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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have you lost weight: What type of undigested food? Skins of fruit and vegetables may pass undigested in a normal person. If your are otherwise in good health and have not had unintended weight loss, it would not be a cause for concern. ...Read more
I have had unresolved diarrhea for several years. Now I am passing undigested food. What do I need to do?
Possibly: This depends on how long and how frequently this has occurred. If you can identify a particular food that seems to be associated, you could simply avoid that food. It it seems to happen no matter what you eat, you really need a medical evaluation. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: Undigested food can show up in your stool for multiple reasons, including food intolerance, poor absorption, and too-rapid transit time. If this is happening often, you really need to see your physician about it. If you can identify particular foods that seem to bother you this way, you can know to avoid them. ...Read more
Undigested food: I'm curious as to what makes you think you are not digesting your food? Our bodies are incredibly good at squeezing essentially everything we can use out of food, and bacteria in our gut uses pretty much everything else. What body odor problem are you having? Eating certain foods (garlic, onion, etc) will cause body odor. Let me know more specifics! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can undigested food be confused for parasites? If so, how can you tell if its a parasite or just something undigested?
Yes: Try cutting across its middle-guts will spill out if its a parasite. ...Read more
Recently I have found there are lots of undigested foods in my nine and half month old baby's diaper. Should i be worry?
No : Child is getting teeth and as result much of the food remains undigested. ...Read more
Undigested food particles seen in stool. Normal? Wasn't like this before. What could be wrong? What tests are done to see the real cause? Thanx.
How do you FEEL?: You don't digest all the stuff that you eat. Some of it's not digestable. And transit times vary for no reason. Why are you even looking, Steve? If you feel well, are maintaining your musculature, and can keep up in the sports for which you train, you owe it to yourself and others to stop focusing on this stuff. Seek a relationship with a patient physician in real life, and think positive. ...Read more
White spots 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. At the very least stool studies should help address if stringy mucus you may be seeing is "worms" (pinworms, etc.) so rx can begin. ...Read more
Lots: If acutely, can be due to infection, e.G viral gastroenteritis, acute inflammation, say from alcohol. . A bigger issue if chronic or repeated. Can also be due to inflammation of stomach/duodenum from alcohol, meds e.G aspirin, nsaids, ulcers, tumors (not likely at age 18), diabetes, intestinal blockage, other. Recurrent? Other symptoms, like weight loss, definitely needs to be checked by md asap. ...Read more
What if I had eaten about three hours ago and bits of the recognizable undigested food I had just eaten are present in my stool?
Undigested: It generally takes much longer than three hours for ingested food to appear in bowel movements as the food has to traverse many feet of intestine first. Three hours would signify exceedingly rapid transit. The bits you observed probably were ingested a couple of days earlier unless you are experiencing vicious diarrheal activity. For chronic bowel concerns, a gastroenterologist is best qualified. ...Read more
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