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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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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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Is dark brown diarrhea normal since i'm on iron supplements?

Is dark brown diarrhea normal since i'm on iron supplements?

Can be: Can depend on the type of iron supplement; can cause diarrhea or constipation, can cause dark or black stools. Symptoms can be helped by taking with food. Any question, call your doc. ...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
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if you don't improve within a couple of days, seek medical attention
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I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

Talk to your Dr: 1) Your doctor can check antibody levels as a surrogate to celiac disease activity. If they are up you may be eating gluten in hidden items (for example if something is fried in oil that also fired wheat containing food). 2) Another consideration is small bacterial overgrowth. Talk to your doctor to see if this fits. 3) Alternatively you may be in the rare group who are refractory to the diet. ...Read more

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I have an RBC count of 5 million but i have iron deficiency cz the cells are small, absorb v.little iron.But i get diarrhea if i take any iron supplem?

I have an RBC count of 5 million but i have iron deficiency cz the cells are small, absorb v.little iron.But i get diarrhea if i take any iron supplem?

No: You have thalasemia. A high RBC count with small cells cofnrims the diagnosis. You need to be very careful with iron intake as patietns with thalasemia states are prone to iron overload. ...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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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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