The perfect poop – The Queen’s Medical Center – Ask A Specialist


IMPORTANT ONE. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT YOUR BOWEL MOVEMENT. THIS MORNING ON ASK A SPECIALIST DOCTOR TRACI MURAKAMI – GASTRO-ENTEROLOGIST AT THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER ROSS: 1Q. HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD YOU HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT – AND WHAT CAN AFFECT HOW OFTEN YOU GO? DR. TRACI MURAKAMI /GASTROENTEROLOGIST, THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER WHAT CAN AFFECT HOW FREQUENTLY YOU POOP? 3 BOWEL MOVEMENTS A DAY TO 3 A WEEK DIET/AGE ACTIVITY LEVEL ILLNESS OR INFECTION FOOD & BEVERAGE ROSS: 2Q: WHAT IS A NORMAL COLOR? WHAT IS A NORMAL POOP COLOR? STOOLS SHOULD BE CONSISTENT IN COLOR RED, BLACK, OR WHITE STOOLS SHOULD PROMPT A DOCTOR’S VISIT ROSS: 3Q: WHAT DOES THE CONSISTENCY OF IT MEAN? CONSISTENCY OF YOUR POOP STOOLS SHOULD BE SOMEWHAT SOFT AND EASY TO PASS STOOLS SHOULD SINK STOOLS THAT FLOAT MAY INDICATE FAT IN STOOL ROSS: WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DOCTOR? BOWEL MOVEMENT CHANGES THAT LAST LONGER THAN 2 WEEKS BLOOD IN YOUR STOOLS NO BOWEL MOVEMENT IN REGULAR DIFFICULTY PASSING STOOLS SEVERE ABDOMINAL PAIN ROSS: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WIDE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER’S – YOU CAN CALL THE QUEEN’S REFERRAL LINE AT 691-7117 – OR VISIT QUEENS.ORG KRIS: COMING UP IN SPORTS…A U-H

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