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What causes frothy stools in adults?

What causes frothy stools in adults?

IBS & dietary: Imbalances (too much fermentation created gas) in diet and ibs in general can do that. Lactose intolerant people might see that. I don't know if it is a problem on it's own. Ibs can be quite painful. Hope you're well! ...Read more

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How many times a week should the average adult pass stool?

How many times a week should the average adult pass stool?

Stools vary as peopl: 40 year old female asks, How many times a week should the average adult pass stool? As all humans are individuals so the stooling of each person is different, depending on Diet/ exercise/ body weight/stress level/and more. In general one should stool once daily but this could range from as many as 3 times/ day to as little as 2 or 3 times a week. Bottom line one shouldknow what normal is for one. ...Read more

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I have been having soft and sour smelling stool for about 3 weeks now. Stool looks "nutty" and broken up.???

More info needed: Have you been traveling?? Has your diet changed recently?? You probably need a visit to your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for an exam, stool culture, and possibly some liver function studies.

Hope this helps

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What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

Diet & bacteria: The color and texture of stool is most often affected by diet and the activity of normal bowel bacteria. The only colors that are worrisome are red, black, or white. ...Read more

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How did I get light green stool in adults?

See below: Something you ate could do this however if is occurs in more than one stool it could be bile from the liver and in that case you shold have some blood tests done. ...Read more

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Is it bad for an adult to have green stool?

Is it bad for an adult to have green stool?

Usually not: Color of stool has much to do with diet.Green is usually vegetable matter and safe. If it persists with less intake of veggies consult your dr. ...Read more

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What does green stool for 2 days mean in adults?

What does green stool for 2 days mean in adults?

By itself, not much: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if greenish color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does green stools in adults indicate?

What exactly does green stools in adults indicate?

Green stools: This could result from rapid transit of feces through the intestines, or from food colorings such as in liquorice., consuming iron-rich foods or iron supplements, or leafy green vegetables, taking laxatives, and if with other intestinal symptoms it can result from irritable bowel or intestinal infections. If no symptoms, no worries. ...Read more

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What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain. ...Read more

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Is there any diapers in market to collect stools for adult paraplegic persons?

Is there any diapers in market to collect stools for adult paraplegic persons?

Several: There are several brands of diapers available for paraplegics. Brand names include Attends, Tranquility, Sure Care and Tena. They are readily available. Speak with your pharmacist. ...Read more

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What are some things that cause a lime green gel like substance in/on stool for an adult male notice when wiping

What are some things that cause a lime green gel like substance in/on stool for an adult male notice when wiping

Green stools: This could result from rapid transit of feces through the intestines, or from food colorings such as in liquorice., consuming iron-rich foods or iron supplements, or leafy green vegetables, taking laxatives, and if with other intestinal symptoms it can result from irritable bowel or intestinal infections. If no symptoms, no worries. ...Read more

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Sometimes my two and a half year old has sour smelling breath and stool. He seems very healthy and has no problems. What could be the reason?

Not to worry: If your child's growth is normal and is confirmed by pediatrician's growth charts and he has been healthy then there should be no reason to be concerned. He may reflux from time to time and have bad breath or not digest food well from time to time, but if he is growing well and has no other symptoms I would not be worried. ...Read more

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My dr wanted me to take a stool sample and when I did it was tar black, had a sour odor and mucus on it. What does that mean? Should I be worried?

My dr wanted me to take a stool sample and when I did it was tar black, had a sour odor and mucus on it. What does that mean? Should I be worried?

Need for evaluation: Your description suggests bleeding in the intestine and it needs to be investigated. You may need a colonoscopy for proper evaluation. Do follow your doctor's instructions for follow-up testing and care. ...Read more

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How often should an adult pass stool? I usually have 1 BM daily, sometimes I don't have at all throughout the day. Is it regular? I eat plenty fiber.

How often should an adult pass stool? I usually have 1 BM daily, sometimes I don't have at all throughout the day. Is it regular? I eat plenty fiber.

Normal stool freq: Normal stool frequency varies from several times a day to once every several days. What's most important is to determine what's normal for you. Eat plenty of fiber, upwards of 30+g/d depending upon reference, drink plenty of fluids & get regular exercise. As long as you don't have to strain to push out hard stool, you're most likely normal. Http://www. Webmd. Com/women/features/digestive-problems ...Read more

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My daughter is passing quite solid adult type stools. Is this normal for a ten month old baby?

My daughter is passing quite solid adult type stools. Is this normal for a ten month old baby?

Crying with BM?: There is a wide range of stool consistency for infants. Hard stools can be a sign of constipation, however. Infants who cry when having a bowel movement or having hard, pebble-like stools may have constipation. Talk to your pediatrician, and he/she may recommend prune juice (or other fruit juices) or extra water to soften the stool. Please see your pediatrician before changing anything, though! ...Read more

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What's the dosage of econorm for adults? Should it be taken before food or after food? I'm suffering from loose stools since Wednesday. Not taking any

What's the dosage of econorm for adults? Should it be taken before food or after food? I'm suffering from loose stools since Wednesday. Not taking any

Uncertain: The benefit, and the dose, and the effect of food, are all speculative. If you have persistent loose stools, swallowing some yeast is not likely to help. To correct the condition requires that you first define the cause. You will need professional help for that. Many episodes of loose stools are brief and self contained. If that occurs in your case, be grateful it is gone and do not experiment wit ...Read more

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Is black stool in an adult, dangerous?

Is black stool in an adult, dangerous?

Sometimes: Black stool could be related to taking medicines like iron or peptobismal. But if stool is black, foul smelling and sticky - that could be a gastrointestinal bleed (melena). ...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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My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?

My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?

Change in bowels: Odor, amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor pls. ...Read more

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2 month old formula fed baby passing adult-like stool? Semi hard constitency/long tubes. She is very fussy/cries most of the day. Formula change?

2 month old formula fed baby passing adult-like stool? Semi hard constitency/long tubes. She is very fussy/cries most of the day. Formula change?

In the absence of: Diarrhea, vomiting, poor weight gain, eczema, wheezing or other signs of milk protein allergy or milk protein intolerance, I'd say take your baby & a diaper full of stool to her pediatrician, discuss your concerns & wait to see what her physical exam reveals before trying an elimination diet. An elimination diet includes re-introducing the suspected offending food under medical supervision. ...Read more

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3 yo boy, floating stools, 3-4 bristol, maybe sour smell, light brown. He is eating fruits and cereals everyday. Is healthy, energic boy. Is a problem?

3 yo boy, floating stools, 3-4 bristol, maybe sour smell, light brown. He is eating fruits and cereals everyday. Is healthy, energic boy. Is a problem?

Maybe: Floating stools with a foul odor is sometimes linked to poor fat digestion/ poor digestive enzymes. A stool test is used to confirm such a problem. Some stools just float from trapped bowel gas. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby is having watery stool with lots of farts and sour smell. Since sunday morning but only 3 big stools and lots of smear kind.

My 2 month old baby is having watery stool with lots of farts and sour smell. Since sunday morning but only 3 big stools and lots of smear kind.

Infant diarrhea: It sounds like your infant may have gastroenteritis, an intestinal infection. Most cases are viral, but, if there is blood in the stool, this could indicate either a bacterial infection or a milk protein allergy. Continued watery stools can quickly lead to dehydration in infants. You should definitely have the baby seen by the pediatrician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Hi, why does my stool smell sour? I thought it could be cause of acidity in stomach, but I have tried everything to alkaline and still smells sour :/

Hi, why does my stool smell sour? I thought it could be cause of acidity in stomach, but I have tried everything to alkaline and still smells sour :/

Not a disease: The "sour" smell of the stool is not a disease. Do not worry about it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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2+weeks:mucus discharge streked wi blood, stools completely changed to being small formless and mushy. 2day saw yellow in mucus. Young adult. Worried?

Colitis: This is consistent with mucus colitis which could be due to irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease or an infection. The blood is nonspecific and can occur with any if these conditions or with associated hemorrhoids or anal fissure. Avoid harsh roughage, take kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) as needed for loose stools, but consult your physician if symptoms persist and appropriate tests with stool culture. ...Read more

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What would cause an adult to have green stools? Is it something to worry about? Is it a sign of bowel cancer?

What would cause an adult to have green stools? Is it something to worry about? Is it a sign of bowel cancer?

Color: The color of stool doesn't matter unless they are red (bloody) white (acholic, no pigment) or back (tarry) for upper Gi bleed. The color can be affected by what we eat. No, it is not a sign of bowel cancer. ...Read more