A man makes a horrified face while looking at toilet paper; weird stool concept

5. Liquid Stool

Stool typically has a firm or semi-firm consistency, which means that liquid or runny stool can come as a surprise.

What is runny stool?

Runny stool or liquid stool are simply other terms for diarrhea. It’s common to experience bouts of diarrhea now and again, and they are not always cause for alarm. For instance, eating a liquid-based diet or using laxatives can result in runny stool.

What else causes diarrhea?

Other potential causes of liquid stool include:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Food intolerance
  • Food poisoning
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Infections
  • Irritable bowel diseases, like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pancreatitis, or chronic pancreas inflammation

Diarrhea is no fun, but neither is the opposite problem…

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