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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Explosive Stool

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced explosive stool. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Food Poisoning

    Food poisoning is a common ailment that causes gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is caused by improperly handled or unrefrigerated food.

    1-3 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), dizziness
    Symptoms that never occur with food poisoning:
    severe fever, being severely ill, bloody diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Food Poisoning Caused by Bacillus Cereus

    Bacillus cereus is a bacteria that produces spores in a variety of foods, especially rice and leftovers that are left out at room temperature. It is relatively rare compared to other causes of food poisoning.

    Prognosis is good. Symptoms typically go away in 12 to 48 hours

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), diarrhea, vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Food Poisoning by the Staphylococcus Bacteria

    Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can be spread by food workers who handle food without washing their hands, and can also be found in unpasteurized milk and cheese products. Infection with this bacterium causes a stomach and intestinal illness in a short period of time, with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.

    Non-contagious illness usually lasting for 1 day (may take up to 3 days in rare cases).

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), vomiting
    Symptoms that always occur with food poisoning by the staphylococcus bacteria:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Food Poisoning Caused by Clostridium Perfringens

    Clostridium Perfringens is a bacteria that produces toxins in food, especially beef, poultry, and gravies. It's one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Infants, young children, and older adults are more likely to suffer from this type of food poisoning.

    The disease typically lasts 12-24 hours, but may last 1-2 weeks in elderly persons or infants

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), vomiting, watery diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    Usually resolves within 2-3 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    diarrhea, vomiting or nausea
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool, vaginal bleeding, alertness level change
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Cholera

    Cholera is a bacteria that causes watery, severe diarrhea in "endemic" regions, such as Africa, South, and Central America.

    2-3 days

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, severe diarrhea, being severely ill, watery diarrhea, excesive thirst
    Symptoms that always occur with cholera:
    diarrhea, watery diarrhea, being severely ill, severe diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Campylobacter Small Intestine Infection

    Infection with the Campylobacter bacterium is one of the leading causes of acute diarrhea worldwide. The risk for this infection is increased in people with HIV/AIDS.

    The diarrhea can subside within 7 days without treatment, but antibiotic treatment is recommended for faster recovery and avoidance of complications.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), general abdominal pain, fever, severe diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with campylobacter small intestine infection:
    diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.E. Coli Infection

    EHEC, or Enterhemorrhagic Escherichia coli, is a strain of bacterium that can be acquired worldwide through eating contaminated food, especially undercooked ground beef, raw produce, or ready-to-eat cold meats. Contracting this type of bacterium may lead to bloody diarrhea and severe pain the abdomen.

    With timely treatment, the disease will resolve within 2 to 5 days.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), being severely ill, general abdominal pain, fever
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  9. 9.Salmonella Infection

    Salmonella is a bacterium found in contaminated foods such as farm-to-table eggs, unpasteurized dairy, and undercooked poultry. Infection with Salmonella causes inflammation of the small and large intestines, and can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes fever.

    Symptoms will resolve without antibiotics in 3 to 7 days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), diarrhea, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), fever, being severely ill
    Symptoms that always occur with salmonella infection:
    diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  10. 10.Shigella Infection

    Shigella infection is an acute bacterial infection caused by a group of bacteria called shigella. The infection affects the intestines and can be passed through direct contact with the bacteria in the stool.

    4 to 6 weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, general abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, watery diarrhea, fatigue
    Symptoms that always occur with shigella infection:
    diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Explosive Stool Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced explosive stool have also experienced:

    • 13% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 10% Diarrhea
    • 6% Stomach Bloating
  • People who have experienced explosive stool were most often matched with:

    • 33% Food Poisoning
    • 33% Food Poisoning Caused by Bacillus Cereus
    • 33% Food Poisoning by the Staphylococcus Bacteria
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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