A change in bowel habits refers to a change in stool, meaning frequency, consistency, color, or how much control you have over when you move your bowels (incontinence).
Abnormal changes in the color of stool can include:
- Black, tarry stools
- Clay-colored stools
- Deep red stools
- White-colored stools
Changes in the consistency of stool can include:
- Dry stools
- Hard stools
- Mucus or fluid that leaks out around the stool
- Watery, loose stools (diarrhea)
Changes in bowel habits can be caused by a temporary infection, taking certain medications, or by a long-term (chronic) condition. Some chronic conditions that commonly cause changes in bowel habits include:
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Ulcerative colitis
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