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Hi, I have emetophobia so when I get loose stools I worry that I will get gastro. What are some other causes for loose stools? I did have slightly spicy food for dinner last night and I also am lactose intolerant.

Hi, I have emetophobia so when I get loose stools I worry that I will get gastro. What are some other causes for loose stools?  I did have slightly spicy food for dinner last night and I also am lactose intolerant.

FODMAPs: or Fermentable oligo-, di- and monosaccharides and polyols in your diet can be fermented by bacteria in your intestine and cause cramps, gas and diarrhea. Try a low FODMAP diet for a few weeks and see how it works. https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/for-patients-component/programs-services/clinical-nutrition-services/docs/pdf-lowfodmapdiet.pdf Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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My 16 month old is aparently lactose intolerant having loose stools she's taking whole milk, tried lactaid & cause constipation, can she take nutramigen?

My 16 month old is aparently lactose intolerant having loose stools she's taking whole milk, tried lactaid & cause constipation, can she take nutramigen?

Pricey solution : Soy based milk like products are lactose free & much less expensive.. A 16 mo cam also get all the calcium they need from a couple of tum's /day & just drink water. The other stuff in milk can be made up by a diverse diet. ...Read more

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My mother inlaw, started drinking almond silk in place of milk, due to lactose intolerance. She needs calories, due to weight loss, now she is experiencing diarreah since starting it. Could this be from the silk?

My mother inlaw, started drinking almond silk in place of milk, due to lactose intolerance. She needs calories, due to weight loss, now she is experiencing diarreah since starting it. Could this be from the silk?

Could be...: But there are many causes of diarrhea. If the almond silk is the cause diarrhea should resolve within a few days of stopping it. Prove that almond silk is the cause of diarrhea by drinking it after diarrhea has resolved. If loose bowel movements return promptly you will have a pretty unambiguous answer. Why not drink lactose-free milk? ...Read more

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Can drinking milk when you have lactose intolerance cause any damage other than gas and diarrhea?

Can drinking milk when you have lactose intolerance cause any damage other than gas and diarrhea?

Not really: There are lots of different food intolerances. Some may cause symptoms like an allergic reaction, while others may cause mild symptoms. Check out http://goo.Gl/jhaqg for more information. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea a symptom of lactose intolerance?

Is diarrhea a symptom of lactose intolerance?

Yes: Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include crampy abdominal pain, gassiness, and non-bloody diarrhea. Sometimes there is vomiting as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have diarrhea after yogurt if lactose intolerance?

Is it normal to have diarrhea after yogurt if lactose intolerance?

Yes : Yoghurt has some lactose that has not fermented and lead to symptoms in people who have severe lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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After I have milk, i can't have any more and i get diarrhea, if it's not lactose intolerance, then why is this?

Lactose Intolerance: I am assuming that when you say "can't have any more" I am assuming that you are feeling bloated and is unable to ingest any more. This may be related to increased distention of the intestine due to gas. However, there are other conditions that may cause this type of symptoms for which you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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When i drink a glass of milk i get diarrhea. Like a full glass of milk causes it. Could this be a mild form of lactose intolerance?

When i drink a glass of milk i get diarrhea. Like a full glass of milk causes it. Could this be a mild form of lactose intolerance?

Yes: Yes it could, try drinking a full glass of lactaid milk- which is predigested and see what happens. Good luck. ...Read more

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Usually i get diarrhea after drinking milk. But if i eat one clove of garlic along with milk, i never have the problem (diarrhea). Lactose intolerance?

Usually i get diarrhea after drinking milk. But if i eat one clove of garlic along with milk, i never have the problem (diarrhea). Lactose intolerance?

Odd...: Happens if drink milk as part of a meal? Food affects stomach emptying, which affects digestion of lactose load. Possible eating garlic affects stomach emptying too. ...Read more

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Hi, my 9month old baby's stool pH is 6 & she is having diarrhea since 1 month. Doc is saying she is having lactose intolerance. Please advice. Thanks.

Hi, my 9month old baby's stool pH is 6 & she is having diarrhea since 1 month. Doc is saying she is having lactose intolerance. Please advice. Thanks.

Need more info: If the doctor gave you advice did you follow it? One suggestion is choose a lactose free diet. It's easy to Google it on the computer. If that does not help have your pediatrician refer you to a pediatric gastroenterologist. Diarrhea for one month is not very good for a 9 month old infant. ...Read more

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Hi, my 9m old baby's stool pH is 6 & she is having diarrhea since 1month. Doc saying she is havin lactose intolerance. Though she is growing well. Thx?

Hi, my 9m old baby's stool pH is 6 & she is having diarrhea since 1month. Doc saying she is havin lactose intolerance. Though she is growing well. Thx?

Maybe: It is hard to advise since more information about the child's history is needed. A pH of 5.5 or less indicates an acidic stool. A low pH can indicate carbohydrate or fat malabsorption. Typically infants have a milk protein intolerance, not a lactose ( sugar) intolerance. If removing milk from his diet doesn't work, may need other studies done. ...Read more

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My 13 month old was just switched over to whole milk recently and is having yellow diarrhea now. Lactose intolerance or more likely infection?

My 13 month old was just switched over to whole milk recently and is having yellow diarrhea now. Lactose intolerance or more likely infection?

May be too "early": Its doubtful that "infection:" would be playing a role without other symptoms...more likely it is lactose intolerance however this may be temporary! Try going back to formula for another 3 months and try again
CHECK WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN ABOUT THIS "ADVICE"!!
Hope this helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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I have lactose intolerance, Sometimes I have diarrhea, in some episodes of this diarrhea I have tachycardia, is it normal? dont have heart problems

I have lactose intolerance, Sometimes I have diarrhea, in some episodes of this diarrhea I have tachycardia, is it normal? dont have heart problems

Maybe: Diarrhea is common if you are consuming lactose in spite of your known intolerance.It is also common as a physical sign in Irritable Bowel Syndrome or with incidental viral gut infections. You should expect tachycardia if you are loosing fluid volume with diarrhea or have a viral infection. You would not necessarily have tachycardia if you just had a single loose stool. ...Read more

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Could lactose intolerance cause bloating and cramping when you wake up? And HOURS after eating dairy? No diarrhea, but using bathroom more frequently

Could lactose intolerance cause bloating and cramping when you wake up? And HOURS after eating dairy? No diarrhea, but using bathroom more frequently

Sure, but...: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort /bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, functional syndromes may be present without underlying inflammation or structural pathology to account for associated altered stools. Check with your doctor for examination & treatment options, particularly if persistent after trying lactase supplements. ...Read more

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My 6 month old has diarrhea for 60 hrs now. He is excl breastfed. No fever or smell. Should i stop breastfeeding if sec lactose intolerance? Help please

My 6 month old has diarrhea for 60 hrs now. He is excl breastfed. No fever or smell. Should i stop breastfeeding if sec lactose intolerance? Help please

See Doctor ASAP: 60 hours of diarrhea is difficult on adults. It can worse on the 6 month old age group. Dehydration is a serious issue with infants, and while they may be still taking fluids, the loss of fluids from diarrhea may be more than they are taking in. This can result in dehydration and /or electrolyte disturbances. Seek medical evaluation immediately. ...Read more

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Upper abdominal pain, worse sitting/standing. Like lactose intolerance but for two days. Comes and goes, pain is sharp. Diarrhea. Not tender to touch.

Upper abdominal pain, worse sitting/standing. Like lactose intolerance but for two days. Comes and goes, pain is sharp. Diarrhea. Not tender to touch.

Hard to say: Sorry but this is tough to answer "online"
do you have fever? is there blood in the diarrhea? have you had any stomach/intestinal issues in the past? does anyone else @home have same symptoms?
if the answers to above are No....Try eating "lightly"over next 24hrs. i..no dairy spicy foods etc...be sure to drink water/teas etc so you don't get dehydrated....if no improvement, see your Dr..
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I have reoccurring diarrhea, gas and stomach pain. Could this be lactose intolerance? My symptoms are worse when i wake. Why would that be?

I have reoccurring diarrhea,  gas and stomach pain.  Could this be lactose intolerance?  My symptoms are worse when i wake.  Why would that be?

Possibly: Lactose intolerance is only one of several possible causes for your symptoms. See a gastroenterologist to determine the cause and the best treatment. ...Read more

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I'm not lactose intolerance, fine with milk n cheese etc. but I get severe diarrhea and stomach cramp 1-2 hrs after eating Greek yogurt. Why is that?

I'm not lactose intolerance, fine with milk n cheese etc. but I get severe diarrhea and stomach cramp 1-2 hrs  after eating Greek yogurt. Why is that?

Greek yougurt: and GI symptoms. There must be something in the yogurt that you are sensitive to. Please read the label and see what's in it as a flavoring, coloring, preservative, etc. Consider eating a different brand or non-Greek yogurt. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Diarrhea and severe stomach pain after eating/drinking dairy products. Lactose intolerance test came out very negative. Anything else it could be?

Diarrhea and severe stomach pain after eating/drinking dairy products. Lactose intolerance test came out very negative. Anything else it could be?

Colitis: If avoiding milk/dairy products relieves the symptoms, then it could still be lactose intolerance. Tests are good, but avoidance of milk/dairy is the ultimate test. If it occurs despite avoiding milk, there are several GI problems that could be a problem such as colitis. This would best be evaluated by a gastroenterology specialist. ...Read more

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Bad stomach ache like something is ripping intestines I felt nauseous and had diarrhea but the next day it was gone. Could it be lactose intolerance?

Bad stomach ache like something is ripping intestines I felt nauseous and had diarrhea but the next day it was gone. Could it be lactose intolerance?

Among other causes: Self-limited diarrhea and abdominal pain as described may more typically reflect a "24-hour bug" or staph food poisoning. If it happens repeatedly, evaluation is appropriate. ...Read more

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I have asymptomatic chronic hepatitis and lactose intolerance. Despite diet changes, i've had an abdominal bloating issue for a year. Sometimes loose stools and pain on palpation. Suggestions?

I have asymptomatic chronic hepatitis and lactose intolerance. Despite diet changes, i've had an abdominal bloating issue for a year. Sometimes loose stools and pain on palpation. Suggestions?

Few suggestions...: There is probably no relationship between your chronic hepatitis and abdominal bloating. Bloating is a non-specific symptom that could be caused by many things. Probiotics and low-fodmaps diet (www.Ibsfree.Net) are two suggestions to try. Because of the duration of the symptoms i suggest you see a gastroenterologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How to know if you're lactose intolerant? Is it like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting?

How to know if you're lactose intolerant? Is it like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting?

Lactose intolerance: Usually, abdominal pain, excessive gas and loose bowel movement associated with eating foods containing lactose. This does not happen immediately when you eat the lactose containing food or drink milk. The lactose, which the intestine can not absorb if you have lactose intolerance, needs to reach the colon (large bowel) to cause the symptoms. ...Read more

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How to get rid of diarrhea quick naturally? I'm lactose intolerant

How to get rid of diarrhea quick naturally? I'm lactose intolerant

Not much: Acute diarrhea will run its course. Chronic diarrhea will need an evaluation by your doctor to treat the symptoms and identify the cause. ...Read more

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I'm lactose intolerant, don't drink milk but i get diarrhea early mornings when i step out the house in a hurry. What is wrong with me? Any advice?

I'm lactose intolerant, don't drink milk but i get diarrhea early mornings when i step out the house in a hurry. What is wrong with me? Any advice?

Irritable bowel: This pattern is often due to irritable bowel. Often the first movement is formed and then a few loose movements follow without much problem the rest of the day. Taking an antispasmodic like Bentyl (dicyclomine) 1/2hour before breakfast prevents the urgent loose movements. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Being lactose intolerant, can you get diarrhea 24 hours after ingesting dairy (cheese)? Or could it be dehydration resulting from high temperatures?

Being lactose intolerant, can you get diarrhea 24 hours after ingesting dairy (cheese)? Or could it be dehydration resulting from high temperatures?

Not likely: lactose is the milk sugar that is digested in the small intestine. This would be very slow transport through your digestive tract to take 24 hours. Diarrhea should have occurred sooner. Dehydration does not cause diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Milk Intolerance (Definition)

Milk intolerance is digestive problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea) due to one or more components of milk. Lactose (sugar found in milk) intolerance is an example of milk intolerance. Milk intolerance can also be due to problems with fat and ...Read more