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Loose Stools Vs Diarrhea
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
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
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
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
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
Throat infection: Not the infection by itself but antibiotics used to treat it may cause diarrhea. ...Read more
LOOSE STOOLS: Have a mushy consistency. Diarrhea is wattery non formed stools. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Any time: Any time is fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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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