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What does fibre in stool look like? Does it look like strings?

What does fibre in stool look like? Does it look like strings?

Stool quality: You won't see fiber in human stool per se, it will just be bulky and pass out easily when you have enough fiber in your diet. 25-30 grams/day is the target for adults. ...Read more

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I've had small white strings in my stool for 2+ weeks now. They are very short and very thin. Are these worms?

Could be worms.: Please visit your physician to obtain materials to give a stool sample for ova and parasites to find out. You can also bring one or more in a ziplock bag to show the physician. There are some things that are not well-digested that pass through into stool and give unusual appearances. Have you eaten anything different for the last 2 weeks? ...Read more

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String pieces in stool, eat a lot of fibre, stool test negative-strings hard to break apart, worried. Could this be worms? Haven't been at risk?

Stool changes: I would recommend that you get evaluated by your primary physician and then gastroenterologist. The stool will need to be tested for any infection but likely a GI specialist will recommend endoscopy to see if internally anything is affecting the stool
hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have been noticing long brown strings in my stool and today, light brown soft looking part in my stool while the rest of it is hard. Worried that t?

I have been noticing long brown strings in my stool and today, light brown soft looking part in my stool while the rest of it is hard. Worried that t?

Any symptoms?: Do you have any symptoms? Have you had unintended weight loss? If the answer to both questions is no, do not be concerned. What you seeing are likely undigested food residue.
Wish you 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Why does Metamucil make me stool kind of "stringy like"at times. Kind of strings together, I thought this would "soften" not be like icky silly putty?

Why does Metamucil make me stool kind of "stringy like"at times. Kind of strings together, I thought this would "soften" not be like icky silly putty?

Stringy stool: Stringy stool is a symptom with many causes, benign and not so benign. Metamucil itself doesn't usually cause stringy stool, but it may have unmasked this symptom. If it is pencil like and persists more than two weeks it may be a sign of luminal (phenobarbital) obstruction. Flat ribbon like stools can be seen in irritable bowel syndrome. If it persists, it should be evaluated further by your doctor. ...Read more

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I noticed something that looked like small strings in my stool today. This is the first time I've seen them. Parasites?

I noticed something that looked like small strings in my stool today. This is the first time I've seen them. Parasites?

Stool: It is unlikely that the things that you see in your stool are due to parasites, but the only way to know for sure is to send a stool sample to the lab. If they persist, you should see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have multiple ova and parasite tests done and they all came back negative. My stool is covered in strings. What could be the cause.

I have multiple ova and parasite tests done and they all came back negative. My stool is covered in strings. What could be the cause.

Food fibers: If you do not have symptoms, do not obsess about the "strings".
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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Been passing small strings of mucus for 4 days. No stool was present for 3 days. Lots of urgency but just mucus. Diet is clean & LUQ pain. Why?

Been passing small strings of mucus for 4 days. No stool was present for 3 days. Lots of urgency but just mucus. Diet is clean & LUQ pain. Why?

If no better soon>Dr: Assuming you haven't had any previous chronic bowl problems it's possible you may have a mild viral gastroenteritis. But that might not explain your LUQ pain. If the problem doesn't resolve over the next few days (I hope it does), or if the pain is significant, you need to be seen by a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between mucus strings and parasites/worms in stool?

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Microscope: You can always check to see if they move by themselves, but the best way would be to have a professional lab evaluate to see. They can not only determine if it is a parasite/worm, but what type it is. This is important to know what treatment would be. ...Read more

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Recently have had tiny black specks in stool now have tiny black strings in stool. Have been drinking warm lemon water and eating yoghurt?

Recently have had tiny black specks in stool now have tiny black strings in stool. Have been drinking warm lemon water and eating yoghurt?

See a GI specialist: What you could be seeing is blood in your stools. I would see a gastrointestinal specialist asap, to make sure there is no bleeding ulcers in your stomach. In the meantime, I suggest stopping the lemon water and any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as advil, aleve, (naproxen) motrin, ibruprofen, goody, or bc powder which can worsen bleeding. ...Read more

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Suffer from IBS past 3 months had strangest stools undigested food, strings, wormy looking mucous, I don't believe I can be this infestd 4 it 2 b worms?

Suffer from IBS past 3 months had strangest stools undigested food, strings, wormy looking mucous, I don't believe I can be this infestd 4 it 2 b worms?

Malabsorption: Food not being absorbed properly. Should see primary care doctor for them to get a good history, physical exam, likely order stool studies, and some blood work. May also require a upper and lower endoscopy to look at stomach and colon. Worms possibility go's up if u have been in developing countries. Simple things u can try is to avoid milk products to see if lactose free diet makes it better. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and I experience both a heavy mucus stool and often brown long strings as well. I suspect that I have a parasite but when the st?

I have diverticulitis and I experience both a heavy mucus stool and often brown long strings as well. I suspect that I have a parasite but when the st?

It is unlikely that: You have a parasite unless you have been traveling out of the country recently. It would be best to see a health care professional for an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a question regarding parasites. Pulled a string out anus about 4 inches long. Went to doctor did stool test, more strings in that. Need answr?

Round worms?: Sounds like ascariasis, especially if white and round. Your doctor will let you know the results of the stool test and prescribe antihelminthic treatment based on the identity of the worms. ...Read more

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Treated for infected lymphnode due to large welt-like bites. Now having semi loose stool with long white strings. Any ideas if they could be related?

Treated for infected lymphnode due to large welt-like bites. Now having semi loose stool with long white strings. Any ideas if they could be related?

Yes: You may be having anti-biotic associated diarrhea where the normal bacteria of the gut are killed by the anit-biotic intended to help you. Most people get by but if there is worsening, blood, belly pain or fever seek immediate medical help. Otherwise live culture yogurt or "probiotics may help. ...Read more

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Loose stool ibs-tiny light strings in there not moving. Took Vermox numerous times. Can lactose intolerance cause his? Had sigmoidoscopy last week

Loose stool ibs-tiny light strings in there not moving. Took Vermox numerous times. Can lactose intolerance cause his? Had sigmoidoscopy last week

Stringy material: Some of what looks like strings in poo is just vegetative matter that the gut cannot digest, Leafy salads, celery, and other vegetables may have enough cellulose debris to appear like strings. Pin worms do not cause symptoms beyond the anal itching.This is a reaction to the glue laid down with eggs. Lactose intolerance, reactions to food dyes (#40 RED) or gluten often aggravate IBS. ...Read more

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Should I have my fibrous tumors took out?

Should I have my fibrous tumors took out?

Symptoms?: Assymptomatic fibroids can be treated, but why? Are you having any symptoms? ...Read more

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Why is my stool green?

Why is my stool green?

Likely: Eating anything could affect the color and character of your stools. ...Read more

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What causes thin stool?

What causes thin stool?

Usually: Something in the lower colon or rectum would be the cause, either stricture, tumor or hemorrhoids. Any change in caliber of stools needs to be evaluated by a colorectal surgeon, sooner rather than later. Some type of scoping depending on your history would be the next step. ...Read more

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Why is my stool so dark?

Several possibilitie: Stool can be dark from iron pills pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or foods like spinach. Black tarry stools may indicate bleeding from the stomach area and should be checked right away. ...Read more

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Darker than normal stool.

Depends: If melena (black, tarry) this may represent bleeding. Otherwise likely a consequence of what you consumed. ...Read more

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How I do soften my stools?

How I do soften my stools?

Stool softener/fiber: First, be sure you are staying well-hydrated with a good intake of water or other fluids. Adequate fiber in the diet is also important to keeping the stool soft. If these things are not enough then a stool softener such as docusate sodium can be used. ...Read more

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What makes your stool green?

What makes your stool green?

Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more

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Which colour stool is normal?

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