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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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Following drinking alcohol and when i drink water it gives me diarrhea, why?

Following drinking alcohol and when i drink water it gives me diarrhea, why?

Drinking and diarrhea: Diarrhea can be caused ethanol ingestion.Consumption of alcohol affects the body's capability to absorb water - after a heavy drinking session. The alcohol is absorbed in the intestines -the intestinal cells absorb it, the toxicity causes these cells to lose their ability to absorb water. This leads to an outpouring of fluid from the intestinal lining. Suggest to cut down. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor
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Does drinking alcohol cause loose stools?

Does drinking alcohol cause loose stools?

Alcohol malabsorptio: Diarrhea, weight loss and osteoporosis are prominent symptoms and clinical signs of alcoholism. One of several possible factors causing this clinical picture is small intestinal damage leading to malabsorption alcohol inhibits the breakdown of nutrients into usable molecules by decreasing secretion of digestive enzymes from the pancreas (2). Alcohol impairs nutrient absorption by damaging the cell. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Keep yourself well hydrated
Once
Don't take too many antidiarrheal meds, they can make condition worse
Once
if you don't improve within a couple of days, seek medical attention
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Everytime I drink alcohol, I end up with the worst diarrhea. What is giving me diarrhea?

Irritant: In general, alcohol can irritate the digestive system. Many people get diarrhea from drinking. The more a person drinks, the worse it can get. You should discuss with your doctor to get specific information relevant to you. For example, do you have an underlying medical condition which makes it more likely that you'll get diarrhea from drinking alcohol? Could you be drinking too much, etc? ...Read more

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Why do I get diharrea after drinking alcohol?

Why do I get diharrea after drinking alcohol?

Irritable bowel ??: Alcohol can stimulate irritable bowel symptoms of diarrhea. This could also be due to an allergic reaction. Best to see your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Replace lost fluid, ounce for ounce
Hourly
Make sure you're urinating
once
Don't drink high-sugar drinks
once
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Why is it that after every time I drink alcohol, I get diarrhea?

How much do u drink: Alcohol can cause diarrhea, affects motility of bowel, can affect absorption. Patients with celiac sprue can get diarrhea after drinking beer (malt-barleyor wheat is the issue), other spirits (rye, whiskey, vodka) controversial, but may aggravate sprue. ...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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