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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Can you feel fine and have giardia? The only symptoms I have are loose stools and weight loss

Can you feel fine and have giardia? The only symptoms I have are loose stools and weight loss

Yes: Yes. Giardia is a parasite that is confined to the bowels. Systemic symptoms such as lethargy and weakness can occur as you become dehydrated and depleted of electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium, or malnourished. Some people have no symptoms whatsoever, not even diarrhea. ...Read more

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Does green loose stools associate with giardia? I feel fine and have been losing weight also have stomach pains and stomach growling.

Does green loose stools associate with giardia?  I feel fine and have been losing weight also have stomach pains and stomach growling.

Possible: Any prolonged case of diarrhea or change in bowel habits warrants an exam and possible also testing your stool for infection which would include giardia along with many other infectious causes. I would also mention your weight loss and abdominal pain to your MD when you get evaluated. ...Read more

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Dear sir, iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicate.

Dear sir, iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicate.

Change in stools: Amount, color, frequency, texture of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, ; other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, ; the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Took my daughter to triage, they said its nothing to worry about, but that's been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour, not right?

Took my daughter to triage, they said its nothing to worry about, but that's been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour, not right?

Need much more: You don't mention your daughters age, general health, or any other symptoms she is having. Has she had vomiting, fever, pain? Has she been seen by a doctor at all yet? With only knowing she has had diarrhea for 2 weeks, would say monitor diet to include high protein, low dairy, no simple sugars and lots of water. Would recommend evaluation if this has gone on two weeks already. ...Read more

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On vanc. Now for c diff. 2nd day on it. Still, loose stools. How long till improvement with stool? Also, my stool is soft green look. Wipe its yellow

On vanc. Now for c diff. 2nd day on it. Still, loose stools. How long till improvement with stool? Also, my stool is soft green look. Wipe its yellow

See below: The diarrhea usually improvs after 3-4 days of treatment but you need to complete the full 14-day treatment course. I would also recommend probiotic treatment with vsl#3 and florastor 1 capsule of each 2 time a day for 30 days. Note there is a 25% relase rate that necessitates retreatment. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 40 and scared I've got panceatic cancer I've had loose stools on and off for about 6 weeks and now there yellow I also drink alcholo a lot?

Hi I'm 40 and scared I've got panceatic cancer I've had loose stools on and off for about 6 weeks and now there yellow I also drink alcholo a lot?

Pancreatitis: The story of loose yellowish stools is sign of steatorrhea. Here there is no pancreatic juice function to dissolve and absorb fat that can be measured by radioactive triolein. Also, here is obstruction of bile duct. Steatorrhera not common with pancreatic Ca. More ilkely pancreatitis from common duct stone. Need ERCPand bx of pancreas duct and CAT scan of abdomen. ...Read more

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My one year old daughter has had whole cow's milk for about 3 weeks now. The past 4 days she has had 3-4 yellow loose stools. Could she be allergic?

My one year old daughter has had whole cow's milk for about 3 weeks now. The past 4 days she has had 3-4 yellow loose stools. Could she be allergic?

Need to see a doctor: It could be lactose intolerance. You could stop using it and see if symptom resolve. If symptom persist you better bring your daughter to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when I go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should i be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when I go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should i be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

I : I would call your doctor. The green stools may not be such a big deal because that can occur when feces transits too quickly through the colon. It prevents bile from be adequately metabolised and thus the feces do not from green to their characteristic brown colored. This is usually wet or liquid. However, the yellow stools could be from an absence of bile salts (liver, gallbladder or common bile duct). I would let you doctor know, as it is likely that he or she might want to see you sooner. ...Read more

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Stomach cramps and diarhea for 4 days. Creamy yellow oily loose stools. What does this mean?

Stomach cramps and diarhea for 4 days. Creamy yellow oily loose stools. What does this mean?

Sounds like: A fat malabsorbtion problem which can be associated with a number of enteric viral infections! Check with your Primary Medical Care Provider if symtoms persist! In the meantime avoid fatty foods!!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Am recovering from another Diverticulitis infection w/ UTI as well. This is 3rd UTI since Oct. Have had yellow loose stools. See a urologist? Thnx!

Am recovering from another Diverticulitis infection w/ UTI as well.  This is 3rd UTI since Oct. Have had yellow loose stools. See a urologist? Thnx!

Question for you?: Is the UTI with the same/recurrent bacteria, and is the bacteria found in your urine native to the gut? If so, could you have a diverticular fistula to the bladder? Might want to check this possibility out-- ...Read more

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My baby is spitting up yellowed mucus, has seedy yellow loose stools, sounds congested, and is crying a lot. What's wrong with her? No fever.

My baby is spitting up yellowed mucus, has seedy yellow loose stools, sounds congested, and is crying a lot. What's wrong with her? No fever.

Need more info: Do not know the age of the baby, what other symptoms may be present, whether she is feeding appropriately, sleeping too much, irritable, or other vital info. Strongly suggest that you take her asap and be seen by a doctor to make certain nothing serious is going on, or at least call and speak with a pediatrician. ...Read more

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How to get rid of fishy smelling diarrhea?

How to get rid of fishy smelling diarrhea?

PMD: Get stool examined and cultured. That will pin point the treatment. Usual cause amebiasis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing diarrhea which smells fishy I drink alot of coke cola can this be causing problem?

I am experiencing diarrhea which smells fishy I drink alot of coke cola can this be causing problem?

Diarrhea: If the diarrhea is only a few days old, it may be due to some food reaction or an intestinal tract viral infection. Both resolve in a few days with avoidance of harsh roughage, intake of adequate fluids and taking kaopectate to control diarrhea. The odor is nonspecific. If you're having chronic diarrhea, then see your physician or gastroenterologist for testing. Possible Gluten or lactose intolera ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had 3 diarrhea poops in the past 2 hours. The last one I noticed a fishy smell. She is fine otherwise and ate a good breakfast.

My 3 year old has had 3 diarrhea poops in the past 2 hours. The last one I noticed a fishy smell. She is fine otherwise and ate a good breakfast.

Diarrhea: If no fever and tolerating fluids that should be sufficient. Most diarrheal illnesses last no more than 2 days. If vomiting, fever or decreased URINE output get checked. ...Read more

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Stomach pain, fatty light fishy smelling diarrhea and nausea?

Stomach pain, fatty light fishy smelling diarrhea and nausea?

Without further: information such as +/- fever, +/- sore throat, +/- body aches, +/- fatigue or low energy, +/- previous surgery or history of bowel obstruction or appendicitis, I would think if those are all negative you are probably looking at either food poisoning or viral infection causing these symptoms. Of course, addition of any or all above factors will change the diagnosis. Water intake is most importan ...Read more

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I have had extreme diarrhea for 3 days. When I wipe it has a fishy smell and is somewhat oily. I have severe stomach cramps. What is wrong?

I have had extreme diarrhea for 3 days. When I wipe it has a fishy smell and is somewhat oily. I have severe stomach cramps. What is wrong?

Get stool tested: It could just be a bad case of gastroenteritis but since it's been going on for 3 days, I would advise you talk to your doctor and get stool tested to exclude infection. ...Read more

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I've had orange diarrhea and have just gotten off of antibiotics for a hand infection. Also, mucus when I wipe, orange and fishy smelling. Gas as well.

I've had orange diarrhea and have just gotten off of antibiotics for a hand infection. Also, mucus when I wipe, orange and fishy smelling. Gas as well.

Below: Many patients will have GI changes with antibiotics.
Suggest waiting for about 3 days after finishing the antibiotic, if still having problems, then call you DR with report

If any fever, or abd pain, then you should be seen. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for yellow bloody dirrihea?

Should I go to the ER for yellow bloody dirrihea?

See a doctor: If you have fever, feeling sick, and dizzy go to er, but if you do not feel very sick, you can see an urgent care tomorrow. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had 3 boughts of yellow diarreah this winter and is now on her 4th time... Reoccuring rotovirus?

My 3 year old has had 3 boughts of yellow diarreah this winter and is now on her 4th time... Reoccuring rotovirus?

Not likely: There are many viruses besides rotavirus that affect the intestines and can cause the type of diarrhea you describe. It is much more likely that she has had a series of infections with different intestinal viruses than that she has had recurrent rotavirus. ...Read more

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My two year old son has been having diarrhoea for the past two days. Which is sometimes yellow dark brown or green and mucous... What sshould I do?

Diarrhea: I wouldn't particularly worry about the color of your childs stool unless it is bloody. Keep him on a bland diet, nothing greasy or fried. No milk product or juice. Use electrolyte replacement fluids to prevent dehydration and vomiting. ...Read more

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I've has diahrrea for 48 hours. Since everything substantial left my system it has mainly been liquid. This liquid is kind of flourescent yellow green?

I've has diahrrea for 48 hours. Since everything substantial left my system it has mainly been liquid. This liquid is kind of flourescent yellow green?

Diarrhea: You must make sure you don't get dehydrated and drink plenty of electrolyte drinks as gatorade. If this persists much longer, you must seek medical attention to rule out a bacterial gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Orange/yellow diarrhoea and feel unwell?

Time to see your doc: Orange/yellow diarrhea may be reflective of what you have eaten but if feeling unwell, it is tome to see your doctor. It may mean that you have blood in the stool from that you are bleeding, having a bacterial/parasitic infection or you have some type of inflammatory bowel disorder. If you have a fever, you should see your doctor immediately; you will need stool cultures, ova test & a c. Diff test. ...Read more

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8 months old, yellow dierrhea and temp of 37.4 – 37.6 within 2 days?

8 months old, yellow dierrhea and temp of 37.4 – 37.6 within 2 days?

Diarrhea: Keep the baby o rice cereal, apple banana, no milk or formula for 24 hours, give pedialyte instead as tolerated, keep the baby hydrated & control the fever with Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed, progress back to regular diet gradually, if getting worse or fever increased, or seems weak take the baby to your pediatrician or ER. good luck ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Giardia (Definition)

A parasitic disease caused by Giardia lamblia. About 10% of those infected have no symptoms. When symptoms occur they may include diarrhea, abdominal ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more