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I've had dark green loose stool off and on for about 24 hours. Is that something serious? If not what are some home remedies?

I've had dark green loose stool off and on for about 24 hours. Is that something serious?  If not what are some home remedies?

Green stool: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can change stool >. ...Read more

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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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What can cause dark green loose stools. I have been on my normal diet. No abdominal pain or fever?

What can  cause dark green loose stools. I have been on my normal diet. No abdominal  pain or fever?

Rapid transit: Our liver and gallbladder secretes a green substance called bile. It helps digest our food that contains fat/oils. This green fluid is partly responsible for the brown color of our stool.There may be instances where this green fluid either is not well absorbed in the distal small intestine(ileum) resulting in rapid transit through the intestines(especially the colon , where it may irritate). ...Read more

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Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Get seen: Bloody diarrhea can be serious. Get seen as soon as possible. Sometimes what appears to be blood, is not.blood. If you ate a lot of beets for example. But "better safe than sorry." Get this checked out. ...Read more

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Hi I have reflux, gastritis, lots of gas and intestinal rumbling followed with dark green loose stool that's foul smelling. Is this ibs? if not help!?

Hi I have reflux, gastritis, lots of gas and intestinal rumbling followed with dark green loose stool that's foul smelling. Is this ibs? if not help!?

Not irritable bowel: Reflux isn't IBS, gastitis is inflammation of the stomach. Foul-smelling stools sometimes mean gastroenteritis or malabsorption. Sounds like it is time for a GI specialist or at least a visit to your usual physician for stool studies if the problem continues and even a gluten sensitivity panel with a later GI referral. irritable bowel synd is a diagnosis of exclusion, although real and painful. ...Read more

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I was told by my doctor that I have ibs. I have daily loose stools/diarrhea. Lately, my stool has been dark green or almost black. Why is that?

I was told  by my doctor that I have ibs. I have daily loose stools/diarrhea. Lately, my stool has been dark green or almost black. Why is that?

Diet and bile: The color of stool is quite variable and most often just reflects the interaction of the food you have eaten and your bile. Dark green is often normal. White, black and tarry or frank blood should be evaluated promptly but most other colors are not important. ...Read more

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Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Not necessarily.: An infection with giardia can present with diarrhea or constipation or neither. Stool color is not a reliable way to determine the organism responsible, if any. Only a test for parasites can do this, and it takes checking 3 stool samples, because the parasites may not be present in every stool. See your doctor and get tested. ...Read more

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Dark brown loose stool. What does it mean and should I be worried?

Dark brown loose stool. What does it mean and should I be worried?

Possibly diarrhea: You have have diarrhea. Also you should always be concerned for possible blood in the stool. See you primary care asap. ...Read more

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Green loose stools, weight loss, just came back from South Asia vacation ?

Green loose stools, weight loss, just came back from South Asia vacation ?

Vacation: I think you should see your doctor fairly soon. If the delay is too long please go to the nearest Emergency Room for evaluation. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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