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What types of food could cause black dots in stool?

What types of food could cause black dots in stool?

Seeds, blood...: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) ; symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more

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What's the meaning for positive for toxigenic on a stool?

What's the meaning for positive for toxigenic on a stool?

Insufficient data: Hi, I am not sure if the query has been phrased properly. Do u mean to ask what it means if stool is positive for toxigenic c diff or other toxin producing organisms? Please rephrase the query. Thank you. ...Read more

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What types of things can be detected from a stool culture? It has me very nervous.

What types of things can be detected from a stool culture? It has me very nervous.

Bacteria: A stool culture looks for bacterial causes of diarrhea, such as salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, and e. Coli. For parasites, you need a stool o;p test. ...Read more

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Could you name a disease that causes each type of stool? - Bright green; - Pinkish-red; - Greenish-brown. Thanks a lot!!

Could you name a disease that causes each type of stool? - Bright green; - Pinkish-red; - Greenish-brown. Thanks a lot!!

Does NotMakeSense: There are no diseases based on the color of stool. I don't know why are you asking this question and what the purpose of it
Your question does not make any medical sense ...Read more

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I recently developed painful stool, type 2 or 5. It cuts me when passing w/ a little blood. This has never happened before. What would cause it?

I recently developed painful stool, type 2 or 5. It cuts me when passing w/ a little blood. This has never happened before. What would cause it?

Straining: If the stool was hard or you were straining to pass it or you sat on the toilet seat for a prolonged time you may 1. Opened a hemorrhoid, 2. Caused a laceration of the bowel wall. Consult with your family physician for a rectal exam soon. ...Read more

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From few days I get white cotton type thing attached to my stool. What is that? My stools are inconsistent, sometime hard and sometime fragmented?

From few days I get white cotton type thing attached to my stool. What is that? My stools are inconsistent, sometime hard and sometime fragmented?

Mucus: These are most likely mucus strands and your symptoms are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome in view of alternating loose and somewhat constipated stools. If you have further concerns, consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation, advice and treatment. In the meantime include adequate fluids and fiber in your diet and this could include daily metamucil. ...Read more

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What could it be if I have blood in my stools, but not consistently? I have bouts of blood and inconsistent stool types very often. I don't feel pain?

What could it be if I have blood in my stools, but not consistently? I have bouts of blood and inconsistent stool types very often. I don't feel pain?

Gi bleed: There are many reasons, like external or internal hemorrhoid a, fissure, fistula, diverticosis, colon mass, colitis, ischemia, avm, peptic ulcer etc. Please see gastroenterologist for colonoscopy to find the cause. Thanks. ...Read more

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My stools is going like stones, painful and uncomfortable. What is the meaning of this?

My stools is going like stones, painful and uncomfortable. What is the meaning of this?

Scybalous stool: Add fiber, but cure depends on problem (do you have soft or hard stool?), circumstances under which constipation developed (dehydration, low activity, food intolerances, stressful times, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, past surgeries/ trauma with adhesions, rectal dysfunction), severity (stool volume, dehydration, bleeding, night-time awakening, weight loss), duration (acute vs. Longstanding?) ...Read more

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My continous 4-5 times stool passing from 2 week and black yellow mix type stool. What is the problem?

My continous 4-5 times stool passing from 2 week and black yellow mix type stool. What is the problem?

Diarrhea: Loose yellow, frequent stools could be from a viral gastrointestinal tract infection with subsequent irritable bowel. However black stool, if not from taking peptobismol, could indicate bleeding from high in the gi tract from gastritis or a peptic ulcer. I recommend seeing your physician who can perform a simple stool test in the office to check for occult blood. Follow a bland, low roughage diet ...Read more

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What type of parasite might cause foamy stools? How could I have potentially contracted said parasite? I'm scared I might have one..

What type of parasite might cause foamy stools? How could I have potentially contracted said parasite? I'm scared I might have one..

Foamy stools: Just from this question, it is difficult to know what you mean by foamy stools. Are you having mucus on the outside of your stooIs? Is the entire stool foamy? I doubt that a parasite is likely to be your issue, but it is difficult to know just from this question. I would suggest if this has been going on for more than a few days to alert your parents and go to see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been getting worm-shaped (not pencil thin) thin stools along with normal ones today, all of them are type 4 on stool chart is this natural?

I've been getting worm-shaped (not pencil thin) thin stools along with normal ones today, all of them are type 4 on stool chart is this natural?

Thin Stool: Is this the first time this happens to you? Do you have pain or bleeding with bowl movements? Any family history or colon issues? If this is something that continues or you answered yes to any of the questions you need to see a gi. ...Read more

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My stool has been going from huge log type to small hard as a rock pebble like? I see red gooie stuff in there sometimes. Colonscopy negative I'm 25

My stool has been going from huge log type to small hard as a rock pebble like? I see red gooie stuff in there sometimes. Colonscopy negative I'm 25

Constipation: This may be a sign of some form of irritable bowel syndrome. It seems that you have already seen a GI specialist. Continue to see this specialist and keep a symptom diary. This will help to unravel the exact problem that may be developing. For now increase fiber in your diet. ...Read more

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Got black type flakes in stool (100% sure it's nothing I've eaten) I've had a stool test came back fine I also get diarrhoea lots too what's wrong?

Got black type flakes in stool (100% sure it's nothing I've eaten) I've had a stool test came back fine I also get diarrhoea lots too what's wrong?

Diarrhea: Your descriptions are too vague to warrant an appropriate answer. My advice would be to see your local doctor and if necessary be referred to a GI doctor. Health care in the UK is viewed as outstanding by most US physicians and I would encourage you to use it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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23-yr-old female living in the Caribbean temporarily. My stool is Bristol type 2 and has little white things that look like sesame seeds. Suggestions?

Tapeworms: The classic description of a tapeworm infection is small "sesame seeds" or "grains of rice" in the stool. It is usually due to the tapeworm found in dogs and cats, but it can sometimes be found in humans. What is seen is the proglottid or a segment of the worm. An analysis of a stool sample can determine the exact type and what caused it. Here is a handout:

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Hi, My son is 6 yrs old and has continuous light tan / clay coloured stools. They are either type 4, 5 or 6. He rarely has what I would call normal c?

Hi, My son is 6 yrs old and has continuous light tan / clay coloured stools. They are either type 4, 5 or 6. He rarely has what I would call normal c?

Stools color and. ..: ...consistency varied to much to just establish one as normal and the rest abnormal. With respect to color abnormal is considered BLACK, RED or WHITE. In consistence abnormal will be LIQUID or HARD PELLETS. Always important to remember the longer the stools stay in the last part of the colon the drier and bulkier they become...and harder to pass. Probiotics are always a great help. ...Read more

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44 yr old male, type 2 diabetes. Stool is clear-like.

Stool: Sorry, but you need to provide more information before a meaningful response could be developed. ...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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Type 7 stool, painful growling abdomin, have had abdomen pain for the past week, what's happening please answer asap?

Time to see a doctor: One week is a long time to be having abdominal pain without knowing the cause. For one thing, you may suffering unnecessarily if the pain can be diagnosed and relieved rapidly. ...Read more

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What is tested when you are asked to give a stool sample? Is there something that alerts them to any types of cancer in the test?

What is tested when you are asked to give a stool sample? Is there something that alerts them to any types of cancer in the test?

Blood in Stool: The most common test would be for blood in the stool. This can be a sign of colon polyps or cancer. It is also possible to test for certain types of intestinal infections in a stool sample. Stool blood testing is commonly done on people who have no symptoms. Testing for infection is usually part of the evaluation of symptoms (such as diarrhea). ...Read more

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I passed a stool and noticed a small white worm wriggle about for a few seconds before it stopped moving, what type of worm is it?

I passed a stool and noticed a small white worm wriggle about for a few seconds before it stopped moving, what type of worm is it?

Stool worms: Most likely tape or round worm. You need to see a doctor right away and bring with you a fresh stool sample to send to a lab for diagnosis of worm type so you can be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Have queeried Chron's, constipated with green stools with the type 1 on stool chart, in pain should I see Dr ASAP or not be too concerned?

Have queeried Chron's, constipated with green stools with the type 1 on stool chart, in pain should I see Dr ASAP or not be too concerned?

Abdominal pain: While not particularly worrisome for Crohn's disease, chronic abdominal pain is not normal and is usually a sign of some kind of problem. I would recommend making an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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I checked my stool, I know it sounds weird but I found on a couple occassions now gooey worm type stringy things like mucus is this normal?

I checked my stool, I know it sounds weird but I found on a couple occassions now gooey worm type stringy things like mucus is this normal?

May be normal: This could be normal but if you have other symptoms like diarrhea, burning with stool or fevers you should see a doctor. Also if this persists and is not just an occasional finding I would see a doctor and have them do some stool studies. ...Read more

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Rectal Bleed on/off for month @ end of stool. Had clnscpy 2 yrs ago. Non-C type polyps & int hem. Should I worry or have another clnscpy? What is it?

Rectal Bleed on/off for month @ end of stool. Had clnscpy 2 yrs ago. Non-C type polyps & int hem. Should I worry or have another clnscpy? What is it?

Internal hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids are common and may bleed occasionally, especially if one is constipated or strains with bowel movements. The usual treatment is to use a stool softener and increase fiber in the diet.

If you have rectal bleeding it's best to discuss with your physician before assuming it's "just from hemorrhoids".
Your physician will decide if you need a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy ...Read more

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What would be the most likely cause of nausea & frequent acidic yellowish stools (Type 6 on Bristol Chart) x 10 days, and the best home intervention.

What would be the most likely cause of nausea & frequent acidic yellowish stools (Type 6 on Bristol Chart) x 10 days, and the best home intervention.

"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (what's the frequency of stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), recurrent? The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best type of stool softener?

What is the best type of stool softener?

Mineral oil: Over the counter mineral oil is better than stool softener in capsules. About a tablespoon or less at bedtime according to benefit. ...Read more