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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 does it mean when you poop but it is only a mucusy substance coming out (no stool) and it smells bad?

What does it mean when you poop but it is only a mucusy substance coming out (no stool) and it smells bad?

Mucus or? 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. But you're not sure if the substance seen is pus or? So at very least blood/stool studies ; further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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My 3 year old is sick again. He keeps throwing up and his stool smells really bad like a dead body. And when this happend, he want eat. So I've gave him pedialite and juices. He has no fever this time bur last month he did and he had the sane symptoms. I

My 3 year old is sick again. He keeps throwing up and his stool smells really bad like a dead body. And when this happend, he want eat. So I've gave him pedialite and juices. He has no fever this time bur last month he did and he had the sane symptoms. I

Diet, Daycare?: Various factors.
Most common ones is day care. Kids have numerous sick kids around them that can cause symptoms of viral gastroenteritis.
Second would be any food intolerance. See if there is any recurrent symptoms with certain foods offered? You might want to try rotating his diet.
Another would be parasites or bacteria in the GI tract.
What ever the cause, make sure he is well hydrated. ...Read more

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Why do I have loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

Why do I have loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

Stool light-colored: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more

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What would cause loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

What would cause loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

Light-colored stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more

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My 30 year old son says that he's seen blood in his stool for months. His poop smells really bad, not like normal feces would smell?

My 30 year old son says that he's seen blood in his stool for months. His poop smells really bad, not like normal feces would smell?

Possibilities: Bright red blood would come from near the outlet, usually from a tear/scratch in the anal skin, this is often on the surface of a BM. Darker blood mixed with the poop, comes from higher up. It can be from infection, polyps or gut wall bleeding, or even cancer.It is all abnormal and needs to be evaluated. It is more likely to be something easy to fix at his age. ...Read more

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I have bad belly pain, and loose bloody stools. More blood then stools. Dark red liquid and smells of blood. Should I be worried? Three times today.

I have bad belly pain, and loose bloody stools. More blood then stools. Dark red liquid and smells of blood. Should I be worried? Three times today.

Belly pain & blood: In stool. Please see your doc. He/she will identify what is going on and provide a solution. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What does it mean when ur stools smell sweet?

What does it mean when ur stools smell sweet?

In digested sugars: Does it happen with all foods? Have your stools gotten soft or bulky? You may be lacking enzymes necessary to break down the sugars so they accumulate and the stools smell sweet. You should probably see a gastroenterologist if it continues. ...Read more

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Does floating stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

Does floating stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear of pancreatic cancer with basically no evidence. If you are suffering from obsessive thoughts that you have cancer, please get with someone who can help you manage these. ...Read more

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Can dark green stools that don't smell bad be from an unhealthy diet in teenagers?

Can dark green stools that don't smell bad be from an unhealthy diet in teenagers?

It's possible, but: Not necessarily the case. The color of the stool depends on several factors, but most importantly, the time it takes for food/substances ingested to move through the intestinal tract. (which changed the amount of bile excreted into the intestines and then reabsorbed); the faster substances move through, the greener the stools. Some stools that are bright green are from infections. ...Read more

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Sir I have stools of two different colors with bad smell. Any every stool has one little trace of blood. Please suggest me. I have done SDR also.

Sir I have stools of two different colors with bad smell. Any every stool has one little trace of blood. Please suggest me. I have done SDR also.

Blood in stool: Blood, especially bright red, May simply be from hemorrhoids or anal fissure. Other more serious causes include inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulosis or growths like polyps or even malignant tumors. Have your physician examine you for diagnosis although I doubt serious disease in your case. ...Read more

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Will preparation h cause dark stool or bad smell?

No but it: Has very little benefit if anything at all for hemorrhoids or fissures. Rest assured if it helps, you do not have serious hemorrhoid problems. ...Read more

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I have a 4 month old who is exclusively breastfed. His stools always smell very bad. What may be causing this? Should I be concerned?

I have a 4 month old who is exclusively breastfed. His stools always smell very bad. What may be causing this? Should I be concerned?

Depends: The poo smell is determined by the digestive bacteria they all have. Use of a probiotic might change the balance of the kids gut germs and change the odor, but poo will always stink. The most stinky poo comes with kids that have malabsorption, where many nutrients and fat are left for the germs to a digest.Cystic fibrosis produce room clearing smells, but this is usually picked up in NB screens ...Read more

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I've been have greasy stool that smell really bad. Along with weight loss but I've noticed the stool vary in color from orange/reddish to green.?

I've been have greasy stool that smell really bad. Along with weight loss but I've noticed the stool vary in color from orange/reddish to green.?

Hang in there: Hello Mike, sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well lately. Are there any foods which you notice that upset your stomach? There are several things to consider in order to come to a proper evaluation and try to narrow down the possible causes. Stress, new dietary changes, new medications, or recent illnesses can all contribute to your symptoms. I can help. Please contact me privately. ...Read more

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My stools sink and they don't smell bad but there is oil at the top of the water bowl. Could this be steatorrhea?

My stools sink and they don't smell bad but there is oil at the top of the water bowl. Could this be steatorrhea?

Steatorrhea.: Oil and fat in the stool could represent steatorrhea, which may suggest malabsorption of fats. How long has this going on? Does it happen all the time or just every once in a while? I'd need more information to really be able to help you further, but this could be steatorrhea, yes. ...Read more

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My urine smells like feces and I don't have a UTI or any infection. My DR didn't seem to concerned about it. I very worried because of the bad smell?

My urine smells like feces and I don't have a UTI or any infection. My DR didn't seem to concerned about it. I very worried because of the bad smell?

Please see urologist: Main reason urine to have that odor is if there is fistula, some connection between bladder & bowels.
Infection may cause it. Do you notice bubbles when urinating? Is the urine discolored?
I don't know your age, but this problem should be pursued. Please see a urologist. ...Read more

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My 10 month old son's stools smelled of vomit after I tried him with baby greek style yogurt. Does this mean he isn't ready for yogurt? I read that this smell in stools can be indicative of celiac disease so it's a little worrying. He is otherwise fine an

My 10 month old son's stools smelled of vomit after I tried him with baby greek style yogurt. Does this mean he isn't ready for yogurt? I read that this smell in stools can be indicative of celiac disease so it's a little worrying. He is otherwise fine an

Healthy?: If he is healthy otherwise, you need not be concerned. If you don't like the odor of the stool from the yogurt, then you should stop feeding this to him since this is not an essential food. Celiac is related to gluten which is not present in yogurt (unless certain cereal is added). ...Read more

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What causes anal fissures and hemorrhoids to smell so bad besides having stool get stuck on it?

What causes anal fissures and hemorrhoids to smell so bad besides having stool get stuck on it?

Odors are a function: Of the foods you are eating and poor local hygeine. Another possibility is an infection due the fissure but you would have pretty bad pain and possible fever as well. ...Read more

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