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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
2,187 Doctors shared insights

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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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 (sodium bisphosphate) 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 eating a diet of foods that will constipate you
Daily
Try following the BRAT diet, which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast
Daily
See a GI doctor (gastrointestinal specialist)
Once
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What is the difference between loose stools and diarhhea?

What is the difference between loose stools and diarhhea?

LOOSE STOOLS: Have a mushy consistency. Diarrhea is wattery non formed stools. ...Read more

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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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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

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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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? Thanks

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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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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Recently found out have low potassium, added 2 banana's, orange juice and tomoato juice to diet but causing loose stools, concerned counterproductive?

Recently found out have low potassium, added 2 banana's, orange juice and tomoato juice to diet but causing loose stools, concerned counterproductive?

Why is it low?: Do you know why is it low?
Is it because you're on medicines that artificially lower it? There are rare genetic conditions that can lower potassium?

Or was this a random lab finding. If it was a random finding, realize potassium levels can fluctuate moment to moment. Also machines have error too. If its borderline low, don't go nuts with a high potassium diet.
If it's markedly low, talk to doc! ...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?

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?

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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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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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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HI sir steptococcal URTI can manifest with loose stools?

HI sir steptococcal URTI can manifest with loose stools?

Throat infection: Not the infection by itself but antibiotics used to treat it may cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the difference between loose stools and diarhhea?

LOOSE STOOLS: Have a mushy consistency. Diarrhea is wattery non formed stools. ...Read more

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What is wrong with me? I have loose stools nearly every day.

Daily loose stools: Causes of daily loose stools include irritable bowel syndrome (usually associated with stress), lactose intolerance, or severe constipation (in which new food from the stomach comes to your colon as a liquid, has no place to go, and so leaks around the huge mass of constipated stool. This is surprisingly common and is sugggested if you have any past history of constipation. ...Read more

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Help please! Is black loose stools common or should I be worried?

Possibly: If you black stools are tarry (sticky) with a foul odor that would be cause for concern. That could be related to GI bleeding. ...Read more

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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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Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Colonoscopy: You have reached an age in which beginning routine colonoscopy every five years may be indicated. Discuss with your family doctor. The intermittant loose stools could be due to numerous issues, and would need more info and stool exam to tell whether further evaluation is indicated. See your doctor, and good luck. ...Read more

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I don't know what's goin on but I have been gettin white stuff on my stools like tissue but not n also gettin really loose stools its not all time?

I don't know what's goin on but I have been gettin white stuff on my stools like tissue but not n also gettin really loose stools its not all time?

Call your MD: There are different reasons that you can get white material in stool but almost always concerning. Please call your doctor and be seen to get evaluation asap. You probably can pick up a container from your md or lab to collect a stool sample asap, which will be a needed part of your evaluation. ...Read more

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