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I have been under extreme stress this week due to a loved one's unexpected hospitaliz

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I have been under extreme stress this week due to a loved one's unexpected hospitalization in ICU. Have been nervous and unable to eat much and lost 3 lbs. Am experiencing excessive terrible smelly
flatulence, soft stool, and some bright red rectal blood. First time it ever happened.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Occassionally have a small hemorrhoid appear, but maybe it could be internal?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there, Sorry to hear about your situation. Soft stool, terribly smelly flatulence suggest intestinal infection. Change in bacterial flora in the intestine will cause sulfur producing gas which is smelly. So, you likely got an infection from the hospital visits. Now this can be C difficile infection as well quite common in hospitals nowadays. Bright red blood can be from the internal hemorrhoids which may not be visible from outside. However, invasive bacterial infection can cause this as well. Hence I will suggest you to get stool tests including C diff toxin assay. Antibiotics may be required as well. Meanwhile follow a bland diet --avoid greasy or high fat containing food, caffeine, alcohol. Rice, soup, broth, bananas, cooked veggies, fruits without skin should be ok. Start taking a probiotic like Culturelle daily to improve the colonic flora which will help the most. You can try GasX strips and activated charcoal tablets to prevent smelly flatulence. Thank you for sharing your concerns with us today. If you have any additional questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to answer them. I wish you good health. Regards, ***** *****
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. I will contact my dr. on Monday.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
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