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What is the explaination of a red bowel movement? I had red velvet cake with whit and red frosting...does that matter?

What is the explaination of a red bowel movement? I had red velvet cake with whit and red frosting...does that matter?

Food coloring: It could be a manifestation of the food coloring in your diet but if it persists I would follow up with your doctor ...Read more

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I made velvet red cake but last night I notice that my tissue had red on it and the poop was red and some of the water was to like I was bleeding?

I made velvet red cake but last night I notice that my tissue had red on it and the poop was red and some of the water was to like I was bleeding?

Red dye: Recipes for red velvet cake call for large amounts of red dye. You are likely seeing this in your urine and stool as part of the clearing process. This is generally not harmful, but excessive intake of artificial dyes, sweeteners and preservatives is not advisable. ...Read more

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I was holding icecream cake in hand for about 5 mins 2 days back. My thumb became red in the exposed area and burning but no blisters. Is it normal?

I was holding icecream cake in hand for about 5 mins 2 days back. My thumb became red in the exposed area and burning but no blisters. Is it normal?

"Frost nip": Sounds like you probably got a mild version of frost bite called frost nip. It does not permanently damage the skin, so your symptoms should resolve in a few days. ...Read more

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About cookies, cakes, and fat. What does the "short" mean in shortcake and shortbread cookies. Does it mean there's lots of shortening in those foods?

About cookies, cakes, and fat. What does the "short" mean in shortcake and shortbread cookies. Does it mean there's lots of shortening in those foods?

Short--: Yes, exactly. They are made with large amounts of butter or shortening to make them crisp/flaky/crumbly. Remember fats are 9 calories per gram; so partake sparingly in amount & frequency. ...Read more

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Toddler is almost 3 yrs old. Is it OK for her to have a slice of dark chocolate cake, (sometimes) after food?

Toddler is almost 3 yrs old. Is it OK for her to have a slice of dark chocolate cake, (sometimes) after food?

In moderation: Small treats in moderation are fine to give to preschoolers provided they are meeting their nutritional needs, are of appropriate weight, and have good oral hygiene! ...Read more

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Can gelatin which using in food cause cancer? I used it today for the first time in cake and I'm worry about

Can gelatin which using in food cause cancer? I used it today for the first time in cake and I'm worry about

Stop worrying: It takes only a minute to make up something and post it on the internet. Folks who do this are trying to pose as your "well-informed friends" to sell you stuff. If this were really something that causes cancer, scientists and physicians would have already picked up on it and stopped eating it ourselves. Plenty of "natural healing" sites actually promote gelatin. ...Read more

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Will eyeberry food supplement help reduce the symptoms of mh orbital pseudotumor such as redness, swelling, and pain?

Will eyeberry food supplement help reduce the symptoms of mh orbital pseudotumor such as redness, swelling, and pain?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet ...Read more

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Hi I am indian. What adds more to the belly fat of a male or female? Our indian local foods or western fast foods, cakes, pastries etc?

Hi I am indian. What adds more to the belly fat of a male or female? Our indian local foods or western fast foods, cakes, pastries etc?

Belly fat: South asians are very susceptible to gaining belly fat, and then getting diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease, etc. Staying thin and active is the best medicine. In terms of staying thin, western fast foods are usually the worst. Traditional indian foods are good, but you can overdo them too. ...Read more

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Was on lots of antibiotics last mnth. Frequent tongue redness, or redness not going away, makes food more spicy for me. Anything to worry? .Non smoker

Was on lots of antibiotics last mnth. Frequent tongue redness, or redness not going away, makes food more spicy for me. Anything to worry? .Non smoker

Check: Have your doctor check for a secondary yeast infection. Antibiotic use can cause yeast to overgrow. Often time and no further antibiotics will help it go away. All the best. ...Read more

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I retch when I eat dry food eg cake, biscuits & can never eat dry food unless I have water. Always been like this. Also when nervous eg presentations?

I retch when I eat dry food eg cake, biscuits & can never eat dry food unless I have water. Always been like this. Also when nervous eg presentations?

Swallowing trouble: Swallowing trouble can reflect problems when moving food from mouth to upper esophagus (tranfer dysphagia) or when moving food down esophagus (transit dysphagia). Partial obstruction of esophagus may "hang-up" dry solid foods but typically allow liquids to pass. Motility disorders may "hang-up" both solids as well as liquids. Eosinophilic esophagitis possible, as is anxiety-related spasm. See doc. ...Read more

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If food allergy prick test is negative (mild redness) and blood rast test negative is it mean you are not allergic to foods? So y get reaction to foods

If food allergy prick test is negative (mild redness) and blood rast test negative is it mean you are not allergic to foods? So y get reaction to foods

Not 100%: If both tests are negative, the chance of being allergic to that food is very very small. However when the history of a food allergy is strong, and the tests were negative, I often ask the patient to bring in the fresh food for the testing instead of relying on commercial food extracts. If the person is still quite concerned over it a challenge test can be done at the office. ...Read more

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Binged on fried food & choc cake late lastnight. Feeling irritable, bloated, nauseous, tired and flatulent. What can I do eat to help myself feel better?

Binged on fried food & choc cake late lastnight. Feeling irritable, bloated, nauseous, tired and flatulent. What can I do eat to help myself feel better?

Binging: Is binging on these foods something you do often? You may need some help with this habit -- which can be a form of eating disorder. Your primary care physician would be a place to start. In the meantime, mint tea may help settle your stomach. Fennel seed can help your body expel gas and calm your digestive system. Ginger if nausea is pronounced. Or simple pepto-bismol from the drug store. ...Read more

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Does this sound like food poisoning or norovirus? She vomited throughout the day, by 6pm she was perfectly normal and went to a wedding and ate cake

Does this sound like food poisoning or norovirus? She vomited throughout the day, by 6pm she was perfectly normal and went to a wedding and ate cake

Unanswerable: I am happy to hear that 'she' is now perfectly normal. But, without more information your question, unfortunately, is impossible to answer. What were her symptoms? When did they start? Was there a fever? Nausea? Vomiting? Weight loss? How long did the symptoms last? ...Read more

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Very stressed for a week. For 30 hours I've had food-poisoning-like symptoms. Diarhhea, chills, weakness, headache. Stool now has redness. Shld I wrry?

Very stressed for a week. For 30 hours I've had food-poisoning-like symptoms. Diarhhea, chills, weakness, headache. Stool now has redness. Shld I wrry?

? bloody stools: If you have red blood in your stools with fever and diarrhea, you could have a bacterial invasive infection of the intestine which requires treatment. If there is no sign of bleeding a viral gastroenteritis may be present and this should be self limiting. Anxiety could trigger an irritable bowel syndrome, but with chills, headache and fatigue, I favor an infectious cause. See your md as needed. ...Read more

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Sore throat redness and a dark blue green color on both sides. Can't swollen much food could this be a strep throat?

Sore throat redness and a dark blue green color on both sides. Can't swollen much food could this be a strep throat?

Infection: Your symptoms sound like a throat infection. Generally a strep throat is fiery red in color with dots on the soft palate and maybe white exudate on the tonsils. Blue Green color is unusual for strep. Get your doctor to have a look and get a culture done. Drinks plenty of fluids. ...Read more