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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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My 20month old is been having loose stools up to 5 times per day, dr says is just a virus but shes been like this for 4weeks, a virus last this much?

My 20month old is been having loose stools up to 5 times per day, dr says is just a virus but shes been like this for 4weeks, a virus last this much?

No, but....: ...The important thing is if she is acting normally or sick. If she is not loosing weight, not vomiting, has no fever and is otherwise well, then there are three possibilities: 1. This is her normal stool pattern now. 2. The virus produced a temporary loss of an enzyme needed to digest certain foods. Usually, this is lactose and it can last a couple of months. 3. She has a parasite or bacteria. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a virus that causes abdo discomfort and 1-2 episodes of loose stools per day? Also achy and tired.

Is it possible to have a virus that causes abdo discomfort and 1-2 episodes of loose stools per day? Also achy and tired.

Enterovirus: Yes. Enterovirus end can cause symptoms like that. They usually last several days to a week. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. If it isn't improving, or is worsening you may need to see your physician. ...Read more

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2yr old with cough, green loose stools and poor appetite x 2 days. Drinking OK. virus? Wait it out or take him in?

2yr old with cough, green loose stools and poor appetite x 2 days. Drinking OK. virus? Wait it out or take him in?

If stable, wait : this presentation is almost always viral. So long as water intake is OK and your child doesn't become listless all should be well. I presume you know about the BRAT diet. ...Read more

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To clarify I don't have vomiting as symptom just abdo discomfort, loose stools and feeling very fatigued. Can this be a virus?

To clarify I don't have vomiting as symptom just abdo discomfort, loose stools and feeling very fatigued. Can this be a virus?

Yes: Could be viral gastroenteritis even if there is no vomiting. Start w clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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1yr old with 5 days of foul loose stools 4 times/day. Today bowel is pale color & gritty like. Is this more than virus? Ran fever prior

1yr old with 5 days of foul loose stools 4 times/day. Today bowel is pale color & gritty like. Is this more than virus? Ran fever prior

Likely infection: If the stools have some color, like pale yellow and a bad odor, it is likely an infection. If the stools are pure white, it could mean another problem. Follow up with your doctor and take in a sample. All the best. ...Read more

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Why do viruses dehydrate you? I am not throwing up or have diarrhea...

Why do viruses dehydrate you? I am not throwing up or have diarrhea...

Dehydraion: With virus infection, the person loses appetite and has poor oral intake: second nausea, vomiting and diarrhea which decrease the body volume, and third the fever causes fluid loss from skin. ...Read more

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Are there any specific viruses in the 89128 zip code that involve throwing up and diarrhea for 12 hrs . My husband is just starting to hold fluids?

Are there any specific viruses in the 89128 zip code that involve throwing up and diarrhea  for 12 hrs . My husband is just starting to hold fluids?

Check online or call: The local radio stations for any outbreaks of a viral illness or it could just be food poisoning. You may need to bring him to urgent care or er for IV fluid hydration and other meds/treatment . Take care! ...Read more

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How come some stomach viruses cause vomiting while others only cause diarrhea? Is there a way of preempting vomiting by forcing diarrhea?

How come some stomach viruses cause vomiting while others only cause diarrhea?  Is there a way of preempting vomiting by forcing diarrhea?

G.I. viruses.: There are many different viruses that affect the G.I. tract, some of which cause diarrhea, and others which cause vomiting or other symptoms. Nothing that you can do will change what the symptoms of a particular virus will be. The best thing to do is to maintain adequate hydration and get plenty of sleep. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more