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Having smelly and sticky stool with gas problem. What could be the cause and prevention?

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For the last 2 weeks having smeely stool and sticky too. Some days it is coupled with gas problems. need advice how to proceed and what could be the reason for this. How to take care?
Posted Tue, 18 Jun 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 hours later

Thank you for the query.

Such symptoms are most likely caused by chronic bacterial infection. Especially that you have had food poisoning many times. Due to food poisoning, your "good" intestine bacteria has been damaged. This "good" bacteria are extremely important for proper bowels function. They protect intestines from "bad" bacteria. Due to lack of this "good" bacteria, "bad" bacteria have appeared in your intestines. This bacteria produce gas what causes stool smelling bad.

Other possible reason of your symptoms is diet change (if there were any), food allergy and intolerance, pancreas inflammation.

I suggest you to start with stool tests and stool culture test to determine which bacteria are causing your problem and what antibiotic will be the most effective. Please discuss with your doctor Rifaximine treatment (this is a very good and special for such infection antibiotic).

In a meanwhile avoid fatty foods, fried foods, spicy foods. Try some mild diet. You should also start taking probiotics.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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