Floating Stools: Causes, Diagnosis & Prevention
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What causes floating stools? 7 possible conditions

Stools normally sink in the toilet. But your diet and other factors can cause your stools to change in structure. This may result in floating. Floating stools are usually nothing to be concerned about. They’re not always a symptom of an illness or disease.... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Gas & Flatulence

Flatulence is a medical term for releasing gas from the digestive system through the anus. It's also commonly known as farting, passing wind, or having gas. It occurs when gas collects inside the digestive system, an...

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2

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose is commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. A person becomes lactose intolerant when his or her smal...

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3

Giardiasis

Giardiasis is an infection in your small intestine caused by microscopic parasites called giardia.

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4

Malabsorption Syndrome

Malabsorption syndrome occurs when the intestine's ability to absorb important nutrients is compromised. Certain conditions, such as Celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, and dairy allergies may lead to malabsorption.

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5

Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic, or long-term, pancreatitis is an inflammation of your pancreas that impairs your body's ability to digest food and regulate blood sugar.

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6

Celiac Disease (Gluten Intolerance)

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. Learn about celiac disease systems, diagnosis, and treatment.

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7

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis causes severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems. Learn about its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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