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Friday, September 4, 2015
Unformed, mushy stools
About a month ago I had diarrhea that lasted about a day. I assumed it was something I had ate the night before at a restaurant. Since that time I have had really soft, unformed bowel movements every morning - but only once a day.
Prior to that I would have "normal" bowel movements but ended with soft stool. I`m concerned about the change and no matter what foods I add/eliminate, they don`t change back to "normal." Thanks for any insight.
A change in bowel habits after an illness is quite common, even after a day. However, if it persists, you need to consider other ailments like colitis, Crohn's disease, other infections. Lactose is also a common culprit so eliminate dairy to see if things improve. If not, consult your primary care doctor.
Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University