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What is the relationship between osmosis and diarrhea?

What is the relationship between osmosis and diarrhea?

A cause of diarrhea: Osmosis is the movement of water across a membrane and naturally occurrs to acheive homeostasis. When you consume a concentrated substance which cannot be absorbed, this substance pulls water out of your intestinal mucosa and bloodstream and into the lumen of your bowels causing it to be watery (ex: sorbitol, lactulose, polyethylene glycol (miralax), sodium phosphate (fleets) and others). ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Does anyone else get diarrhea after running? Is there a connection?

Does anyone else get diarrhea after running?  Is there a connection?

Yes: Diarrhea can occur after an intense session or a long run. Your body diverts blood away from your gut/intestines to supply your working muscles. This often leads to intestinal distress, and diarrhea in some runners. At a race, 'nerves' and race-anxiety can also cause diarrhea, commonly referred to as the 'runner's trots'. Use caution with gels and hydration mixes, since they can also be culprits. ...Read more

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How serious is having diarrhea off and on for the past month could there be a connection between that and being told something is off with your liver

How serious is having diarrhea off and on for the past month could there be a connection between that and being told something is off with your liver

It Can be: You should get checked and find out from your doctor: what is the cause of your diarhhea? It may be infection, malabsorption or due to irritable bowel. Liver function tests(lfts) should be checked if not done already. If the lfts are abnormal, then you need to find the cause? It can be hepatitis, alcohol or some intrinsic disease of the liver, which may need to do a liver biopsy, possibly. ...Read more

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I have recently started a vegan diet (yesterday) and for some reason i wake up this morning to have yellow watery diarrhea. Any connection?

I have recently started a vegan diet (yesterday) and for some reason i wake up this morning to have yellow watery diarrhea. Any connection?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that they are connected, however it is possible that you ate something you do not normally eat, for example the sugar lactose, that your body can not digest well that could cause diarrhea. You should make sure you keep up with your fluids so you do not get dehydrated. If it does not resolve or you are having trouble keeping up with fluids call your doctor. ...Read more

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The house my husband and I are renting has an awful ammonia smell, and we have been sick (throwing up, diarrhea) since we moved in. Any connection?

The house my husband and I are renting has an awful ammonia smell, and we have been sick  (throwing up, diarrhea) since we moved in. Any connection?

Might be: Animal wastes, fertilizers and home cleaners are most common source of ammonia. Ammonia levels 25ppm can cause headaches, nausea, burning eyes, burning throat burning lungs. ? vomiting and diarrhea unless high exposure or ingestion. What every the culprit call the Department of Health for and inspection. Move out until deemed safe! ...Read more

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How are osmosis and diarrhea related?

How are osmosis and diarrhea related?

Osmotic Diarrhea: Hyperosmolar contents in the intestine draws more fluid from the body into the lumen by the process of osmosis, causing more diarrhea. For this reason too much fruit juice is not recommended during diarrhea episode. ...Read more

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Is there any relationship between menstruation and either gassiness or diarrhea?

Is there any relationship between menstruation and either gassiness or diarrhea?

Yes: The hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle have been associted with changes in bowel habits and are a common cause of irritable bowel type symptoms. ...Read more

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Menstrual like cramps and diarrhea a day after sex. Is this normal? Monogamous relationship. First time this has happened.

Menstrual like cramps and diarrhea a day after sex. Is this normal? Monogamous relationship. First time this has happened.

Unrelated?: I don't know of any reason that sex would cause diarrhea. Cramps can be from a ruptured cyst, ovulation pain, infection, or just from being a little rougher than normal. But diarrhea is an odd symptom. Maybe it's something you ate? If it's not resolving in 24-48 hours, call your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more