Last Updated on Feb 18, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which specialist should I consult for treatment of foul smelling stool?

You should consult your family physician who will examine you and conduct tests or make a referral to a gastroenterologist (a doctor specializing in diseases of the gut) if required.

2. Can anxiety result in foul smelling stool?

Yes. The gut and brain are closely interrelated. Anxiety can affect the gut and impair the digestive process and can cause diarrhea and foul smelling stool.

3. When should you see a doctor if you have foul smelling stool?

When foul smelling stool occurs persistently or is associated with symptoms such as severe diarrhea, blood in stool, blackish stool or unintentional weight loss, you should see a doctor for evaluation.

4. What is steatorrhea?

Steatorrhea refers to increased fat content in the stool. This occurs when the stool contains increased amounts of undigested fat as may occur in pancreatic disease or cystic fibrosis. Steatorrhea is suspected when the stool floats on the water in the toilet bowl.

5. Are there any natural remedies for treating foul smelling stool?

Yes. Colon cleansing agents such as milk thistle, bearberry, seed husk, cascara sagrada, and marshmallow can offer relief by flushing out the colon.

6. Can we prevent foul smelling stool?

Yes. Making dietary changes such as consuming smaller meals, reducing dairy products and fat in the diet, avoiding processed foods and including fresh fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce occurrence of foul smelling stool. It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Take probiotics to replenish the gut flora. Avoid smoking and alcohol as they can affect digestion.

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