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Sticky Poo: Causes of Sticky Stools

  1. The most ideal stool is comparable to a banana: a soft consistency, a round shape and a smooth surface. Changes in diet, illness or medication use may cause changes in stool consistency. Sometimes people have to deal with sticky stools that are difficult to flush. When a disease is the cause of the sticky poop, treatment is needed or complications arise.

Causes of Sticky Stools

  1. Bleeding in the digestive tract Worms in the gut may lead to chronic bleeding in the gut. This causes a black tarry and smelly stool that is also sticky (melaena). Black stools


  1. If the sticky stool persists for more than two weeks, medical advice is needed, especially for people over 50. Constipation or diarrhea that lasts for one week is also a possible sign for a patient to see a doctor as it may indicate inflammatory bowel disease (inflammatory bowel disease), irritable bowel syndrome (symptoms of diarrhea and constipation), a thyroid problem or cancer. Also with changes in stool consistency in combination with other symptoms, such as blood in stool, pain, weight loss or fever

Sticky Poo Prevention

  1. A healthy diet with adequate amounts of fiber from fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains is good for gut health. People should take as little processed foods as possible and also reduce fat intake. Drinking water daily also ensures a more efficient digestion. People who have an allergic reaction to certain foods should avoid them. Sufficient exercise and a good night's rest are necessary to promote bowel movements. Probiotics

Complications from sticky stools

  1. Persistent sticky poop makes patients more prone to colon cancer.

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