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Is Loose Stool The Same As Diarrhea
No: Usually travelers diarrhea i.e. Montezumas revenge is caused by e.Coli a different strain of bacteria. We all have e.Coli in our GI tract. Giardia is a parasite found in freshwater streams that can cause diarrhea, but is much less common than e.Coli infection. Special stains or endoscopy can be used to show if giardia is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Define "Diarrhea": Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness/pain. ...Read more
Similarities are: only that the 2 conditions occur in the gi tract and they are both inflammatory conditions. That is where similarity ends. Gastroenteritis is usually an infection that mainly affects the mucosa or inner lining. Diverticulitis is an infection that happens in an outpouching of the intestine, usually colon. Stomach flu is a form of viral gastroenteritis. ...Read more
Yes: GI bleeding is when you are bleeding anywhere in the inside of your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to anus. ...Read more
Is it normal to have orange and green stool on the same strand of stool and mucus all around it with undigested food?
Is It possible for pinworms to live in hard constipation stools? Or are they only present in soft runny stool?
Is frequent diarreah and loose stools a sign of worms? Is it true that everbody in the world has worms. Help.
Many possibilities: Diarrhea has many causes. Infectious causes include bacteria, parasites and viruses. Antibiotics for an unrelated infection can cause clostridium difficile infection which needs treatment with Metronidazole or oral vancomycin. Not all diarrhea is due to an infection. Other causes include lactose intolerance, sorbitol, crohns, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a lack of insoluble fiber in diet for almost 8 months cause thin stools? And is a mushy but still formed stool considered loose or normal stool?
How do you define diarrhea, is it bowel movement consistency or frequency? Is one lose stool bowel movement diarrhea?
Colostomy output is hard, formed pieces of stool mixed with very soft stool coming out at the same time. Getting fiber and fluids. Possible causes?
Mom (72) is taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for constipation. Her stool is now easily eliminated but is floating. Is the floating a result of the Miralax (polyethylene glycol)?
No: Floating stool is usually related to the fat content of the eliminated stool. ...Read more
Hi: my baby is screaming with each bowel movement. He is nursing/on formula. The poop is a combination of solid thick and also loose like diarrhea.Thx?
Babies cry when...: ...They poop. They also sometimes turn red and grunt. They need to learn to use their stomach muscles to push out the poop, just like they need to learn to use their arms and their legs. If the poop is coming out soft, they will be ok. If the poop is hard like little pebbles, , your baby is constipated. See your doctor for age appropriate advice. ...Read more
Cyclosporine for liver.Diarrhea for 2 days How much is the absorption in the gastrointestinal tract? Do I have all the concentration,or loose in Stool
Somewhat: While you have diahrrea you will be absorbing less of the medicine but you still may be absorbing enough. You should speak to your prescribing doc and tell him what's happening and if appropriate he can alter the dose. You have to keep in touch. No telepathic communication. Only real! ...Read more
Every morning loose stool which is shortly followed with 1 episode of watery diarrhea. Stomach grumbles through day but no movement. What is this?
Is it possible for gallbladder removal to cause extra mucus in stool, including with solid stools too?
Cholecystectomy: Although it is certainly possible to develop a loose stools for a while after cholecystectomy, it is not usual to develop any mucus with the stool. Occasionally when someone receives antibiotics, however, they can develop an infection in the colon which can result in mucus in the stool. Otherwise, there is no reason to have excess mucus after gallbladder removal. Good luck. ...Read more
What are white patches in stools? Has just happened the last two bowel movements. The only change in meds is using preparation h suppositories.
1yr boy passes watery loose stool once in the morning n 1 in evening which is soft in consistency, he had diner around 9pm, cause of morning stool?
Depends: If your child has only had a watery stool once or twice in a day, and it isn't a frequent occurrence, there is no real concern. Different foods, changes in appetite, changes in digestion can cause this once in a while. If your child is having >4-5 watery stools/day on a regular basis, he should see a doctor. ...Read more
I'll go between soft loose green stool. To constipation. Then sometimes just mucus. Not much. When i'm constipated. Is this symptoms of ibs?
Traveller's diarrhea: Food borne illness is when you eat food that makes you sick. Outbreaks may involve bacteria (salmonella, shigella, c.Perfringens, c.Botulinum, b.Cereus, v.Parahaemolyticus, campylobacter, staph aureus), virus (norwalk, hepatitis a), chemical (ciguatoxin, scobrotoxin, mushrooms, heavy metals), water contamination (giardia, s.Typhi), others. Watch out for "traveller's diarrhea" (especially etec). ...Read more
Check ingredients...: If your multivitamin is high in magnesium, you're getting a laxative effect equivalent to taking milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Alternatively, some pill vehicles can cause loose stool, even if the pill ingredients do not. In any case, stop taking the supplement & if diarrhea persists, another cause must be sought. ...Read more
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
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Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening. ...Read more
Loose stools: Depends on the age and the babie's diet, and sometimes the mother's diet. In many circumstances loose stools can be normal. Has there been a change in diet or a change in formula? Is the baby growing normally or not. If the problem persists without a good explaination of the cause, then discuss this with the babi's doctor to determine whether or not an examination is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Too long: I am sorry, you must feel uncomfortable. 3 weeks is a bit too long to say just a viral infection and I would try to have some stool studies done to see if you have an infection. If that is ruled out then other exams may need to be done. In the mean time, it cannot hurt to take some acidophilus tablets to help replace your gut with the "good bacteria". You can get these in any pharmacy. ...Read more
Hi I'm 40 and had a bad back for a few days and now I've got loose stools. Is this anything serious?
Probably not serious: It's only serious if the loose stools are the cause of the "bad back". In other words, if you have a bowel condition that is causing back pain, then it would be best to have it looked into. If on the other hand, you have had episodes of back pain in the past, and now you have loose stools, the two conditions are probably unrelated. ...Read more
Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?
Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more
I have had loose stools every morning for as long as I can remember. I am a 32 year old woman. Is this ok?
Loose stool: Consider evaluation for food intolerances gluten, milk soy,( can avoid these food for a week and see what happens) or pancreatic insufficiency ( do you get frequent bronchitis - may be a form of cystic fibrosis) or H pylori gastritis which ca nbe diagnosed via blood test of breath test. Would also check thyroid f/u /w/ doc ...Read more
I am a 57 year old male and for over 6 months i have/am having the runs or very loose stools and wonder if that could be normal?
Not usually: Whenever you have a drastic change in bowel habits that persist- it is important to be evaluated. There are certain infections, inflammation of bowel or conditions like celiac disease that can cause these types of symptoms. Increasing the fiber in your diet may add bulk- but you need eva by doctor. ...Read more
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