how does spicy food cause the shits?

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My Shihtzu has a habit of picking her poop up off her poopy pad and carrying it somewhere else in the house and hiding it. The vet told me this is some sort of protective maternal thing that spayed female dogs do. But the real problem is my toddler now copies the pooch and is carrying his turds in his mouth and hiding them under his bed. Should I be worried about this behavior, or do you think it's just a phase?




Dr. Adams responds:


I am actually horrified that someone could be stupid enough to ask me this question!

Let me make sure I am clear here. You are asking me if I think you should be worried about your toddler carrying dog feces in his mouth???

First off, the fact that you could ask this question indicates to me that you are not fit to be a parent and pose a danger to the health and well being of your toddler. If you came to me in person and actually asked me this question, I would call the police and have you arrested for child abuse.

So obviously, the answer to your question is that your toddler should not be anywhere NEAR the dog feces. Dog feces are dangerous to all humans, especially little ones who do not have fully developed immune systems.

-- Dr. Adams

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150 Comments on "how does spicy food cause the shits?"

ThaiTay's picture
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Does spicy food make you have blood in your poop? because after i ate spicy food i had blood in my poop. please help thank you

Dave's picture
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That could be a hemorrhoid, or colon cancer, or just a piece of glass in your food. If it persists, go to the doctor.

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Or that "blood" might be peppers, pepper sauce, or something else red that you ate.

Disco Poo's picture
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Or red licorice. Damn leftover Halloween candy, scaring the crap out of me about my crap!

Di Uhreeah's picture
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Or Pumpkin seeds scraping your hole as they exit. Mmmm, Halloween treats......salty, salty seeds.

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dave wrote:
or just a piece of glass in your food.

Wow that's a disturbing thought. anybody have any experience with accidently swallowing a piece of glass?
whenever I discover I am drinking from a chipped bottle or glass I get paranoid

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Two words: Blender Drinks

(we drunkenly broke the blender once and drank glassy margaritas)

Disco Poo's picture
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Those are prizes... hey, a blasting cap!

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spicy food causes me to have wholesome, well formed stools

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Spagetti sauce makes me fart.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

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spicy foods make me poop a lot. like right away i feel it gurgling in my belly, too

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i have the shits big time, i went to the gym and worked my ass off on thursday and i felt really poorly on friday and ive had the shits eva since. Do u think its cos im working too hard at the gym cos im eating properly but im at the toilet every 10 minutes.

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It might be, Neo. If you are working out so hard that you are shitting yourself then you need to stop. This is not normal.

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I like to listen to music when I feel the need to take a grumper. Check it out.

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"The name......Is Neo (not verified) -- 10.02.2005
i have the shits big time, i went to the gym and worked my ass off on thursday and i felt really poorly on friday and ive had the shits eva since. Do u think its cos im working too hard at the gym cos im eating properly but im at the toilet every 10 minutes."

Neo et al, if you were not exercising regularly and then spontaneously decided to hit the gym and do a 5 hour workout of death, you can have these kinds of symptoms.

First of all, exercise (particularly of the endurance variety) after a prolonged period of inactivity (aka laziness) can loosen and move the bowels. You may have had some stored poo. Taking three to five substantial dumps following your first foray within 24 hours is not uncommon.

Second, if you really overdid it at the gym, you put your body in a "weakened" state. You may have naseau, the craps, a slight chest cold, etc. In other words, many similar signs to being sick or having a hangover.

I'm not a medical person, I just know this from a lifetime of working out and also going through periods of inactivity. I know when I start running again after not having done it I'll be taking some sweet, sweet dumps the next day.

In your case, however, it sounds like you probably tried to do way too much at the gym for your level of fitness and pushed your body "over the edge", essentially injuring it. That kind of exercise won't help you get in shape, just burn you out real quick and make you want to never go back.

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sometimes eating something really spicy gives me spicy shit and it feels spicy on the way out, i.e. it burns, particularly after eating my favourite walking home drunk snack, a chilli cheeseburger.

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The 'burn' you feel downstairs after eating spicy food is due to a chemical called capsaicin, this stuff is natural and present in almost all spicy foods, comes from chilli peppers. Capsacin binds to vanilloid receptors of sensory neurones triggering that feeling of pain so associated with nice spicy food, kinda ironic I know. Well anywho, wont go into detail too much but there's a high concentration of vanillod receptors(VR1) in your O-ring! And that's why it burns when you take a dump, no actual damage is occuring, just the sensation of burning.

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I eat spicy foods. I do not have the shits. I do not carry my shit in my mouth. I am scared shitless of you people. Someone help me.

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Hahaha, this is so funnyy.. i really enjoyed reading all this CRAP :) so is it true that spicy food can give u really squishy dumps? im a neurotic by the way..
thx

Anonymous Coward's picture
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i LOVE spicy food...i cannot get enough of it...altough whenever i eat it i shit just normally except it feels like someone is trying to stick 5 knifes up my butt...does anyone know how i can stop this from happening?? (and stop eating spicy foods is not even reasonable) plz help

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Ok spicy italian sausage and I'm jumping back and forth between my toilet and shower when it stops for a second. Gawd the burn is too much to bare, make it stop!!!

Mr R Burn's picture
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My ring is on fire right now! Anal chutney galore. I had to get off the tube train this morning and run to the nearest bogs, where my arse exploded and smelt awful! My arse Hole feels like i've shit battery acid and looks like a rust sherriff's badge! I'm now shiting rusty coloured water!

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Just keep eating it. The more chili you eat over a long period of time, the less your ass will be like Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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Not all kinds of spicy foods give me the spicy shits. sometimes mexican does, seldom italian, never indian chinese or middle eastern, but allways american, I think it has more to do with food handling safety, than it does with whats in it.

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Hmmmmm I guess this started OUT off topic and just continued. If you are from Milwaukee and have eaten at the legendary Real Chili just let me tell you there is nothing that compares yet to me anyway than the stench and burning of a real chili dump. The gas alone is lethal. But then again there is something to be said for Chili that can eat thru styrofoam. Ah Real Chili it just isnt for Breakfast anymore.
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habanero sauce is not something to mess around with, i lost a bet and had to drink an 8 oz glass of it, the amazaing sensation of fire i got ever time i exhaled made it all te way through my system and decided to ignite again upon exit, ugh, never again!

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I'm on the crapper having a burning O-ring diarrheal shit right now. Posting this from phone. Longf live chili dip

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TESCO spicy chicken wings (the ones in the plastic bucket) made me shit water....it smelt like spicy wings when it came out, with the added hint of rotten meat...the stench physically made me sick, as was the next poor git who used the crapper after me.....oh well.. time to go and grab a bottle of mineral water.

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I ate some stuffed peppers the other day and I almost shit myself 5 hours later. Is this normal? Also, my shit was green for 2 days and burned the fuck out of my ass. When I sat down on the couch it threw-up and now the dog wont even look in my direction.

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Your couch threw up? You have bigger problems than stuffed peppers, buddy, your house and furniture are possessed...GET OUT NOW!!!!

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if your couch throws up i think you must live in pee-wee's play house

Anonymous Coward's picture
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I pooped for 25 minutes straight after eating chili with peppers and a jalapeno cheeseburger. It was fire ass to the max. I didnt think I was going to stop shitting. It kept pouring out. Noe my ass is burning. HELP

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My couch threw up once. Oh, wait, no. That was the chihuahua hiding in the cushions.

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I'm confused... the title of this thread (about spicy food) seems to be unrelated to the question (about carrying shit in one's mouth). Hence why both issues have been discussed, in an apparently non-sequitur fashion. Is this a clerical error of some kind?

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For the advancement of scientific knowledge I just ate two Cuban
pork tamales. They were not particularly hot so I annointed them liberaly with Marie Sharp's "Beware" brand habanero sauce. It is now noon and I would not normally take a dump until 7 or 8 AM tomorrow. If I pinch a loaf any earlier than that I suppose it could be contributed to the spicy food. Not really very scientific but the best I can do.

The hot sauce comes with a label that states, "Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid conact with eyes or skin. Do not play tricks with the weak or elderly with this sauce." This should certainly qualify as spicy.

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Herbert, the world doesn't conform to any particular form or function, it ebbs and flows with distinct irregularity, so it goes on Poopreport. Keep your expectations low, and you'll never be disappointed, or thrown out of whack.
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Anonymous me's picture
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so a little bit of blood after eating really spicy wings is normal or no?

jihad jones's picture
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I've got the beer shits right now, smells awful!!

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Anon me: Blood in your stool is not normal. Spicy foods may (or may not) make your good go through more quickly, but they will not make you bleed. If the bleeding keeps up, see a doctor. A single instance usually doesn't lead to much of anything.

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I drank 14 guinesses and killed a bag of greasy pork rinds, with each rind doused in that chinese hot sauce with the rooster on the bottle. Long story short I had work at 7am and I was stuck on the crown at 650am with a nonstop fountain of red and brownish streams of fury spraying outta my anus hole. With each explosion I was thinking to myself, oh no I'm gonna be late for work again, lord help me! It felt like someone stuck a burning cattle prod up my anal opening. Moral of the story is Stout+pork+chinese hot sauce the night before work is worse than death itself.

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the greatest tip about spicy food and spicy poops. follow your spiciest meals with a tablespoon of metamucil in 8 ounces of water. it forms a gel in the stomache and coats the stool so when you poop the spice will not tragically burn your rectum. it will be like shitting a gelcap... brilliant if you ask me and I came up with it. get the smooth texture metamucil so its not gritty it will literally save your ass.

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I never posted the results of my experiment on 06.02.08. The extra spicy food did not send me to the commode any sooner than usual.

I generally eat chilies with every meal so maybe my innards have developed immunity. My normal breakfast is oatmeal with chopped jalapenos.......delicious.

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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

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Chief, with all those chilies, you probably have the cleanest colon in the world.

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Spicy food should not cause blood in the feces. Like someone said before, you may have eaten a piece of glass inadvertantly. Did you strain really hard? That can tear your rectum. After one of Dad's curries I have a gratifying warm poo and I look forward to it a lot.

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you guys made me laugh so hard...im still crying...i hear your pain, and some of you, i smell...everytime i go out and eat, and they say its spicy, i have to ask, how spicy, but that doesnt make sense bc even if i have to ask, its already too spicy..anything, everything...that remotely even smells spicy, will be out of my system in 4 hours or less, not the typical 8 hours, i have like a super highway GI tract...even white sauces kill me. i had to run home from a date after eating some real good alfredo sauce, thought i was going to pass out, i was seriously considering jumping in the nearest yard and destroying some bushes. god, i wouldnt want to be the gardner that next day.. stewed tomatoes come out like a jet engie on full throttle, its like the fountains in vegas.. i swear i lost 5 lbs that sitting, i sweat so bad i had to strip down, i was shaking like michael jackson at a day care for young boys...it stings so bad i have to wipe it down with a wet nap sometimes.. i have to try the metamusil thing next time...i feel for anyone that eats spicy then pays for it later on that night...oh, and thanks for making me laugh....

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I just had one of those chilli hamburgers last night and my shit was enourmous, it spread my touch hole like 2 inches wide and it felt like someone ductaped a lighter to my asshole and started singing the hairs off my butt

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Just gave up 20 minutes of my day to a burning fountain of shit. I had killer sauce last night from roosters. I also had some jalepenos with my nachos. It is a great burn on the way in, but on the way out I wish death on myslef. Oh well had a good laugh for the day. Happy shits to you all.

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I would like to point out that Dr. Adams isn't all that intelligent himself. The question wasn't whether they should be worried that the child put dog shit in his mouth, but rather his OWN. Dr. Adams obviously didn't read the letter properly, and automatically jumped on a high horse. Might be time to come down now.

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You mean that it really matters what type of poo it is in the kid's mouth?

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the way it was written may have suggested that it was the dogs terd, not the toddlers terd.

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6 years after the start of these posts and the metamucil is the winner for the spicy foods part of these posts! thanks!!!

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"How does spicy food cause the shits?"
With a vengeance.

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I just noticed something....this person idn't say the kid was picking up the dog's shit...I think they meant that the kid was picking up his own shit, b/c the dog's a she, and the toddler's a he...idk, i'm all confuzzled now.br>_______
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o lord my ass is on fire i think i just shit out a little devil.

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im also on the loo while writing this comment...

I have just been to wagamammas and had a chilly chicken men, with prawn + hot chilly sauce as a side, last night i had a Jalfrazi Balti and for lunch had a chilli burger with cheese and chilly sauce.....

Thats alot of fucking chilly, and yes i get the sudden chilly shits, but above all... my ass dont burn no more, and to be honest i livke the warm feeling when it slides out of my ass. Guys, just chin up and rem, NO PAIN, NO FUCKING GAIN... THE CHILLI RULES!!!

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OMG! this page is super funny. I have been laughing for 10 minutes. and to think I ended up here because lastnight I ate camarones al a diabla at a mexican restraunt. It was so spicy when i was eating it that it made my eye brows sweat. I have never eaten anything so hot. and then i went to bed. I woke up this morning with the worse stomach ache I have ever had and I had to run to the bathroom with a quickness.... my ass burns so bad that I can hardly stand it. I have now been tot he bathroom 4 times this morning. I have officially stripped down while on the pot to stop the sweats from soaking me or me possibly catching on fire... LOL! I don't know if my ass will ever be the same. I think its bleeding. i didn't eat glass... i feel light headed.... and i still don't know what will cool my o ring down. I'm tempted to try dabbing sour cream on it.... hahaha! and if i have to wipe again I fear that my already shreaded arse might just fall off into the toilet. but maybe at least the toilet water would splash up and cool my buns! good luck my spicy amigos!

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Dear AC, try a bit on Noxzema or some Gold Bond Medicated Skin Cream on the last bit of toilet paper; I've used one or the other for years, and it is good for cooling down the fire. Also, when eating, include rice if you have it; it absorbs a lot of the heat.

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If you cannot explain it, time to cave in and take a stool sample to the doc for analysis.

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I have a problem with the Doc's answer to the person's question at the top of the page. The write wrote, "My Shihtzu has a habit of picking HER poop," not "HIS" poop, indicating that the dog is "FEMALE". The writer then gets to the kid part and says their child is copying the dog and, "is carrying HIS turds in HIS mouth." indicating that it's the child's own turd, not the dog. I'm not a doctor, but I would think that if the child's body was able to digest that food, and poop it out without it's nutritional contents killing the kid, than he'd be alright.

The second problem I have is that, as a Dr. it's not your place to judge a person when they are coming to YOU for help. They are looking to you for answers because they feel they don't have it. You're a doctor, you chose that line of work for one reason and one reason only, so that you can HELP people when they ask you for it. Perhaps not in this case. Perhaps this person got into the line of work for the paycheck and not the gratification of helping someone. Or maybe this person is a Dr. Phil type person who's really not even a certified doctor at all. Am I being judgemental? No more than Doc was to the writer above.

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So I just had chilli with habbanero sauce and not even twenty minutes later have the worst mud butt ever! I mean my wife wants a divorce and I'm splashin cold water on the old glory hole jesus!

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colon blow225....Don't waste good food...next time plug that butt with a corncob until all the nutrients have been digested.


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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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Had some hot wings for launch
and my oring had my eyes watering
but now i know why they invented
the baday (aka squrting toilet)
wish i had one

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flaming oring.......Are you an astronaut? Did you launch from the cape? What is a baday? So many questions!


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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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Is it safe to hold the spicy shit til it stops hurting?

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tis site make me hangary i will call the polip becase i need help with read and rite

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sindy, MSG will read your post and have a coronary. Please go back to school.

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Never eat a tabasco pepper when you are at the bar. Pooping at the bar is much less pleasant than pooping at another venue. Pooping with firehole at the bar every 20 minutes is downright brutal. My butthole was spasming and convulsing.

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My darling grandsons showed love and appreciation on father's day by giving me a full gallon of Tabasco. Now my morning eggs do not receive a mere dash, but are swimming in sauce. Fish and chips have Tabasco added to the malt vinegar. In fact, everything except oatmeal and ice cream have had an addition of the flame. If spicy food gave me the shits, the level of the pacific would be rising! (faster than it already is)

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Squat.....I saw a documentary on Guam and found that they have the world's highest per capita consumption of Tabasco. Even little kids put it on their popcorn at the movies. Restaurants keep giant bottles on all the tables, what a paradise.


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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

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Ok, I really like the Fire shit topic because that's what I clicked on this page for. Secondly, I like the word O ring being used for ass hole lol. I have been laughing the whole time.

Ok so here's the story I did the Blazin' Challenge at Buffalo Wild Wings earlier this morning and I have felt the fire in my belly all day. Finally with sweaty remorse I had to run to the John. My colon felt like an active Volcano and was releasing the hot hot magma. It has been relentless all day. I can't take it anymore! My O ring is raw and it's excruciating to even sit. I am gonna have to try that trick with the Metamucil when I go back for more GI tract abuse.