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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more

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As an infant, i ate a huge amount of beets. Pooped during my nap and my mom swears the poop stained my butt cheek. 28 yrs later, still there. Why?

As an infant, i ate a huge amount of beets. Pooped during my nap and my mom swears the poop stained my butt cheek. 28 yrs later, still there. Why?

Doubt it caused this: If you have an odd coloration of your skin in this area it would be reasonable to consult with a dermatologist to determine the cause. Beets is not a common part of an infant diet in this region, but I have practiced in various parts of the world & never heard of this happening in three decades. I am aware of several skin issues that could produce localized color variations in this location. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Increase dietary fiber
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Do kegel exercises
Daily
Follow up with a gastroenterologist
Yearly
See a pelvic floor specialist such as a urogynecologist
Yearly
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Can beets change my bm color? I had some beets in a salad and notice my stool is leaching red.

Yes: If you havent eating beets or other dark red foods in a week and your stools are still red then have your md check for blood. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Lifestyle and dietary changes
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Exercise programs
daily
Medications to control constipation & diarrhea.
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Can beets make ur stool super dark?

Can beets make ur stool super dark?

Yes: Beets can cause the stool to appear dark or red. They can also cause a false positive on some types of stool occult blood tests. ...Read more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Avoid trigger foods and increase fiber in your diet
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Stress less, and enjoy life, as anxiety will worsen symptoms
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Take medications as prescribed and as needed
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