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Is It Good For Your Poop To Sink Or Float
Im 16 yrs old. Why would I get floaters in both my eyes suddenly? My eye doc looked around really good and said I have healthy eyes, and wasnt worried
Usually normal: Most people notice the fibrils of collagen in the vitreous humor of the eye as floaters. Myodesopsia is normal and occurs because the fibrils cast a shadow on the retina. After a while, your brain ignores them, and they seem to disappear. They sometimes occur in certain eye diseases. See an eye doctor if you are concerned or if the floaters appear as many small dots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In between: Your stools should neither sink nor float. Floating stools can indicate that there is fat that is not absorbed by the body, or that there is excess gas produced by bacteria in the gut. Stools that sink rapidly can indicate that there are minerals that are not absorbed, or that the stool has been in the body for a long time and has no moisture. ...Read more
Is it a "good" thing if my feces sink in the toilet all the time? I used to think floating = well hydrated; just want to make sure I understand fully.
Not helpful: This is one more "pop" myth. Life and health-maintenance are difficult enough without superstitions. Floating stools are very rarely due to steatorrhea and if they are, you'll know something's bad-wrong already. Otherwise, it's a function of how many gas bubbles made it through to the end. It's of no real significance. ...Read more
Hi Docs, thanks for ur help and advice, sorry to ask u this, but is a healthy stool ment to sink or float in the toilet water. Thanks?
Most sink: Most will sink, but in specific diseases or type of food eaten they will float based on their density, amount of fat and gas. Malabsorbtion syndromes may result in partially digested food with some of the stool sinking and some floating. ...Read more
Gas usually, occ. fa: Floating stool is usually due to gas; occasionally poor absorption of fat leads to fatty, greasy, pale, foul-smelling, yellowish, floating stools; not normal. Fatty stools seen with pancreatic deficiency, some bowel problems, e.g. Celiac disease, ileal disease from crohn's, etc. ...Read more
Usually nothing: You'd get the idea from reading that floating stools mean malabsorption. If you actually have that, you'd know you're sick. Usually they float because of air bubbles -- and this just happens, or is from gum chewing or talking a lot or your particular mix of diet and bacteria or whatever. ...Read more
Male 25 complete good brown stool but floats
eating alot of pasta and quickly finishing food
sometimes not floating mostly floating liver check was ok?
Your diet: It all depends on what you are eating. If you are eating foods with lots of fiber (which is a good thing!), you feces will be more dense & sink. Floating stools can be caused by dietary fat or by an increase in gas from the normal bacteria that are in your gut. If you are not absorbing your food properly, the bacteria try to digest it & produce gas. See doc if not better for evaluation. ...Read more
How much, how long..: All depends on duration of, severity of symptoms, any associated symptoms, causative factors, etc. Floating stool usually filled with air/gas, not fat. See your doc to get examined. ...Read more
Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal
Floater or Sinker: The sinkability of stool depends on the amount of air/gas, not the amount of fat, although vary fatty stools will tend to float. Are you having any symptoms? What was the reason you had test to begin with? Of course, celiac disease needs to be ruled out, but dietary changes which affect the population of gas forming bacteria in the gut can also be in play. Your md will sort it out. ...Read more
The Norms of Life: Floating stool after a bowel movement often is a sign of too much fat in the recent diet or an infection or irritation of the colon so that not all of the food is being digested normally. Usually floating stool is temporary and normalizes quickly it is usually not a sign of disease. ...Read more
Mis-informed: "floating poop" is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas. You are correct in that diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more. ...Read more
I read that floating poop is a sign of illness, but mine always floats and always has floated. Is something wrong with me?
Could i possibly have some type of colitis? I don't feel good, have diarrhoea, poops bloody and stringy, I have real bad cramps
No studies, but..: I can't imagine why you would want to put someone's poop on your face. There is nothing magical about baby poop - it is body waste full of bacteria. There is nothing in it that is going to tighten up your face or fill in wrinkles, unless you count filling them in with poop. Talk to dermatologist or plastic surgeon if you are so in need of getting rid of those wrinkles that you would use this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer