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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
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
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
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
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