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Bristol Stool Chart Type 7

Our digestive system is a complex and fascinating part of our body, and paying attention to the characteristics of our stool can provide valuable insights into its functioning. The Bristol Stool Chart is a widely recognized tool that categorizes stool into different types, helping us understand the variations in stool appearance and consistency.

Bristol Stool Chart Type 7


Type 7 stool, the seventh and final category on the chart, represents a stool consistency that is watery and entirely liquid in form. It is often described as having no solid pieces and being entirely liquid, similar to diarrhea.

While it may not be the most comfortable topic to discuss, understanding the features of Type 7 stool can help us identify potential digestive issues and take appropriate steps to promote better bowel health. In this article, we will explore the characteristics, potential causes, and management strategies related to Type 7 stool, equipping you with knowledge to better understand your digestive health and make informed decisions for optimal well-being.

Type 7 Stool: Watery and Entirely Liquid

Type 7 stool is characterized by its watery consistency, appearing entirely liquid in form. Let’s uncover the unique characteristics of Type 7 stool.

Example Images of Type 7 Stool

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Appearance of Type 7 Stool

When you observe Type 7 stool, you will notice that it is entirely liquid in form. It lacks any solid pieces or defined shape, appearing similar to water or a loose, unformed mixture. Type 7 stool can range from slightly loose to watery diarrhea.

Consistency of Type 7 Stool

Type 7 stool is characterized by its liquid consistency. It lacks the solidity and structure seen in other stool types, making it easy to pass but often associated with urgency and frequent bowel movements. The stool may be difficult to control, leading to potential accidents.

Causes and Implications of Type 7 Stool

Type 7 stool can be influenced by various factors, including diet, infections, medications, and underlying gastrointestinal conditions. Here are a few potential causes and implications.

Food Intolerance

Food intolerance happens when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food or food group. While it is not life threatening, it can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. A food intolerance is sometimes referred to as food sensitivity, these two terms are used inter-changeably. 

It is estimated around 20% of the world population has a food intolerance. It is very common and seems to be on the rise. 

Learn more about different types of food intolerance here.

Infections

Bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections can lead to loose stools and diarrhea, resulting in Type 7 stool. These infections may be accompanied by other symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, fever, or nausea.

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Food Poisoning

Consuming contaminated food or water can cause acute gastrointestinal distress, leading to loose stools and diarrhea. Bacterial toxins or pathogens can trigger an inflammatory response in the gut, resulting in Type 7 stool.

Medications

Certain medications, such as antibiotics or laxatives, can disrupt the natural balance of gut bacteria or stimulate bowel movements, leading to loose stools or diarrhea. It is important to discuss any medication-related concerns with your healthcare provider.

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Gastrointestinal Disorders

Chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or celiac disease can cause chronic loose stools or diarrhea. These conditions often have additional symptoms and require proper medical evaluation and management.

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More Example Images of Type 7 Stool

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Addressing & Managing Type 7 Stool

If you experience Type 7 stool, it is important to address the underlying cause and manage any accompanying symptoms. Consider the following tips.

Hydration

Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Water, clear broths, and electrolyte-rich beverages can help replenish lost fluids and prevent dehydration.

Rest Your Digestive System

Give your digestive system a break by avoiding foods that may exacerbate diarrhea, such as spicy or greasy foods, high-fiber foods, caffeine, or alcohol. Stick to a bland diet of easily digestible foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (BRAT diet).

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Understanding Overflow Diarrhea

It’s important to be aware of the possibility of developing a condition called overflow diarrhea when experiencing frequent Type 7 stool. Overflow diarrhea occurs when liquid stool leaks around a partial blockage in the lower gastrointestinal tract, such as the colon or rectum. This leakage happens when liquid stool bypasses the blockage, leading to loose and frequent bowel movements.

Causes of Overflow Diarrhea

Overflow diarrhea is commonly associated with underlying conditions such as chronic constipation, fecal impaction, intestinal obstruction, or nerve damage. When a blockage occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, liquid stool can accumulate above the obstruction and result in overflow diarrhea. Learn more about Overflow Diarrhea here.

Seek Medical Evaluation

If you experience persistent or severe diarrhea, blood in the stool, signs of dehydration, or other concerning symptoms, it is important to seek medical evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Even More Example Images of Type 7 Stool

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Conclusion:

Type 7 stool, characterized by its watery and entirely liquid consistency, indicates loose stools or diarrhea. It can be influenced by various factors, including infections, food poisoning, medications, or underlying gastrointestinal conditions.

By understanding the characteristics and potential causes of Type 7 stool, you can take appropriate steps to manage the condition, promote hydration, and seek necessary medical attention.

If you suspect a food intolerance causing diarrhea, learn more about different types of food intolerance here.

All the stool pictures featured on this website have been generously provided by participants in our IBS Dietitian programs. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every client who has granted us permission to utilize their stool pictures, contributing to the development of this informative and educational platform. thank all of our clients for granting us permission to use their stool picture to create this educational website.

References:

American College of Gastroenterology. (2021). ACG clinical guideline: management of irritable bowel syndrome. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 116(1), 17-44. doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000001001

American College of Gastroenterology. (2020). ACG Clinical Guideline: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 115(2), 165-178. doi:10.14309/ajg.0000000000000501

Mayo Clinic. (2022). Stool Colors: What They Mean. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/stool-color/expert-answers/faq-20058080

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2017). Gas in the Digestive Tract. Retrieved from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gas-digestive-tract

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