immediate evaluation. Diarrhea can cause electrolyte disturbances that can be life threatening. Could also be medication allergy. You need to either call 911 or go to ER immediately ...Read more

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For the last two days I have had a green stool. I have also had discomfort in the rectal area could I have a rectal infection?

For the last two days I have had a green stool. I have also had discomfort in the rectal area could I have a rectal infection?

Not related: Green stool and rectal infection, if both present are not likely to be related. Green stool is in all likelihood due to your diet. To address the discomfort in the rectal area, you may try some fiber laxative like Metamucil. Given your history of STD, if the rectal discomfort does not disappear in a week or so, or if you have fever, please consult your doctor for an evaluation in person. ...Read more

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I have had dark stinky stools (two today) and ate raspberries last night. I have my OB appointment tomorrow and am curious if I should be concerned.

I have had dark stinky stools (two today) and ate raspberries last night. I have my OB appointment tomorrow and am curious if I should be concerned.

No worries: Raspberries are fine, and the nature of your recent stools are in the range of normal. Do keep your OB appointment and report your concerns to your clinician. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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On and off over the last two months I have been getting a streak (small one) of bright red blood on my stool. Really worried about cancer. No Fam his.

On and off over the last two months I have been getting a streak (small one) of bright red blood on my stool. Really worried about cancer. No Fam his.

See doctor: It is very unlikely that you have cancer. You should see your doctor for an evaluation and treatment of possible anal fissure, hemorrhoids or a similar lesion. ...Read more

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I have yellowish to clay colored stool for the last two days completely dry and I am very worried. I have not been taking drug but do have a poor diet?

I have yellowish to clay colored stool for the last two days completely dry and I am very worried. I have not been taking drug but do have a poor diet?

See a doctor: I would recommend seeing a doctor. Make sure to let the doctor know what exactly you are eating so that they can help you :]. ...Read more

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12-year-old son has very light-colored stool periodically. Lasts for a day or two, then returns to normal. Any reason for concern?

12-year-old son has very light-colored stool periodically. Lasts for a day or two, then returns to normal. Any reason for concern?

Doctor can examine: A primary care doctor can check to see why some stools are very light colored. He'll want to know the circumstances around the light colored stools, such as whether it is related to rapid transit of poop through the bowels, or related to certain foods. Keeping a diary of symptoms will help. If worried about the gall bladder, the doctor may order an ultrasound scan. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has had two very lose stools in the last 12hrs. What can I give him to help him? He does not complain up an upset tummy.

My 4yr old has had two very lose stools in the last 12hrs. What can I give him to help him? He does not complain up an upset tummy.

Applesauce/bananas: Applesauce & bananas are two natural products that can slow loose stools. Yogurt, breads & rice can also help. Avoid fruit juices or drinks with artificial sweeteners which can aggravate the process. ...Read more

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I have been having yellow stool for a year now and diareah that last for two weeks. I had my gallbladder removed a still have it. Is this normal?

I have been having yellow stool for a year now and diareah that last for two weeks. I had my gallbladder removed a still have it. Is this normal?

No: Diarrhea is not normal. The questions are numerous and should be addressed by your doctor. The color of stool is seldom significant just by itself. It must be related to what other things are going on. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had white stools for two weeks now. I had a blood test last week which came back normal. The dr mentioned the CRP levels were 3mg. A month ago my CRP levels were less than 1mg on a previous blood test. Is the white colour any cause for concern?

I've had white stools for two weeks now. I had a blood test last week which came back normal. The dr mentioned the CRP levels were 3mg. A month ago my CRP levels were less than 1mg on a previous blood test. Is the white colour any cause for concern?

White stools: White stools warrant a follow up evaluation with your physician for additional lab work and likely a referral to a GI specialist. Take care of yourself and seek care "in person" with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics (Cipro) affect BMs? Have been on antibiotics for about a week and the last two days my stool appears darker and has a bit of mucus

Can antibiotics (Cipro) affect BMs?  Have been on antibiotics for about a week and the last two days my stool appears darker and has a bit of mucus

Yes- definitely: Antibiotics kill every bacterium that is susceptible-so we hope this effect extends to the bacteria causing an infection, but there can be side effects such as wiping out the GOOD bacteria in your gut. As a result, it's quite common to see changes in the bowels. Hopefully though this is just temporary. If u are concerned, call the doc who prescribed the antibiotics to begin with. They need to know. ...Read more

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Hi, I have gallstones in my gall bladder I suffer from pain that last for about two hours, but not very frequent. Will it come out through my stool?

Hi, I have gallstones in my gall bladder
I suffer from pain that last for about two hours, but not very frequent. Will it come out through my stool?

Gallstones.: Being you're having symptoms, your stones are likely getting stuck as they try to leave the gallbladder. So it's unlikely that these stones will be leaving your body any time soon. You're experiencing biliary colic, and the solution will eventually be gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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Black little dots in stool. Would colon cancer stools be thin one day then be normal the next? I did have blood in stools for two days only last week

Black little dots in stool. Would colon cancer stools be thin one day then be normal the next? I did have blood in stools for two days only last week

Not sure: I am assuming that you do not have a significant family history for colon cancer. Colon cancer can result in thin stools but I would think that they stay that way. Blood in the stool can indicate possible colon tumor(polyp) or cancer but it not very common for patients your age. I would reccomend that you see a dr. To find out the cause of your bleeding. Internal hemorrhiods could be a cause. ...Read more

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Have had very sore lower back the & 3pm onwards I get a temperate and my neck stiffins when temp rises. Also, last two stools I have had blood (bright)?

Have had very sore lower back the & 3pm onwards I get a temperate and my neck stiffins when temp rises. Also, last two stools I have had blood (bright)?

Symptoms: Symptoms may be indicative of one or more problems, all of which mandate immediate attention. Important you make immediate appointment to see Physician. Please don't put this off. ...Read more

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5 yr old has last two nights needed toilet at bedtime and not made it — loose stools not quite diarrohea, soft and beige. Now has abdominal pains?

5 yr old has last two nights needed toilet at bedtime and not made it — loose stools not quite diarrohea, soft and beige. Now has abdominal pains?

Loose,stools: The change in consistency and the abdominal pains could be a viral gastroenteritis. Keep him on a bland diet and avoid juice or milk until well. If abdominal pain is persistent or fever or blood in stool develops get him seen by his Doctor. ...Read more

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Lose stool for two weeks, last 4 days I feel dehydrated and my pee is dark. This morning begining stool was white and rest was brown. What could it be?

Lose stool for two weeks, last 4 days I feel dehydrated and my pee is dark. This morning begining stool was white and rest was brown. What could it be?

Liver problem.: Loose stools can make you dehydrated, which makes pee darker than normal. But dark pee (Coke-colored) can also be a sign of liver problems. And white or clay-colored stool means liver problems. For these symptoms, a visit to the doctor is in order. Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) or gallbladder trouble are possible causes for these symptoms. ...Read more

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The last two days, in the morning when I had my bowl movement in the am there was some blood. I, m 68, in good health. For two days I've had blood in my stool. This morning the water was real red. Tonight its still red. I had first thought I might have had

The last two days, in the morning when I had my bowl movement in the am there was some blood. I, m 68, in good health.  For two days I've had blood in my stool. This morning the water was real red. Tonight its still red. I had first thought I might have had

Blood : Blood in the stool is a serious issue. The most worrisome thing would be colon cancer, otherwise hemorrhoids, fissures, diverticulitis can all cause blood in the stool. Anemia is also a concern. Please seek medical care at once if you have not done so already. You will likely need a colonoscopy along with a complete evaluation.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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For the last two days it has been too hard and painful to have a bowel motion. Would stool softeners help? Anything else I could do?

For the last two days it has been too hard and painful to have a bowel motion. Would stool softeners help? Anything else I could do?

No: Stool softener can be used as preventative measures but not after one has become constipated. There are laxatives one may try but if it doesn't work, you will need to see your doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I was on lamictal for a week and developed a rash from my neck to my knees I'm also experiencing black stools for the last two days.

Be seen: A rash with Lamictal can be very serious. Unless the rash is clearly not from the Lamictal (you know exactly what did cause it), then stop the Lamictal immediately and contact your doctor. Also, black stools are often a sign of GI bleeding, so, again, I would contact your physician asap. ...Read more