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Poo Smells Funny
Bad breath: There are so many questions we would need to ask and many possible causes. Therefore I suggest you start with a visit to the dentist for an exam. If necessary your dentist may suggest a medical evaluation as well. ...Read more
I have heard of breath smelling like poo, but my poo smells like bad, dry breath. What could this be?
Registered Dietitian: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is the best solution for your problem. They are the food and nutrition experts. The well developed a personalized nutrition plan with balanced diet, lots of water and you'll find that your poo will have little to no smell. Good luck ...Read more
Tar odor: The odor is nonspecific, but if the feces looks like tar, one would be concerned about occult bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, use of peptobismol, or taking iron supplements. A simple rectal examination with inspection of a small stool specimen and a simple test of the specimen in the office would shed light on your concern and rule out blood in the stool. ...Read more
Baby has a breath that smells like poo and the poo is very runny and has been sick and is 5 months old?
I have quite a bit of yellow stickiness in my poo and it smells quite a bit when I take one can you plz tell me what it could be because of?
No: As long you have no other symptoms and your bowels are regular and normal stools. I will not worry ...Read more
Gum infection: It is quite possible that your husband has gingivitis or periodontitis. I would recommend a consultation with a dentist or periodontist. If his gums and supporting structures of the teeth are healthy, one might consider seeing a physician to rule out gastric, adenoid or respiratory issues. ...Read more
My daughter poo has changed, its light yellow and it smells alot. L have just introduced formula few days a go. Is it normal?
Sounds normal: Stool color is made by the bile from your liver. The color range goes from dark green through the yellows and browns based on how the bile is changed in transit. What you describe is well within the range of normal. Any time you change up the feed expect some variation in the poop. ...Read more
My son has been pooing non stop the last 24hr. He seems fine otherwise. The poo is a yellow and watery and smells sickly. He's 6mths and formula fed?
Diarrhea: It seems like your son has diarrhea. There are many causes for diarrhea and most common at this time of year is simple rotavirus infection. There are many other viral infections at can cause diarrhea as well as other more complicated issues. If this continues make sure that he is properly hydrated with electrolytes (pedialyte) & get him checked out by his pediatrician. ...Read more
My 3 year old son has muscus in his poop and smells really sour, he has had it for at least 3/4 weeks?
Mucous: Children do swallow quite a bit of mucous from their nose and throat (they aren't particularly effective at blowing their nose or coughing phlegm out). This can end up in their stool as well. If the stool is very loose, more than 4-5 times per day, there may be an infection cause, and your child should be seen by his doctor. ...Read more
I had green poo few weeks ago it went and now its back it smells like metal and feel sick and dizzy what could this be?
I have been having a discharge that smells like poop. I've been treated several times for it. Nothing is working. What can I do?
Where discharge?: If vaginal discharge, suggest rule out pregnancy if applicable and seek MD ASAP, as could represent possible infection. More urgent if abdominal pain/fever/blood. If rectal discharge/stool seepage, would also seek MD to find treatable causes e.g. commonly lactose intolerance from milk/milk products, diet drinks, corn syrup/high fructose/caffeine, but other causes possibly warranting workup ...Read more
A few weeks ago my poo was green for about 2 weeks but it went away and now its back and I feel sick and keep feeling dizzy and it smells like metal?
Haven't been able to go to bathroom for almost 3 days, and now my poop is dark green and it smells very bad. Why, and should I worry, and what to do?
Constipation: The smell of your poop as well as its color are not good enough cues to tell whether you should worry or not. I would expect it to smell bad even if it didn't stay in for 3 days, but much more so if it did. The green color of your poop if unusual, but to be honest, it's a subjective estimate of it and doesn't tell me what's going on. If you have no other symptoms and your stool resumes routine =ok. ...Read more
I'm having this odor problem, I believe it's coming from my rectum but I'm not sure. It smells like poop and like a butt sometimes. What could it be?
There's a very good chance that even a little stool leakage is the problem. Any change in diet, alteration in gut flora, or purgative agents may change your stool pattern & odor. Please keep in mind that not everything bought in a health food store, or "natural" products (however well intentioned in taking), may agree with you or be entirely safe.
See your doctor instead for eval and advice. ...Read more
This is embarrassing but my feces sometimes smells like kitty litter. Sometimes it smells like dog poop. Is this something that I should be concerned?
Stool odor: Stool smells are due to your gut flora and what you have eaten so the odor can change. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more
If you have very strong-smelling stool, and if it's very dark in color, you may be having melena. Melena is clasically described as "black, tarry stool, " and is caused by bleeding into the upper part of the intestinal tract. It doesn't look like blood because it's been digested.
If this is what's going on, you should be seen by a doctor and evaluated as soon as possible. Bleeding like this can be dangerous.
Even if this doesn't sound right, a change in stool is still worth discussing with your doctor. ...Read more
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Hi. Welcome! Dr. Ivy Fisher with healthtap.
If no other symptoms exists and doing fine
the gas smell could be dietary, what the baby is eating.
Look for emesis, diarrhea, bloody stools or fever.
I assume no accidental ingestion has occurred as well.
If you need further advice/f/u, don't hesitate to make
a virtual appt online for me.... ...Read more
I had a gallbladder removal now since I had my poop is runny and it smells sour... What does that mean?
What does it mean when you poop but it is only a mucusy substance coming out (no stool) and it smells bad?
Mucus or? On stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, ; even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. But you're not sure if the substance seen is pus or? So at very least blood/stool studies ; further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more
I've had foul smelling periods for 5 years. Others notice when I'm on it, it smells like poop. Possible causes?
Bacterial vaginosis?: The most common cause of increased vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. BV often occurs with odor only and little or no disharge. STDs can do it but wouldn't last 5 years. It's atypical for odor to only accompany your period, though. Is there no odor at all at other times? In any case, this should be easy to diagnose and treat; see your doctor. ...Read more
Poop smells incredibly bad and it burns butt hole and makes it unbearably itchy down there. What could be causing this?
A yeast: Infection is likelyGet a more detailed answer ›
My 30 year old son says that he's seen blood in his stool for months. His poop smells really bad, not like normal feces would smell?
Possibilities: Bright red blood would come from near the outlet, usually from a tear/scratch in the anal skin, this is often on the surface of a BM. Darker blood mixed with the poop, comes from higher up. It can be from infection, polyps or gut wall bleeding, or even cancer.It is all abnormal and needs to be evaluated. It is more likely to be something easy to fix at his age. ...Read more