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What Is The Best Treatment For Gray Stools
Silver vs. Melena?: 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
My 3y/o daughter have been passing watery yellow stool or a firm but soft beige color like stool. But today she had a loose gray stool. What's wrong? Ty
Many causes: There are many causes and the only way to come to a diagnosis would be to have her examined and also have microscopic examination of her stools. In addition to bacteria and viruses we also need to look for Giardia and amoebas. This can also happen due to allergy and milk intolerance. So make an appointment and have her seen. ...Read more
Hi, I've been taking famotidine for about 2 weeks and am having white/ very light gray stools. Should I be concerned, or is this a side effect of pill?
What does it mean when you have a gray stool? I take 325mg daily of ferrous sulfate (iron) so the stool is usually black. It has been gray for about a week.
Good: Good news! The only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). And in your case since you take iron, black stool would be expected and not worrisome. Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, gray, even blue (blue kool-aid or blueberries) or purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If you have a persistent change in your stool habits, you should contact your physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a short period of strange stools that are not red, black or white is usually of no concern. ...Read more
Biliary problems: Stool can be gray or clay-colored if it contains little or no bile. The pale color may signify a condition (biliary obstruction) where the flow of bile to the intestine is obstructed, such as, obstruction of the bile duct from a tumor or gallstone in the duct or nearby pancreas. ...Read more
Dark 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
My 8 month old son had a thick gray stool tonight almost a dark bluish gray. Could this mean something bad? His still this morning was normal
What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?
My 1-year-old daughter has had 2-3 whitish/gray stools in the last 2-3 days. No jaundice, eating normally, normal energy, no apparent distress. ER?
Stool color: Stool color can mean a lot if it is persistent. Stool color changes are most often due to diet changes or eating "other" stuff. If your daughter is otherwise healthy I believe you can wait this one out. If you have suspicion of ingesting something inappropriate then the ER. If she has a liver infection as you seem to be thinking the stool will stay pale for longer. ...Read more
Should I take 16 yr old son to e r for gray stool and black vomit? Had blood in stool before. Blood work ok last month, started miralax (polyethylene glycol).
He's bleeding somewhere
My 4 month baby stool color is grey and he is bottle feeding and test report showing candida yeast. Please suggest treatment & what are the reasons?
My 4 months old baby stool color is grey. What are the reasons for grey color of stool and treatments. He is bottel feeding?
? normal: This could be normal. White stools could signify liver disease. I would observe for a few days. Check with your dr. If persists. ...Read more
Followv up w gi doc: Acute flare up with steroid but many option regarding with maintenance treatment. Your local GI guy would be best serve you. ...Read more
You need to get: To a specialist right away. It sounds like you are having an acute flare up. This can result in a life-threatening emergency. ...Read more
No other disease?: One with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If due to slow movement of food and poop through the gut, then things to try are leafy vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes and similar fruits, fiber with water, Miralax (polyethylene glycol), Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, or other laxatives. Impaction needs laxatives, an enema, maybe with a helping hand. ...Read more
Determine cause: Black stools could be due to iron supplements, bismuth antidiarrheal agent (e.g. Pepto bismol), or bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract or sometimes right side of the colon. Bleeding can cause black, sticky, smelly bowel movements. If not taking iron or busmuth, or it continues after stopping, it really is necessary to get seen and be sure there is not a serious but treatable cause.. ...Read more
Found a rice-like worm in my 2 year old's stool, when it moved it stretched very thin, white very tiny, pinworms? Best OTC treatment? Other info?
Fat droplet in stool: 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. You are describing steatorrhea--due to maldigestion, pancreatic insufficiency, ingestion of olestra or orlistat, high fat intake... ...Read more
My three months old daughter has diarrhoea and there is mucus in the stool. What should be the treatment?
3 yo and diarrhea: Has she been on antibiotics - if so - probably best to take her to a doctor to be checked if not and if this an acute issue - probably the best is to put her on a clear liquid diet - apple juice, jello, gatorade or pedialyte or water ice is fine. If she tolerates this - gradually increase her diet to a brat (banannas, rice cereal, applesause, and dry toast) no dairy though for several days. ...Read more
Having untreated thread worms (small yellow worms) at 12yrs but no signs of worms in stools now as an adult, would you still need treatment?
No: Most of these kinds of worm infections are short-lived, and if it was effectively treated, and you have no symptoms, there should not be a problem. ...Read more
If the loose bowel happens following a firm stool once a week, is this a condition that needs treatment? It feels like nature's way of cleansing.
Stool variation: It's not necessarily a bad thing. Stool consistency can be very dependent on what you eat (fiber, vegetables, etc) and what you drink. As long as there's not blood in the stool, there's no fevers, belly pain, and you're getting colon cancer screening tests at the appropriate intervals, I wouldn't worry about it too much. ...Read more
Got salmonella typhi while travelin. No more symptoms but + stool after treatment. Will seek treatment again. Need to report to public health dept?
The physician or:
Health Care Professional who treats you should report it to appropriate State Agency since this is an organism which can produce OUTBREAKS involving many people (eg Tainted food)
Hope this is helpful
BTW you must obtain THREE (3) negative stools to be sure you are not an asymptomatic "carrier".. ...Read more
I find it difficult to stool because the feaces is hard and blood do come out after forced defecation. What could cause this and the treatment. Thanks?
Plugged Plumbing: Constipation helpers: eat whole grains, lots of fruit&veggies, oatmeal, psyllium, ground flaxseed, metamucil. Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid a day. Take over the counter docusate, bisacodyl, or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (take more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) when you're really plugged up, less when you're loose-y goose-y). Get moving 60 minutes every day. Talk with your doc: the blood may be hemorrhoids or something more concerning. ...Read more
My son is 7, he's had loose stools like 4-5 times/day, for last 3 days. Last night was loose, greenish with red specks. Is this dangerous & treatment?
Treat gastroenteritis: Your son is having infective diarrhea or dysentry, may be bacterial infection leading to loose motion and blood in stool. Consult your doctor get the treatment done as soon as possible. He may need blood test, stool test, i.V. fluids and antibiotics ...Read more