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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

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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Can low stomach acid cause premature aging? I'm only 18 and my skin looks leathery, pale skin, loose stools and dry hair that's thinning. Please help!

Can low stomach acid cause premature aging? I'm only 18 and my skin looks leathery, pale skin, loose stools and dry hair that's thinning. Please help!

Just a thought...: ...but you may want to pursue a more systemic approach to your problem than focusing on possible hypochlorhydria. What tests have been run? Has your thyroid been checked? ...Read more

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I have loose stool sometimes pale all the time. Ultrasound and numerous blood work was perfect. What else could it be? I want to be normal again. Tnx

I have loose stool sometimes pale all the time. Ultrasound and numerous blood work was perfect. What else could it be? I want to be normal again. Tnx

Diarrhea: In order to obtain a diagnosis followed by appropriate therapy your stools may need to be cultured and examined microscopically for parasites and undergo some antigen testing by pcr. If this is giardiasis a trial of Metronidazole ot tinidazole may be helpful. ...Read more

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Thyroid, autoimmune, celiac and vitamin def are normal but my hair is dry and thinning, skin is aging, pale, loose stools. Can it be low stomach acid?

Thyroid, autoimmune, celiac and vitamin def are normal but my hair is dry and thinning, skin is aging, pale, loose stools. Can it be low stomach acid?

Anxiety: At age18, traumatic experiences of childhood, unresolved emotional conflicts, stressors of relationships, work and finances can cause Anxiety.
Anxiety can express by physical symptoms-dry hair, changes in skin and loose stools.
These symptoms are not due to low stomach acid
You have good physical health as shown by normal lab tests
See a Therapist to cope with stressors, and to resolve conflicts ...Read more

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I'm having dry hair that's thinning, pale, loose stools, fatigue, knee pain, pale skin, hida, ct, ultrasound, thyroid, autoimmune, anemia, cbc all good?

I'm having dry hair that's thinning, pale, loose stools, fatigue, knee pain, pale skin, hida, ct, ultrasound, thyroid, autoimmune, anemia, cbc all good?

Multiple causes: Thyroid problem, anemia (iron def), and autoimmune diseases (such as Lupus) as well as stress can cause hair loss. I am confused about your statement re. Thyroid. -> anemia with CBC "all good". & presumed these have all been ruled out. With the loose stool issue, one may consider an malabsorption condition and gluten intolerance should be considered. See dermatologist. ...Read more

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

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My son is pale lethargic and has explosive diarrhea 20 minutes after eating and loosing weight he has episodes like this he has shotty inguinal lymph nod?

My son is pale lethargic and has explosive diarrhea 20 minutes after eating and loosing weight he has episodes like this he has shotty inguinal lymph nod?

See doctor: Persistient diarrhea with weight loss can have a variety of causes, come caused by infections and others not caused by infection. Since your son is losing weight he should be seen by a doctor for further evaluation. Typhoid vaccination is not associated with such sypmtoms. ...Read more

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Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Hmm: Unless the cysts are in your intestine then it is unlikely related to loose stool. I would review these tests with your doctor and see the next plan of action ...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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Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

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

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Can your gallbladder give you loose stools? If so, what is recommended?

Gallbladder: Gallbladder problems not usually associated with diarrhea as the synptoms are more of a blocking of bile by stones in the gallbladder. Diarrhea can happen after gallbladder comes out ...Read more

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Why am I having loose stools when eating salad?

Why am I having loose stools when eating salad?

Loose stools: You can get loose stools if your salad is contaminated. Also since salad is full of fiber, it can lead to loose stools. ...Read more

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Can adhesions be causing my chronic loose stools?

Can adhesions be causing my chronic loose stools?

Anything is: Possible, but not likely in your case that diarrhea is caused by adhesions, if you have normal anatomy otherwise. Consult with a GI specialist for other possible causes of chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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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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Why do I always get loose stools a day after being constipated?

Why do I always get loose stools a day after being constipated?

Loose stool/constip: During constipation part of the stools become fermented from intestinal bacteria & it becomes loose, it usually comes out after the hard part of the stool, sometimes it leaks around it & causes soiling. I hope that helps answer your question. Try to control your constipation with high fiber diet, prune juice, plenty of fluids, you can also try miniral oil or miralax (polyethylene glycol). Good luck ...Read more

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How long does gastroenteritis last? Can loose stools continue after 9 days?

How long does gastroenteritis last? Can loose stools continue after 9 days?

Well: Yeah It can last one to 10 or 12 days. Sometimes intestines are affected and a person can have some symptoms for two or three weeks even. If you're having abdominal pain fever or blood in your stool be signs to be concerned. For specific diagnosis treatment see a doctor in person or make a HealthTap visit ...Read more

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Can stopping Omperazole suddenly cause loose stools and for you to be bloated??

Can stopping Omperazole suddenly cause loose stools and for you to be bloated??

Possible: Yes, it is possible; try restarting it for a few days and see how it goes; ...Read more

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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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Nausea followed by loose stools happened for the second time this month. What's wrong?

Cannot diagnose: This could be the same or recurrent symptoms from one infection or two different issues. The only way in which to resolve this is to go see a doctor and get diagnosed and treated if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools? If not what GI symptoms can it cause?

Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools? If not what GI symptoms can it cause?

Yes it can: High fat and sugar diet can cause loose stool specially if it was associated with stress try to balance your diet and manage your stress see your doctor good luck ...Read more

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TTC and experiencing loose stools every morning. Could this be from taking elevit at night?

TTC and experiencing loose stools every morning. Could this be from taking elevit at night?

Elevil Rx & PG: The use of Elevil nightly while attempting pregnancy can seriously hamper your ability to get pregnant. Consider discontinuing its' use if you are serious about trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Thin, can't gain weight even at college, lots of loose stools, what could be wrong with me?

Thin, can't gain weight even at college, lots of loose stools, what could be wrong with me?

See your doctor: While most bouts of loose stool are innocent in this age group, if it's prolonged, especially with weight loss, it warrants a visit to the doctor for an exam and some tests. ...Read more

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