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Not normal: Truly black diarrhea is never normal. Black, tarry, smelly stools can be caused by gastrointestinal bleeding. Other things that can make stool look black include iron supplements and pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) which some people take for diarrhea. If you think you might be bleeding, you should go to an emergency room. ...Read more
Food poisoning. Had nausea, cramps,fever, chills, and watery diarrhea (orange color) lasted 24hrs, 2 days later I am having smelly gas rumbling belly?
Probiotics: If symptoms has otherwise subsided, can consider a trial of probiotics (kefir that can be found in most supermarket would be fine or you can find fancier brands in Whole Food or natural health stores - try to get the ones in refrigerated section as they tend to contain higher live bacterial counts then the capsules kept at room temperature). Normal GI flora was disturbed by the gastroenteritis. ...Read more
Possible: best to see doctor and have the child checked. ...Read more
Can differen smells of bm indicate specific infections?Babys sick & has very foul smelling stool, now I feel sick & just passed bm w same foul smell ?
Yes & no: The smell of poop is related to the gasses produced by the bowel germs and the odor of digested debris. Various forms of diarrhea or stools tainted by antibiotics have some recognizable odors.However, they are not specific enough for firm diagnosis, just good speculation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?
Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabolism is being distorted. This disease can affect virtually any organ in the body because of its interference with energy synthesis. Stop sugar in all its various forms. ...Read more
Maybe: Gastroenteritis. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
5 days diarrhea, bug or food poisoning. Bleeds when I poo. Very gassy. Abdominal pain and chest pain. Out of country. Black poo but taking charcoal.
Diarrhea: Go see a local Dr; you may need antibiotics and an ECG ...Read more
Drove past/over skunk, smelled bad, nauseous, clothes smelled. Throat hurts, lungs feel irritated, can I catch illness from the scent? Is it toxic?
No: It's obnoxious and irritating but not dangerous. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: Sounds like food poisoning/gastroenteritis. Try to keep up with fluids (half Gatorade and half water) along with bland diet. Most of these things get better on their own; however, if vomiting and diarrhea persistsyou will need to see your doctor for tests and/or IV fluids. ...Read more
Digestive issues, frequent loose stools, diarrhea, fatigue, moody, orangish water in toilet, stool is often seedy, smells bad greasy appearing, ?
Almost Never: This problem is not related to to the immune system. Unless the feces is available to open skin wounds, there is generally no risk. 1 exception might be a urinary tract infection with fecal exposure to the penis or vagina and poor cleaning technique. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections.: Usually urine is sterile, so it is not often a problem. The stool, however, is loaded with many types of organisms. There are many illnesses, too many to list here, including bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections, which are spread by fecal contamination. All the more important reason to wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom! Good luck. ...Read more
Microorganisms: are the cause of sickness .. and the aerobic environment promotes bacterial reproduction. excess microorganisms cause sickness. ...Read more
Is it normal to develop green feces while taking Linzess? I was going once every one or two weeks; now every day and it is green but I'm not sick.
I’ve seen threads in my feces and lines is that worms? I’ve been having a nonstop appetite no matter how much I eat and been getting sick easily
Maybe: Worms are surprisingly common; consider getting a lab to test your stool for worms/parasites but labs often miss them so test could show a false negative. Papaya seeds are proven to work as well as any drug and safe even if no parasites so try taking 2 tbsp of them once a week for several weeks- either chew them (as you eat the fruit) or grind and add to smoothie. Get tested if symptoms persist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am doing a school project on MRSA I was wondering if a person caught it of the feces of animals on food how would they feel would they feel sick?
See answer: Most human MRSA infections occur by transmission from other infected humans. Although MRSA is found in cattle, pigs and chicken it is a different strain from the one that usually causes human disease. However people who work closely with livestock have become infected with skin lesions. Consumers have not contracted MRSA from eating infected animals. MRSA causes boils to occur on the skin. ...Read more
Embarrassing, but what could cause blue green feces? I do not feel sick at all. Could a sudden intake of more iron and zinc cause this?
Blue/green stool: Blue food coloring is a popular food additive, and when ingested in large quantities can make stools appear blue. Blue is not a pigment typically produced by the human GI tract. Blue is however the color of ingestable "indicator" dyes & that a hemoccult card will turn if blood is detected in stool (or it taking a lot of iron, as in your case)--is this to what you are referring? ...Read more
I was exposed/touched dog feces yesterday. Didn’t wash my hands for a while because I was out. Today I feel fine, still worried. Can I get sick ?
Toxocariasis by toxocara canis:
Humans are infected by ingestion of soil containing infective eggs of the parasite (round worm). Eggs of the parasite, however, are not infective immediately when shed in the feces, i.e. infective after 2-4 weeks in the environment, such as soil. ...Read more
Had to clean up some dog feces. While walking my dog. Accidentally touched my nose and lower lip little after. Can I get sick? I’m worried.
Doubt it: Doubt it You should thoroughly wash the areas but it’s unlikely that you’re going to get any type of infection from that ...Read more
After relief from constipation, my stomach swells and I get horrible feces smelling burps. I get really sick with stomach pains and nausea.
The doctor can help: One who has pain in various places in the abdomen, and is constipated, should work with her primary care doctor to get thoroughly "unconstipated". If her symptoms go away, and if the doctor does not suspect any bad disease going on, then the problem probably was constipation. The smell of feces in burps can mean that there is poop backed up all the way to the stomach. Doctor can examine again. ...Read more
65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago¬hing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.Lost faith in doc.Advise?
Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotics. Many early bowel obstructions within weeks of surgery resolve with conservative medical care. Call your surgeon or go to the hospital if you are feeling really sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let me explain: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool. As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes — changing the pigments from green to brown. ...Read more
I have had green stool for almost 3 months but I don't feel sick at all what should I be on the look out for or should I just let it go?
Ignore it: This is not well understood but never seems to cause problems. ...Read more
Been sick with cold took meds feel better but now stool has been runny and green for a few days is this normal and should I c doc if so when should I?
Vague: Could be the meds or some residual symptoms from your sickness. I would consider seeing a Dr. just to rule out other issues. ...Read more
Detox?: Not sure what the question means. However, if detoxifying the body (to include stool) this can lead to detoxificant side effects. ...Read more
Add fiber.: The first thing would be to increase the insoluble fiber in your diet, like bran or psyllium. Review your eating habits: the foods most commonly associated with loose stools are milk/ ice cream, fruits, salads/leafy greens when eaten to excess. Also moderate intake of caffeine and artificial sweeteners. Still having loose stools? See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: If these symptoms have been going on for this long, you have to be seen by your doctor, who will examine and test you to see what's wrong. ...Read more
My son is 3 he was constipated and he are sick with sinus and coutghing. hes stool are were the its normal but then next the stool are loose. can is b?
Too many issues: This is too many issues to consider them all related, or amenable to any specific intervention. You will likely benefit from having the kids doc evaluate him to sort it all out. ...Read more
Hospitalized 3 times in last 2 months with the symptoms from my last 2 posts here. Extensive blood, urine, & stool workup done. All tests neg. Still very sick. Will post all symptoms in next post.
Lots to consider...: Given the extensive nature of evaluation but persistent symptoms, several scenarios are possible: 1) you need further evaluation to identify missed pathology; 2) its time to take a break from testing & treat your symptoms (sounds like bad things have been ruled out already); 3) your symptoms may in part be "functional". In the latter case, please address stress, anxiety, depression. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer