Floating stools alone do not indicate an illness or problem, and they do not require home care. If a change in diet has caused problems, try to find and eliminate the offending food.
It is important to discuss a change in stool characteristics with a doctor if it continues for more than a couple of weeks. If blood, fever, or dizziness accompanies these changes, consult a doctor immediately.
A health care provider will normally take a family history and disease history, and will perform a physical examination.
A stool sample and blood tests may be requested. In most cases, however, these tests will not be needed.
You may be asked the following medical history questions:
Treatment depends on the specific diagnosis. Strictly follow your health care provider's instructions, including diet recommendations.
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