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How Zinc Changes Color Of Stool
My 6mo daughter havin loose motion since days. Greenish, bubbles. Stool report shows pus cells 10-12. started cefixim 3ml bd n zinc gluconate 1.5ml?
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
Typically: Consistency of input affects consistency of output. Irregular intake of fiber containing foods, spicy foods, fluids, physical activity, hormonal status, medications, various carbohydrates, fat, type of protein, etc. Affect bowel frequency, consistency of stool, associated symptoms like gas. ...Read more
Oh yes: The same neurotransmiiters and receptors in the brain (serotonin, Dopamine and others) also occur in the gut. Some people get loose stools with anxiety, or frequent stools, some get constipated (more common with depression); "butterflies in the stomach", being "scared -----" show the effects of mental state on gut function. ...Read more
Add fiber: See doctor if not clearing over a week or if you see blood. ...Read more
Lot of possibilities: Diet changes would be the most common cause, other possibilities would be lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, problems with your pancreas, or an intestinal infection. Give it some time and notice any pattern with your diet or any exposures to others with diarrhea, if it doesn't get better in a week or so, or if you have fever, pain, or dizziness, see a doctor. ...Read more
I have had changes in stool color and consistency over the past several months what can this mean?
My stool's shape has change for the last month. It loos like a snake. Do I need to get a colonoscopy?
Stool shape: There are many variables which can affect the size and shape of stool, including the diet, state of physical hydration or dehydration, associated bowel health or disease, and many others. COnsideration for colonoscopy is made when there are concerns of underlying bowel diseases or tumors. A screening colonoscopy would be indicated if these are discovered by history or on exam ...Read more
For the past 2 months I haven't had a solid stool. There are no changes in my diet nor any sickness?
I started weight watchers this week and I noticed my stool is a clay color. Could this be due to a change in diet?
Yes, possibly: The change you see in the color of your stool could be from your new healthier eating choices. I would not worry, though, since this color does not represent any health risk, and better eating is certainly a plus. Congratulations! Hope that helps. ...Read more
What can cause stools to change to a very dark (almost black but not quite) brown color. No pain or blood, not tarry.
Food& Bile determine: 20 y/o Male asks What can cause stools to change to very dark (almost black but not quite) brown color. No pain or blood, not tarry. Stool colors are mostly determined by the Food one eats & the amount of Bile secreted into the Gut for the Digestion. Since this is not bloody or tarry focus will be on much green vegetables, Iron Supplements, digestives like Pepto-Bismol or sweets like Black Licorice ...Read more
Its been about a month that ive started having a paste consistency stool and I haven't changed the way I eat in any way, is it normal?
Brown stringy stool with mucus. No pain and no changes in diet or anything. Day 2 that I've noticed it. What could it be? I'm very scared
Sometimes the bowels get upset. Need more information, Age, part of world, other meds, diseases.
Usually bowel consistency changes with diet. Have you eaten differently? Any seafood? Shellfish? Water contamination, out of country?
Need more information.
Probiotics by mouth at the pharmacy are useful for getting the gut back on tract after a normal doctor exam. ...Read more
I've had problems w/ hard stools for a few years now & even when I changed up diet, it persisted but I don't chew my food all the way, could that be y?
I don't think so...: Chronic constipation can be managed with diet and medications. Low residue foods can cause hard stools. I would suggest, at least 64 oz. Water per day, dried apricots 6 halves, with lunch everyday until regulated. Alternatively a packet of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in the am as part of a balanced breakfast. The other aspect to remember is to make a concerted effort to stool daily when the urge moves you-don't wait. ...Read more
My stool has changed its consistensy twice this month. It has never changed before that I remember but first it changed to small roundish pieces. Then after about a week it changed to long thin pieces. It is now back to normal but why did this happen?
Stool consistency changes depending on a variety of factors, usually dietary, but also can be influenced by things like gastrointestinal infections, medications and stress. Normal stool consistency should be semisolid; it is somewhat like toothpaste: neither hard nor very liquid. This normal stool consistency implies that the eating habits and the digestive system are in harmony. An experienced physician can analyze dietary habits and bowel health by looking at the stool. Apart from stool consistency, there are various other characteristics like color, smell, and mass of feces used to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy stools. The ease or difficulty with which one passes feces can also illustrate whether a person is healthy.
Stool consistency can be hard, semisolid, or liquid. Hard stool consistency signifies inadequate water intake; it might tell that the diet is deficient in fruits and vegetables (fiber). This condition, called constipation, slows down bowel movement, resulting in feces staying inside the body for a long time and ultimately becoming hard. Hard feces may also come out as pencil thin stools and pellet like stools. You need to balance fluid intake with fiber intake. ...Read more
Many reasons: Many potential causes : infectious (ie bacterial, parasitic or viral), hepatitis (ie a, b or c). Also dietary changes can alter your stool. I would seek a full eval from your primary care physician or GI specialist. ...Read more
For the last three weeks now my stool texture and color has changed. Stool seems to not be well formed and soft and dark?
Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.
This can happen. Usually due to changes in diet. If you are consistently taking a fiber supplement, then less likely. You should consider regular fiber in the diet and more water intake.
It's best to discuss significant changes with your physician. May want to consider colonoscopy if you are adult age. ...Read more
Embarrassing question but what could cause green maybe green blue areas in my normal colored stool. No diet change. 3 days in a row.
See answer: The vast major of green and blue discolorations of one's stool are related to diet and not disease. Green (blue+yellow =green)poop can be seen with excess green leafy vegetables (chlorophyll), excess iron, artificial food dyes (ice cream, cake frosting, liquorice candy, etc). Less often by excess bile. Blue poop most often also related to food dyes (e.g. Blue curaçao, grape soda). Re-evaluate diet. ...Read more
Stool: Antibiotics may affect the color and character of stools because not only do they affect the "bad" bacteria the doctor may be treating you for, it also affects the "good" bacteria that are residents in our gastrointestinal system. This may change the make up of those bacteria and lead to different digestion patterns, causing changes in stool. ...Read more
Lots of things can: The amount, color, frequency 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 please. ...Read more
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