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Stools - foul smelling
Alternative namesFoul-smelling stools
DefinitionFoul-smelling stool is usually associated with diet, but may be an indication of a medical condition.
ConsiderationsStool normally has an unpleasant odor, but one that is recognized as fairly common. Stools that have an extremely bad, out-of-the-ordinary odor may be associated with certain medical conditions. Foul-smelling stools also have normal causes, most notably diet.
Foul smelling stools may occur in conjunction with floating stools .
Home CareHome care depends on the specific diagnosis. Follow your health care provider's instructions closely, and adhere strictly to prescribed diets. If you have diarrhea, make sure to increase your water intake to avoid dehydration.
Call your health care provider if
If you have associated symptoms -- abdominal pain, fever, chills, cramping, weight loss, stools that float or are difficult to flush, blood in the stool, black or pale stools, mucus in the stool, or diet-related changes in your stool -- call your health care provider.
Foul-smelling stools are a single symptom of a disease complex. Other symptoms and signs are generally present. Your health care provider will take a family and disease history, then complete a physical examination .
Medical history questions may include:
After seeing your health care provider:
You may want to add a diagnosis related to the cause of foul-smelling stools to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 1/26/2004Sreeni Jonnalagadda, M.D., Interventional and Pancreatobiliary Endoscopy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT