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What could be the cause for loose bowel movements more than twice a day?

I have had a change in bowel habits for about 6 months. I used to have 1 bowel movement/day or every other day. Now, every morning I have a movement that is loose (sometimes disintegrates when flushed), and will go again later in the morning, sometimes very loose, but not diarrhea, no pain, no cramps. I am 64 Female. I retired in March, eat well, love fruits, veggies, salads but I don t feel my diet has changed much except maybe less bread than when I was working.
Tue, 23 Jul 2019
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Hi,

Watery loose stools are in most cases caused by dietary causes or infectious ones. If this is caused by diet then he should try to rest more and switch to a diet of clear liquids.

Drink water, juice, bouillon and weak tea to avoid becoming dehydrated. Replace lost fluids and electrolytes with sports drinks. Avoid coffee or soft drinks that contain caffeine, since caffeine increases the loss of water and salt.

If you have nausea in addition to diarrhea, take very small sips of fluid frequently and suck on ice chips. He also may consider over-the-counter medications such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) or loperamide (Imodium).

In cases of infectious diarrheas, you should do microbiologist testing of stool and see the exact microbe and then antibiotics can be used additionally.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon

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