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Can chinese food cause diarrhea?

Can chinese food cause diarrhea?

Diarrhea: Almost any food can cause diarrhea if it is consumed in large quantities or the body is not used to it. Additionally spices or hot peppers or hot sauces can cause diarrhea in some people. We have all heard the term travelers diarrhea. This is not always an infection but a reaction to new foods the body is not used to. ...Read more

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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Which type of food causes light diarrhea?

Which type of food causes light diarrhea?

Depends on in : Individual sensitivity. Food with bacterial contamination or bacterial toxins will cause diarrhea on most people. Some people are sensitive to specific food, e.g., people with celiac disease are sensitive to food with wheat rye and barley. It would require taking a detailed person history and may be challenges with foods to sort out the issue. ...Read more

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Why is it that spicy foods cause us to have diarrhea?

Why is it that spicy foods cause us to have diarrhea?

Not true : That's just you. There is no basis for that statement. If you eat any kind of food which isn't part of your normal diet (e.g. New cuisines or adding spices when you normally don't eat them), then your gut may need to adjust it's exocrine functions and gut flora accordingly. But if it is part of your usual diet, you don't get those symptoms. ...Read more

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My 13 month old has had diarrhea for over 2 weeks now and for the past 4 days, he hasn't been digesting his food at all. What can be the cause?

My 13 month old has had diarrhea for over 2 weeks now and for the past 4 days, he hasn't been digesting his food at all. What can be the cause?

Probably a virus: The cause of indigestion after a bout of diarrhea in small children, which is generally caused by viruses, is secondary lactose intolerance and damage to intestinal lining, called mucosa which helps in absorption of food, Get him checked at his pediatrician to see if he has lost weight and other testing that may be indicated. In the meantime try yogurt and other probiotic to imp. digestive flora. ...Read more

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How can you tell what food caused your diarrhea?

How can you tell what food caused your diarrhea?

Keep a dairy: Keep a dairy of your intake and look for an association between what you are eating and the possible cause of your diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the causes of diarrhea and what foods make you have it?

What are the causes of diarrhea and what foods make you have it?

Sugar, fat: High amounts of simple sugars can cause a diarrhea, as weel as too much artificial sweeteners with xylitol for example. Also, some people dont tolerate too much fat in their diet and within a half hour of eating a large fatty meal can have diarrhea. ...Read more

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I am getting diarrhea, and food does not seem to be a cause. This goes on and off randomly throughout the week. What should I do?

I am getting diarrhea, and food does not seem to be a cause. This goes on and off randomly throughout the week. What should I do?

Maybe: Diahrrea means there is too much water content in the stool. It is frequently infectious but at times it is not. Make sure you clean and dry hands carefully b4 eating. Use Purell. Eat BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast) to help firm up stool. Take Loperide (Imodium) to slow down peristalsis. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing diarrhea on-and-off for the past 6 months. It doesn't seem to be linked to the food i'm eating. What else could cause this?

Need evaluation: Diarrhea over 6 months may be due to chronic infection, malabsorption and less common reasons. It appears that you are under the care of a doctor and it would be prudent to discuss the issue with your doctor as more history and tests may be needed. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea caused by not chewing food enough, or chewing food too much, anxiety, anger, or mixture of foods?

None of the above: These are all basically folk medicine and superstition. Life is difficult enough without misguided, well-intentioned repeating stuff like this. If your diarrhea lasts longer than a week, or you feel week or are losing weight, get with your physician for a scientific explanation. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more