Floating Stools

Most commonly, floating stools are because of excess gas from what you eat or poor absorption of nutrients. Foods that are high in sugar, starch, and fiber, such as soft drinks, apples, and milk, commonly cause gas. Poor absorption or malabsorption is when the nutrients are not getting properly absorbed by the small intestine. Other medical conditions that can result in floating stools are cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome, and some rare genetic conditions.

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I am concerned about my square stools. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am interested in knowing what is happening in my body. I have been living with IBS most of my life. I used to go back and forth between constipation and diarrhea. Then about 10 years ago something changed in my body and I stopped getting constipation. Only about 10 percent of my mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, I see you have made your mind of passing three plus stools daily as a normal routine. I understand IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a chronic condition and that can lead to altered bowel movements, but indeed, this is can fairly be controlled with effective me...  Read Full »

What causes constipation and floating stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old who weighs 75 kg, and my height is 165 cm. Seven years earlier, I had a fever and constipation for three straight days. The fever resolved but since then, I have abnormal bowel movements. I also had a distended liver, but that is normal now. My stools always seem gre...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your reports look fine, except for the vitamin deficiencies. When the work up is not guiding us to a particular direction, then we should consider a functional disorder like irritable bowel syndrome. In IBS, there is constipation with discomfort. In such a si...  Read Full »

Can excess gas cause floating stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47 year old male. I have noticed floating stools for about two months. This may have been going on longer, but I just noticed two months ago and historically, this is not normal for me. Consistency is solid with somewhat limited quantity and more like you would expect with constipa...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are consistent with malabsorption of fat and lactose intolerance. There are various causes of malabsorption and indeed lactose intolerance, pancreatic insufficiency and gallbladder dysfunction are some of the well known causes. Bloating and soft...  Read Full »

Presence of white substance globbed together on my stools after having greasy food. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,After eating greasy food, the following day, I pass stool and floating on the top is a transparent white substance globbed together, my stool is not formed usually and is mostly short segments. I often go about four to five times a day, and sometimes less. I am not on any medication.  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not look like an infection to me. Could be due to some undigested food material. However, you have mentioned that a few tests have been performed. I would like to see the report before I comment further.  Read Full »

Suffering from floating stool and stomach pain. How can I help myself to get better?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a diabetic patient (type 1) for the past 12 years. I have never suffered from floating stool for such a prolonged time. I am suffering from this problem for the past six months. I am suffering from excessive gas and frequently get stomach aches. Can you please let me know the proble...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern for your symptoms. Floating stool is suggestive of abnormal digestion and absorption of fat from the diet which leads to an excess amount of fat in the stool. Stomach ache and gas are suggestive of indigestion due to lack of intestinal ...  Read Full »

Can gastrointestinal infection last for three months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male, and I am concerned about my health. I had an episode of possible food-borne illness, three months back. That time, I had shivers, fluttering pain in lower abdomen, fever, and high bilirubin. The symptoms have gone, except for occasional fluttering. My bilirubi...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most likely, it is gastroenteritis or stomach flu. Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that involves the stomach and small intestine. Signs and symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, backache, lack of energy, and dehydration. How...  Read Full »

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