Stool Changes

Stool changes are referred to as the abnormal color of stools, changes in the consistency and frequency of stools. Changes in bowel habits can occur due to Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid disorders, diverticulosis, and celiac disease. Taking medications and an increased amount of laxatives can affect bowel movements. Abnormal color changes observed in stools are black-colored stools, clay-colored stools, deep red stools, and white-colored stools. Changes observed in the consistency of stool are dry stools, hard stools, mucus that leaks around the stool, and loose stools. Normal stools appear brown and they are easy to pass.

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Increased stool frequency after proctocolectomy surgery. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had proctocolectomy surgery one year back. It has been five months to ileostomy closure surgery. My daily stool frequency is nine to 10 times daily. The stool is not hard one. I am having a lot of burning inside and outside of the anus. There is no pain but there is itching and burnin...  Read Full »

Dr. Datta Ram. U

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is normal to have increased frequency after a pouch. As the effluent is liquid and is only ileal content, it may cause itching around the anus. Hemorrhoids will be out after proctocolectomy. Things will get better with time. There is also slightly higher chance of d...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a child to have bowel movement every time they pass urine?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter of 10 years passes stool every time she urinates. This is happening the last two days. She is somewhat plumpy, otherwise healthy. Currently, she has a cold and cough but, not taking medication. Last week, she took Metacef for a chest congestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bowel and bladder dysfunction are quite common during illness. There is nothing much to fear. Did she have any antibiotic in the recent past? Does she complain of any abdominal pain? Could you specify whether the stool consistency was watery or solid? I suggest tab...  Read Full »

I have blood in my stools. Should I get tested for colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had seen blood in my stool, for which I consulted a doctor and sent the sample for testing; they confirmed that blood was found in it. Also, I have noticed that my stool size looks thinner and narrower than normal over a few occasions. I want to get some advice on what could be caus...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Please answer the following questions: Do you have history of constipation? Did you have any weight loss? Did you have any lower abdominal pain? Is it visible fresh red blood or microscopic blood? Is there a fami...  Read Full »

I saw black flakes on my stool. What does it mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old, I have IBS, and I have had it since I was 15. I had my first colonoscopy at 30 because I wanted to be safer than sorry. I eat healthy food, do not smoke, and do not usually drink. I work out. I started on the paleo diet about six weeks ago, and everything has been ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Was it anything in your diet that might explain the flecks? You said you eat bananas every day. Sometimes bananas have black seeds that appear in the stool that way. Similarly, other food particles which are not properly digested come out through the stool and may ap...  Read Full »

I have gas bubbles in my stools with an unpleasant smell. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old. I have gas bubbles in my stools with an unpleasant smell. I am also underweight and have GERD-like symptoms. What could be the reason for this? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gas bubbles in stools are normal. I mean, stool and gas have the same passage. If you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), then you should be evaluated and treated. It needs a detailed history, physical examination, and baseline laboratory investigations to s...  Read Full »

Why is my 32 days old daughter not pooping regularly?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 32 days old and is a breastfed baby. She normally passes stool two to three times a day. For the past seven days, she is not regular in pooping. She pooped four times throughout seven days that too like a paste. We consulted a doctor three days before and were told that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, It is normal for the baby to have irregular pooping for at least three months. If you are saying that the baby was passing stool two to three times a day before, then, I will say increase breastfeeding frequency and duration. Baby passing paste like motion can be ...  Read Full »

My mother gets some lengthy white substance in her stools. Should we be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is suffering from a motion problem. She is suffering from a long-term motion problem. In her stools, she is getting some lengthy white substances, some time she gets white balls in her stool. She is in bed because of her leg fracture. She is taking a tablet called Oflox oz (Oflo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the case history of your mother (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and she is bedbound due to her leg fracture. To diagnose an infection in her stools or not, you should get a test known as stool detailed report; this can give a...  Read Full »

My poop is normal but I am worried about the frequency. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been defecating four to five times a day for the last four to five months. I have not sensed any symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or blood in the stool. The poop is completely normal. I am worried about the frequency.  Read Full »

Dr. Sudeb Mukherjee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems to be a case of functional diarrhea. An abnormal passage of a small volume of stool at an increased frequency is most likely due to rectal urgency. You can get the stool tested for OPC (ova/parasite/cyst). If it is negative, do not worry. There is nothing a...  Read Full »

My stool has bright red blood in itga. What caused this to happen?

Query: Hi doctor, While using the washroom recently, I noticed blood on my stool, and when I wiped it. The color was bright red, with no dark spots or streaks. There is no family history of colon problems. For the past two months, I have been taking a symbiotic, which has greatly improved my digestive sys...  Read Full »

Dr. Jagdish Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A fresh blood spot on the wipe usually indicates piles (lumps inside and around the anus). Internal piles usually do not cause any pain or swelling. It improves with increased fiber intake. Secondly, a colonoscopy (a procedure in which a doc...  Read Full »

Can my current medication of Normaxin and Rifagut cure chronic diarrhea?

Query: Hello doctor,My weight is 47 kg, and my height is 5 feet and 9 inches. I was diagnosed with chronic diarrhea. The doctor has suggested medicines like Normaxin, Rifagut 400 and VSL#3. Are these effective for chronic diarrhea and gas? What foods should I take so that I start gaining some weight?  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The medicines you are on are usually used to treat chronic diarrhea. In addition, I can suggest a few things. Avoid the long-term use of these medicines. Keep it handy for troublesome situations only. Try to lead a stress and anxiety-free life, as these can alter your ...  Read Full »

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