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Effect of laxatives on pre-existing hard stool

Hard stool that stays in the colon for more than a couple of days is called "fecal impaction." Most medical sources recommend treating it with manually removing the stool (by a doctor, if necessary) ...
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Why does my girlfriend have such smaller stools when we eat the same food?

Modern evidence-based medicine won't be able to fully answer your question, but there are indications that bacteria, or more exactly, the individual gut flora heavily influence your fecal weight or ...
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Red colors food and impact on stool colors

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following can turn your stool red: Red food coloring, beets, cranberries, tomato juice or soup, red gelatin or drink mixes. A quick google search for "...
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What medications (whether prescription or OTC) or home-remedies are used for stool-softeners or laxatives (to counteract constipation)?

This is not a medical recommendation, you should speak to your doctor. Generally speaking, paraffin oil, lactulose syrup and dietary fiber supplements are common OTC medications for constipation. It ...
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Is it possible to have both constipation and diarrhea at the same time?

Yes, constipation and diarrhea can occur simultaneously - the situation is called paradoxical or overflow diarrhea. Paradoxical diarrhea or overflow incontinence may occur is a a person who has ...
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Why would blue food colouring turn green after "intestinal assistance"?

Normally I would vote this sort of question as seeking medical advice which we cannot provide, but I see that it is just a curiosity and not strictly looking for a medical diagnosis. Having said that ...
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Why do you end up high on the Bristol stool scale when you are hungover?

The stool at the top of the image of Bristol stool scale looks as separate hard lumps (Type 1), which means there's a lack of water in it, which can be due to: Drinking insufficient amount of water ...
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Urinating while excreting

There are voluntary and involuntary muscles on urination. The default circuit is to close the involuntary during and before bowel. It is a way of the body forcing you to clear the bowel. urination
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