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What can be causing my stool to be almost entirely liquid

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What can be causing my stool to be almost entirely liquid?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Hi Daniel,
A few questions for you if you don't mind...
Do you take any medications?
Do you have any health problems?
Any blood in the stool?
How long has it been going on? Any pain with the stools?

Dr. Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No meds, no heath problems that i know of. There has been blood but not all the time (and I am going much more often than I normallhy do). Probably been going on about 2 weeks. The pain that i experience is around my anus ( I assumed it was from the irritation of so many bowel movements)
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thanks,
A couple more questions if you don't mind..
Recent travel?
Is the blood on the toilet paper? Mixed in with the stools? Bright red?
Any weight loss or fever?

Thanks,
Dr. Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I live and Work in Cairo Egypt. I recently went to Israel and am now back in the US. The blood has been on the toilet paper and is a bright red. No fever. Maybe a bit of weight loss.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thanks.
The blood is likely due to irritation then from all of the liquid stools.
The diarrhea/liquid stools could be due to an infection since you have traveled recently. I would recommend that you see your doctor for stool studies (where you give a stool sample--liquid stool is fine for a sample). The sample will check for any bacteria as well as any parasites that you may have contracted when you were in either Egypt or Israel.
I would consider infectious diarrhea the most likely cause for you because of your recent travel.
Other possibilities would be things like Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis and celiac disease as well as irritable bowel syndrome and other types of colitis.
But you need to rule out infectious diarrhea.
I hope this is helpful for you.
If you have more questions, please ask.
Dr. Abby
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