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Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

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

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Loose Stools (Definition)

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


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What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

Loose Stoold: Bowel infections caused by viruses, bacteria and certain parasites frequently cause loose stools. Viral gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, is a common cause of episodic diarrhea. See you GI doctor for help. ...Read more

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Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

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

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Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

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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Can your gallbladder give you loose stools? If so, what is recommended?

Gallbladder: Gallbladder problems not usually associated with diarrhea as the synptoms are more of a blocking of bile by stones in the gallbladder. Diarrhea can happen after gallbladder comes out ...Read more

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When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

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

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My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

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 more

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Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Change in stool: A change in the appearance of the stool warrants attention, even if you have seen no blood and have no pain. Suggest you see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests. Consider colonoscopy if you have not had one. ...Read more

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Had loose stools for over 3 weeks...i have to relieve myself after I eat daily.

Had loose stools for over 3 weeks...i have to relieve myself after I eat daily.

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

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Hi yesterday I had loose stools and I woke up this morning with lower right side pain?

Hi yesterday I had loose stools and I woke up this morning with lower right side pain?

Diarrhea with pain: Infectious diarrhea and other form of colitis can cause pain discomfort. If continued diarrhea or fevers or pain seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 40 and had a bad back for a few days and now I've got loose stools. Is this anything serious?

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

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

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

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I have had loose stools every morning for as long as I can remember. I am a 32 year old woman. Is this ok?

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

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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?

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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I've had loose stools for the past 15 years on a regular basis. Is there anything to worry about if I have a colonoscopy every five years?

Needs evaluation: Hopefully you have told the GI doctor who does your colonoscopies about this. If not, do so. This is not normal and should be investigated. Hope this is nothing serious. Good luck, . ...Read more

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I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

Doctor can evaluate: "loose stools" means different things to different people. "frequent" also has many meanings (some call once a week frequent; others once a day). So, a primary care doctor or a GI specialist will have to get the entire story and run some tests. If there is celiac disease, some soretof hormonal problem, a malabsorption of certain nutrients, etc... Then some long term problems might appear. ...Read more

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8mo old usually has loose stools. Last 3 days they have been firm, like playdoh, but not dry. Today she cried during every bm. What should I do?

8mo old usually has loose stools. Last 3 days they have been firm, like playdoh, but not dry. Today she cried during every bm. What should I do?

Increase fluids: Most important to intermittent constipation is to make sure the child is getting plenty of fluids. At 8 months, can add a few ounces of water to daily formula intake, and if stools are harder than normal, a few ounces of juice can be added from a cup as well. Don't get into habit of juice from a bottle. Add a little extra fiber into diet. If problem persists, talk to doc about what meds may help. ...Read more

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What's the dosage of econorm for adults? Should it be taken before food or after food? I'm suffering from loose stools since Wednesday. Not taking any

What's the dosage of econorm for adults? Should it be taken before food or after food? I'm suffering from loose stools since Wednesday. Not taking any

Uncertain: The benefit, and the dose, and the effect of food, are all speculative. If you have persistent loose stools, swallowing some yeast is not likely to help. To correct the condition requires that you first define the cause. You will need professional help for that. Many episodes of loose stools are brief and self contained. If that occurs in your case, be grateful it is gone and do not experiment wit ...Read more

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I've had diarrehea for over a week now, I went to the emergecy room test were ran and came back good. However I still have loose stools and it burns al?

I've had diarrehea for over a week now, I went to the emergecy room test were ran and came back good. However I still have loose stools and it burns al?

Diarrhea: If you had a viral intestinal infection stool tests would be negative and symptoms resolve within a week or so. If diarrhea lasts much longer stool is cultured for pathogens including bacteria, parasites and eggs. Avoid harsh roughage, drink adequate fluids and take kaopectate or Imodium temporarily. If symptoms persist much longer, see your physician or gastroenterologist for appropriate tests ...Read more

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My daughter is 22 she has been having loose stools for 4 days now but only once a day and she says it is brown in toilet but when she wipes yellowbrow?

My daughter is 22 she has been having loose stools for 4 days now but only once a day and she says it is brown in toilet but when she wipes yellowbrow?

Not diagnostic: Sounds like a temporary change. The color of stool to be concerned about is usually black, which may represent digested blood. An MD will determine where and what in your body is bleeding into your gut. With a lot of blood, it becomes black and tarry. ...Read more

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Loose stools for 2 weeks 2 weeks back, I was woken up by the need to go in the morning and the feeling is like I ate something wrong (mildly nauseous?

Loose stools for 2 weeks 2 weeks back, I was woken up by the need to go in the morning and the feeling is like I ate something wrong (mildly nauseous?

Loose stools: Diarrhea of this duration suggests a possible need for further history and study of the stools with culture, exams for ova and parasites, etc. Go and be seen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why am I having loose stools when eating salad?

Loose stools: You can get loose stools if your salad is contaminated. Also since salad is full of fiber, it can lead to loose stools. ...Read more

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It burns to poop and I have loose stools. Why could this be?

Rectal irritation: Frequent stools are either causing rectal irritation, hemorrhoids or a fissure. If the loose stool is transient, the problem should be limited. If the loose stools are chronic, you need to be evaluated for the cause.

Sitz baths with warm water and epsom salts may help the rectal burning. BRAT diet may help the loose stools (banana, rice apple sauce tea toast) ...Read more

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How to cure loose stools?

How to cure loose stools?

Chronic diarrhea??: Sounds like you have a case of chronic diarrhea. That can be caused by numerous things from infections to transient malabsorption syndromes to dietary problems. Why don't you make an appt with your doc and if he cannot help see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have loose stools everyday, why?

Get a check up: The possible causes are too many and thus beyond the capacity to answer on this forum. Please consult your physician to undergo a thorough physical examination and some lab test to get the correct diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does chocolate cause loose stools?

For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you may also have loose stools. ...Read more

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How often is it ok to have loose stools?

Question unclear: What do you mean by "loose"? Is this a change? It is seldom normal to have this happen unless something in diet or an organism or other inflammatory process is in progress. Generally these are self-limited and resolve in under 5-7 days. The daily frequency is also an issue. Be more specific in your question. Best. ...Read more

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Why do I get loose stools every time I eat?

Why do I get loose stools every time I eat?

Many reasons: Really hard to tell but common causes include ibs, celiac, ibd, bile salts, infectious or even dietary. ...Read more

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What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

Not always 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

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What to do about food in toddlers loose stools?

What to do about food in toddlers loose stools?

Poor digestion: The 'BRAT' diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and the like) are foods recommended during bouts of diarrhea because they help bind the stool and are easier to digest. ...Read more

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