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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Overview)

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, drug side effects, etc...


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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Overview)

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, drug side effects, etc...


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Do loose stools mean a guaranteed end of constipation?

Do loose stools mean a guaranteed end of constipation?

Not necessarily: If you have an impaction of hard stools that is incomplete, only liquid stool can get by the plug of stool. The mistake is to take something to stop the "diarrhea" which will plug you up fast. Use a plain fleet enema or glycerine suppositories to make sure your rectum is empty before trying to control the diarrhea. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor
Once
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Dr. Krishna Anand
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My son is 7,he's had loose stools like 4-5 times/day, for last 3 days. Last night was loose, greenish with red specks. Is this dangerous & treatment ?

My son is 7,he's had loose stools like 4-5 times/day, for last 3 days. Last night was loose, greenish with red specks. Is this dangerous & treatment ?

Treat gastroenteritis: Your son is having infective diarrhea or dysentry , may be bacterial infection leading to loose motion and blood in stool .Consult your doctor get the treatment done as soon as possible . he may need blood test,stool test ,i.V. fluids and antibiotics ...Read more

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What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

See a doctor: The answer to your question could fill a good textbook, and the answer to getting rid of it depends upon the cause. See a good doctor and find out what is wrong. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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I get severe gut trouble with erythromycin, if i take probiotics, will this problem be prevented, ie; loose stool & stomach pain? Thanks

I get severe gut trouble with erythromycin, if i take probiotics, will this problem be prevented, ie; loose stool & stomach pain?
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Maybe not...: As suggested in the prior answer, Erythromycin is a pro-motility drug that alters stomach contractions. Probiotics, despite their benefits in general, will likely not help your particular problem since they may be inhibited by your taking erythromycin. Probiotics best utility is in supporting & supplementing the colonic flora. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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At home I am locavore. When I travel I get loose stools even on fine dining. Why?

Don't know ur diet: Locovore is unlikely to be the issue. Make a diet diary for 3 days, annotatred with symptoms, time of month in menstrual cycle, while at home, and while traveling. See what is different. Show to your doc. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

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