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Change in diet leads to change in stools?

Change in diet leads to change in stools?

Typically: Consistency of input affects consistency of output. Irregular intake of fiber containing foods, spicy foods, fluids, physical activity, hormonal status, medications, various carbohydrates, fat, type of protein, etc. Affect bowel frequency, consistency of stool, associated symptoms like gas. ...Read more

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Bowel Movement (Definition)

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Change in bowel habits since last 1.5 yrs. Change in consistency of stool - semi solid, foul-smelling. Flatus also foul smelling. Pain ;better ondefec?

Change in bowel habits since last 1.5 yrs. Change in consistency of stool - semi solid, foul-smelling. Flatus also foul smelling. Pain ;better ondefec?

Stool patterns: We need a good stool pattern history. Is the stool floating, oily consistency, is there blood, do you have diarrhea, food intolerances. Does anyone else near you have the same symptoms. Past history of ulcers, or UC.Chrohns... There is a lot to go through. Call in or make an appt and we will go through your history, ruling out possible causes. ...Read more

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What can cause a change in stool color?

What can cause a change in stool color?

Brown: The color of stool is most commonly various shades of brown due to a combination of several factors (bile content, transit time, diet, medications, intestinal flora/bacteria). These factors may result in green or even a yellow hue. ...Read more

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Noticable change in stools,Foul smell accompanied with blood in stool and white mucus and infrequent bowel movements.what could this be at 24 yrs old?

Noticable change in stools,Foul smell accompanied with blood in stool and white mucus and infrequent bowel movements.what could this be at 24 yrs old?

Blood in stool: The combination of blood in the stool with accompanying mucus is possibly suggestive of some form of inflammation of the colon, or colitis. There are also other possibilities, but since it is such a big change in your normal stool appearance, I would recommend you see your doctor as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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Red stringy mucus in stool, pain in stomach-(had increased significantly during the summer), greenish stool colour, last year noticed blood in stool.

Red stringy mucus in stool, pain in stomach-(had increased significantly during the summer), greenish stool colour, last year noticed blood in stool.

Testing: Time for your doctor to see you. You need blood and stool testing to determine if this is infection or chronic inflammatory disease. You may also need a colonoscopy ...Read more

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Does drinking everyday cause a change in bowel habits / looser stool?

Does drinking everyday cause a change in bowel habits / looser stool?

Yes: Alcohol is damaging to the brush border of the intestine and chronic drinking can lead to malabsorption and loose stools along with numerous other complications of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. ...Read more

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What STD causes change in bowl moment?

What STD causes change in bowl moment?

STDs: There is no std that causes symptoms such as you describe. ...Read more

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What causes orange globules in my stool?

What causes orange globules in my stool?

Greasy vs. mucusy?: Are you seeing oily stools with floating oil droplets (which implies fat maldigestion from use of dietary fat blockers, pancreatic and/or biliary disease, small bowel malabsorption, or excessive dietary fat intake) vs mucusy stool (due to a range of conditions from inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, or "functional" due to rectal dysfunction, colon delay, or irritable bowel syndrome)? Need tests. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress change stool shapes, colour and ability to pass a stool?

Can anxiety and stress change stool shapes, colour and ability to pass a stool?

Stress/Bowel Pattern: Stress does not necessarily change stool color, but can affect bowel movement patterns. Some patients can have what is known as irritable bowel syndrome in which stools can vary from constipation to diarrhea. This condition is often diagnosed after all other organic/pathologic conditions are excluded. Wise to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a change in diet cause diarrhea?

Can a change in diet cause diarrhea?

Yes: Any change in diet can cause gastrointestinal problems. If you have diarrhea suspected from dietary change - then change back and see if it gets better. ...Read more

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What causes mucus and blood in stool in toddler?

What causes mucus and blood in stool in toddler?

Multiple: Many times if the child is constipated there will be a bit of blood from an anal fissure ( cut) . Sometimes it may mean some viral infection. Sometimes it may mean a food intolerance/allergy. Please see your pediatrician, and bring a stool sample. ...Read more

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Could a change in climate change effect syringomyelia?

Could a change in climate change effect syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia: There is no documented evidence that this is the case but having said that I have had patients note that the milder weather changes, those without significant temperature changes do note they have less problems. ...Read more

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What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?

What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?

Good possibilities: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Stool studies & exam should help to at least start addressing some of these possibilities. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a change in bowel movements. Ie consistency, constipation?

Can anxiety cause a change in bowel movements. Ie consistency, constipation?

Yes: Stress and anxiety can cause a lot of changes and bowel habits are some of the most common things affected. It can cause both constipation and diarrhea and stomach pains. Stress and anxiety also often alter what you eat which will further impact your bowel movements. ...Read more

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Ostomy output is floating in toilet, frothy, foul fatty smell, glistening and shiny/oily in appearance. Possible causes?

Ostomy output is floating in toilet, frothy, foul fatty smell, glistening and shiny/oily in appearance. Possible causes?

Malabsorption: what you describe sounds like a failure to completely absorb in your small bowel. It can be from rapid transit, a lack of pancreatic enzymes or bile, small bowel pathology or from a bacterial overgrowth. This is more common with an ileostomy . It also may be related to your underlying reason for the ostomy such as Crohnes. See your GI doc or surgeon if it doesn't resolve soon. ...Read more

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Does the body physiologically change as the seasons change to accommodate a change in temperature? (ie: more weight in the fall and winter)

Does the body physiologically change as the seasons change to accommodate a change in temperature? (ie: more weight in the fall and winter)

Not Really: Humans live in artificial environments most of the time; we heat our homes in the winter and cool them in the summer. Our "seasons" are not what our ancestors lived through. That said, if we are less active in the winter and more active in the summer, then yes, our bodies will change, but it's due to that phenomenon, not the seasons themselves. ...Read more

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Can bloody stool accompnay other sudden bowel changes?

Can bloody stool accompnay other sudden bowel changes?

Yes: I'm not sure what the "sudden bowel change" is but a change in stool consistency can irritate internal or external hemorrhoids. Also changes in the bowels with blood can be associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (eg crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) or cancer. Check with your physician for a more specific history and physical exam, etc. ...Read more

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Hello. I want to change my pooping schedule from morning about 10am to evening, how could i do it?

Hello. I want to change my pooping schedule from morning about 10am to evening, how could i do it?

Well...: That is an interesting question. When you defalcate it is related to the amount of food you eat and what it is that you eat. Changing your habits may help. I would advise against using laxatives for this. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old has had diarrhea for a couple days and this last diaper change his poop was a pasty, pale yellow color. Is this normal?

My 2 yr old has had diarrhea for a couple days and this last diaper change his poop was a pasty, pale yellow color.  Is this normal?

Pasty yellow poo: Sure, this is fine. Stools definitely get odd in consistency as a child is getting over a viral diarrhea illness. Pasty yellow is within the normal color and consistency you can see. In terms of stool color, the main color to worry about is white, this is a sign of a bowel blockage. ...Read more

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How to change poop schedule from morning to evening?

How to change poop schedule from morning to evening?

You can modify when: you take fiber supplementation and/or stool softeners, but why mess with a successful bowel pattern? ...Read more

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Can using preperation h suppositories change smell of poop?

Stool odor: Yes. There are other suppositories that are relatively safe to use that your doctor can prescribe that don't have an associated odor. Otc try tucks (witch hazel) wipes, may help anal area without the smell. ...Read more

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Can any medicines unintentionally change the way your poop comes out?

Can any medicines unintentionally change the way your poop comes out?

Yes: Medications/drugs can change gastric motility, digestion, and impact the way your body processes wastes & as a result can cause stools to be soft, liquid, hard, different color, and so on depending on the drug or medication. Most meds/drugs as a common side effect will loosen stools or cause mild hardening which are not anything to worry about & temporary. Pain meds usually need a stool softener. ...Read more

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My 7 wk old is breastfed and when i changed her diaper her poop was pea soup green. What could it be? Should i take her in to the dr? Is this normal?

My 7 wk old is breastfed and when i changed her diaper her poop was pea soup green. What could it be? Should i take her in to the dr? Is this normal?

Normal !!!!!!: While usually the color is yellow, all of the yellows, oranges, greens, browns are normal colors for breast fed stools. The only colors to worry about are white, red and dark black (although purple with pink polka dots would be strange). Changes in color reflect your daughters maturing GI tract with the ability to change amount of bile in response to your diet. Relax and thanks for breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Hello, my baby keeps burping 3× an hour, is this normal? His tummy isn't bloated didn't change his formula and poop is normal. Been going on for 2days

Hello, my baby keeps burping 3× an hour, is this normal? His tummy isn't bloated didn't change his formula and poop is normal. Been going on for 2days

Burping infant: Been there, done that! If he's eating and pooping and not unhappy he maybe laughing more and inadvertently swallowing air. My 23 year old still does this! If he starts to seem like he's not well, in pain, or not eating than contact your pediatrician. Hang in there....as my grandmother used to say when I was at the end of my rope "this to shall pass". ...Read more

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Why does my poop change when i'm ovulating?

Why does my poop change when i'm ovulating?

Strange: That is a strange side effect of ovulation, but anything is possible! it could have something to do with the fluctuating hormone levels during ovulation time. All the best! ...Read more

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Why do my poop change color during the day?

Why do my poop change color during the day?

Diet: Color of stool will be determined by what you eat, the digestive enzymes in your body and the bacteria in your body. It is normal for there to be a variation in the color of your stools. If your stools turn bloody, jet black (like tar) or pale white (like chalk) you need to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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16mons baby is having a hard time to poop. Changed her milk to lactose free. Still the same. Now she's crying because she doesn't want to poop. Help!

16mons baby is having a hard time to poop. Changed her milk to lactose free. Still the same. Now she's crying because she doesn't want to poop. Help!

Treating constipatio: Lactose free milk will only help diarrhea due to lactose intolerance in older children. I would recommend decreasing intake of white foods such as milk, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes. I would also advise increased intake of stone fruits like peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and pears, as well as their juices like pear nectar or apricot nectar. ...Read more

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Low pressure near rectum gives the feeling i need to poop all the time for last few days poop changed from hard balls to pencil thin what could it be?

Low pressure near rectum gives the feeling i need to poop all the time for last few days poop changed from hard balls to pencil thin what could it be?

Be seen: That story would prompt me to suggest a colonoscopy, despite your young age. Cancers can occur in your age group, though they are certainly more common in older individuals. ...Read more

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Poop changed from logs to balls over the past month. It's opened up preexisting fissures. Have high water and fiber intake. How can I fix this?

Poop changed from logs to balls over the past month. It's opened up preexisting fissures. Have high water and fiber intake. How can I fix this?

Fissure: use sitz baths regularly, increase fluids and fiber like you are. Take a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium). Anusol hc cream three times a day for the fissure may help. If it doesn't see your physician. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Compared to hand washing, is hand sanitizer actually ok? Say after countless diaper changes? Of course not after poop diapers or when I use the b-room

Compared to hand washing, is hand sanitizer actually ok? Say after countless diaper changes? Of course not after poop diapers or when I use the b-room

Yes: The data i've seen supports the use of hand sanitizers enough that i now use it almost exclusively in my office for hand prep between patients. Although not effective for some soil removal, viral or bacterial transfer is nearly eliminated if done right (all contact surfaces covered). It does have a long term drying effect, but i find it similar to handwashing in the long run. ...Read more

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Am I abnormal if my poop consistency changes daily?

Am I abnormal if my poop consistency changes daily?

Not necessarily: The consistency of your BM is highly depending on your diet (amount of fiber) and thus it is possible that the appearance and consistency may change. But if you note a consistent change in frequency and character of your BMs, you need to check with your doctor to make sure. If you have a history of colon polyps or cancer in the family, it is not too early to get colonoscopy. ...Read more

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3 months old infant.. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

3 months old infant.. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

Common: In infants it is common for them to have a bowel movement after each feed. Most important is to see if the child is behaving and responding well. If baby is sucking well, feeding well, has no vomiting, smiles and is active, there is no cause for concern. But if you remain worried take the baby to a pediatrician to have the baby checked. ...Read more

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Is there really such a thing as the "perfect" shaped poop? My poop shape changes daily so is there something wrong with me?

Is there really such a thing as the "perfect" shaped poop? My poop shape changes daily so is there something wrong with me?

No: There is considerable variation in the amount, consistency and shape of the stools in normal people. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What can i do if i poop around the same time everyday? i have class from 2:30 to 5:30 and I need to be present then. I want to change the time I poo

What can i do if i poop around the same time everyday? i have class from 2:30 to 5:30 and I need to be present then. I want to change the time I poo

Try after eating.: Eating causes a reflex urge to have a bowel movement (called the gastro-colic reflex). Try to have a BM shortly after eating in the AM or after ones mid-day meal. If one has a hard stool, try taking Metamucil (crushed psyllium seeds) with water or juice once or twice daily. ...Read more

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Feces (Definition)

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