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Can't digest food. Instant bloating, gas w/foul odor, loose or soft stool. Not one particular food causes it. Prone to yeast infec. Why? How to help?

Can't digest food. Instant bloating, gas w/foul  odor, loose or soft stool. Not one particular food causes it. Prone to yeast infec. Why? How to help?

See a GI doctor: You need to be examined and perhaps undergo stool examinations and endoscopy. This sounds serious and you should not wait long before seeing somebody. Good luck and get better. ...Read more

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How do I stop myself from having soft stools and a stinky odor to them?

How do I stop myself from having soft stools and a stinky odor to them?

Diet related: The consistency of your stools has a lot to do with what you eat. If you eat more foods that are fermentable, gas is produced, colonic bacteria are fed, they produce free fatty acids, and your stools are softer with a characteristic odor. You can't make your poop smell like roses, but you can avoid foods with sorbitol and fructose, beans, broccoli and cauliflower. ...Read more

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Fishy odor in stool mucus?

Fishy odor in stool mucus?

Not unusal: This is probably due to a change in diet or because your body has some element that it needs to get rid of. If you have other symptoms or this would become worse you need to see your primary care person. ...Read more

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I have several vitamin deficienices and always have nonformed stools that have a very bad odor.What is wrong?

I have several vitamin deficienices and always have nonformed stools that have a very bad odor.What is wrong?

Malabsorption: If the vitamin deficiencies have been made by a reputable lab / practitioner (there are charlatans) and you have unformed malodorous stools, then you have malabsorption until proved otherwise. You need to be worked up for celiac disease, whipple's, and a few others. Please get with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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My dr wanted me to take a stool sample and when i did it was tar black, had a sour odor and mucus on it. What does that mean? Should i be worried?

Need for evaluation: Your description suggests bleeding in the intestine and it needs to be investigated. You may need a colonoscopy for proper evaluation. Do follow your doctor's instructions for follow-up testing and care. ...Read more

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Started smelling sweet odor in the bathroom weeks ago. At first thought it urine, but now i've realized stool and rectal mucus also sweet. What?

Started smelling sweet odor in the bathroom weeks ago. At first thought it urine, but now i've realized stool and rectal mucus also sweet. What?

Check Blood Sugar: The sweet smell you are describing can be worrisome for ketoacidosis. A finding that can occur in diabetics. While this is not clearly the diagnosis, you should see a physician as soon as possible to have blood work checked. ...Read more

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What causes white dot fluffy mucus and lots of bright red blood in a dark runny stool with a very foul odor?

What causes white dot fluffy mucus and lots of bright red blood in a dark runny stool with a very foul odor?

Bloody stools: You need to go and see a GI doctor asap. Bleeding from the colon can be due to cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, a variety of infectious agents and none of these should be left untreated. Go and see someone before you become severely ill. ...Read more