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Pasty Stool Causes
Have not had a normal stool in about 6 weeks. I feel fine but bm is either pasty or diarrhea. Not black or visible blood. What are the possible causes?
My 2 year old daughter has swallowed a lot of gum over the past 2 weeks could that be what cause her stomach to hurt and pasty stool?
Embarrassing question but what could cause green maybe green blue areas in my normal colored stool. No diet change. 3 days in a row.
See answer: The vast major of green and blue discolorations of one's stool are related to diet and not disease. Green (blue+yellow =green)poop can be seen with excess green leafy vegetables (chlorophyll), excess iron, artificial food dyes (ice cream, cake frosting, liquorice candy, etc). Less often by excess bile. Blue poop most often also related to food dyes (e.g. Blue curaçao, grape soda). Re-evaluate diet. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Hard, formed stool mixed with very soft stool coming out at the same time in output. What is going on/what could be the cause?
Encopresis: Encopresis results in stool backup behind the very hard and obstructing stool. Sometimes liquid or soft stool will "leak around the hard stool obstruction" giving the stool output that you describe. Treatment is disimpaction with enemas followed by stool softeners to prevent new imaction from occurring. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
May be normal: Finding undigested parts of vegetables, corn, etc can be normal. "housecleaning" of gut will empty things out of the stomach, and further downstream, after several hours, to prevent stagnation of contents and overgrowth of bacteria. If associated with cramps, weight loss, fatty stools, and voracious appetite could be signs of a significant digestive issue. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
From time to time, my stools appear to gritty and sand like in color. Some days I have bms all day. What would cause this?
Grit and sand.: Certainly would go through the digestive tract undigested. Furthermore, cellulose is not digested and the hulls of small grains (brown rice, bulghur, quinoa, many others) would go through and be small fibrous flakes/particles. Bowel activity varies day to day, but if high fiber (see prev sentence) then increased motility results. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
White specks: I can’t diagnose the reason for the white spots in your stool. Possible causes can be increased mucus in the stool because of irritation of the gastrointestinal tract or infections. Some foods can cause this. A gallstone when passed could have this coloration. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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