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What does it mean if your stool looks greasy?

What does it mean if your stool looks greasy?

Incomplete digestion: Aside from dietary extreems, this represents a serious problem in your intestines. Please check in with your doc. ...Read more

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I find if i eat lots of chips and fries, my stool looks kind of greasy for the next few days.Doesn't normally look like this. What causes this?

I find if i eat lots of chips and fries, my stool looks kind of greasy for the next few days.Doesn't normally look like this. What causes this?

Fat/grease: Possibly, the types of foods you mention, are high in fats. Essentially, what goes in your mouth, defines what will come out the other end in time. So, it is important to eat healthy, and then your stools would be "healthy" as well. Good luck, eat well! ...Read more

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My stool always looks oily greasy. Water turns oily color. What can cause this? Is it normal?

Fat malabsorption: It sounds as though you are not digesting fats properly. Try a low fat diet and if continues try to see your primary doctor or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have stool that looks like powder is very loose and smells bad? I've been experiencing this for months now....

What does it mean to have stool that looks like powder is very loose and smells bad? I've been experiencing this for months now....

Hard to visualize?: To describe your stool as looking like powder and being loose is a little confusing...looseness often suggests watery. Perhaps you mean the powder isn't sticking together! My general thought is that your stool is too dry...you are not drinking enough fluids, especially water, or stool is passing very quickly through your intestine so it doesn't absorb. Try increasing water (a lot!). Then, to Doc:) ...Read more

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What doea greasy jet black stool mean?

What doea greasy jet black stool mean?

Dark-colored stool: 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the stool is black and looks more like small balls?

What does it mean if the stool is black and  looks more like small balls?

Black stool: Black stool can occur due to iron supplementation or due to bleeding in upper GI tract, latter known as melena. You should have this evaluated by your physician. The small balls are usually indication of constipation. ...Read more

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Is it bad when your stool is black with tiny chunks of silver(it looks like actual metal) what does this mean?

Black stools: Black stools are not good. My guess is that the "silver" look is less black. Bleeding in your stomach can be a serious problem. Other causes are taking iron or peptobismol. If this is recent then see your doctor soon. If you are feeling weak then see your doctor now! ...Read more

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If your stool is multicolored and It looks like army print Does it mean you have a tapeworm? What could be the problem

If your stool is multicolored and It looks like army print Does it mean you have a tapeworm? What could be the problem

Stool Color: Stool color is not important unless there is no color at all or it is bloody. Melena which is black sticky foul smelly stool signifies blood as well and is important. Otherwise green, brown, orange or shades thereof don't mean anything. ...Read more