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Dr. Ray Tidman Dr. Tidman
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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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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Dr. Aruna Mani Dr. Mani
Internal Medicine - Oncology
15 years in practice
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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My stool always looks oily greasy. Water turns oily color. What can cause this? Is it normal?

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

Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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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

Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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

Dr. Shalabh Bansal Dr. Bansal
Pediatrics
9 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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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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Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez-simon Dr. Gonzalez-simon
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Clarence Wimberly Dr. Wimberly
Family Medicine
years in practice
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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

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
Pain Management
13 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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Pinkish stool after chronic constipation. What could this mean? At times almost looks like consistency of vomit.

Pinkish stool after chronic constipation. What could this mean? At times almost looks like consistency of vomit.

Some type of blood: The color "pink" from the rectum strongly suggests blood of some sort. I presume that there could have been some straining trying to defecate when constipated. This could cause a tear or fissure in the anus, or tear of the rectal lining. The blood would be "pinkish" and have the consistency of vomit when mixed with normal mucus in bowel. This needs evaluation ...see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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My baby has an umbilical hernia and her belly looks swollen and she passed red stool should I be concerned what does this mean?

My baby has an umbilical hernia and her belly looks swollen and she passed red stool should I be concerned what does this mean?

May not be related: Take the baby to the pediatrician , to find the cause of ' red stool ' , moderate size umbilical hernias will disappear by the age of 2 yr old and pediatrician will advise when to do surgery , follow the advise. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Fox Dr. Fox
Family Medicine
years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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I take bcaa supple. But seems to give me more frequent bowel move. Does it mean i'm not digesting efficiently? Should i stop taking them? Bm looks like food sometimes instead of feces.

I take bcaa supple. But seems to give me more frequent bowel move. Does it mean i'm not digesting efficiently? Should i stop taking them? Bm looks like food sometimes instead of feces.

Not necessarily: Digestive efficiency is sometimes difficult to quantify. Bcaa aren't bad if you can afford them. Most likely you have an intolerance to one of the components, much like many people do who take larger quantities of l-arginine. Sometimes adding a digestive enzyme complex with your meals and supplements helps with better assimilation. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What does it mean if your stool is green? Is there any make concerns or anything to be worried about?

What does it mean if your stool is green? Is there any make concerns or anything to be worried about?

Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others ; the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more

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Dr. David Drewitz Dr. Drewitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
23 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What does blue stool mean?

What does blue stool mean?

Ate blue food...: Blue stool probably means you ate or drank something with blue pigments or blue food coloring. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What does black runny stools mean?

It might be related: To GI bleeding. Black, sticky, loose with a bad odor - should be medically evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Satish Sundar Dr. Sundar
Pediatrics
30 years in practice
University of Bombay, Seth G. S. Medical College
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Froth in stool, what does it means.

Possible absorption: Frothy stools are associated with some forms of gastroenteritis esp. if associated with blood. Fat malabsorption can e associated with it too. If it chronic or persistent..it needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What does the amount of my stool mean?

What does the amount of my stool mean?

Change in bowels: The 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristi Woods Dr. Woods
Pediatrics
19 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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What does blue stool in children mean?

Ate something: Or drank something blue. That would be the most likely cause. ...Read more