tomato skin and other surprises

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David asks:

Hi! Lately I managed to have two urine infections and a virus in the space of about three months. And since then I have noticed a change in my poop -- although whether it was there before, I'm not sure. Though a doctor has said I could have IBS brought on by stress/anexity.

I was just wondering if it is normal to see tomato skin like material in your poop, even when you have not been eating tomatoes? Also sometimes I feel a bit raw or itchy down there, and there is some blood on the toilet paper.


Dear David,

Sorry to hear about your run of bad luck with the UTIs and virus.

I am going to ASSume that while you suffered from these infections you were given antibiotics to get rid of them.

Medication can cause a change in one's poop for sure. Not only do antibiotics kiil the bacteria that cause the infections you had in your urinary tract, they also kill off the good bacteria in your digestive tract. This is most likely the cause of your recent pooping problems. Saying that you suddenly developed IBS from a couple of urinary tract infections and a virus sounds like somewhat of a copout by your doc.

When the good bacteria in the digestive system get killed off, this gives rise to a takeover on occasion by yeast. They have themselves a good old time. Yeast can cause itching and skin irritaion. The skin around the anus is very thin and sensitive, and if irritated can bleed a bit.

Seeing tomato-like skin in your poop is not uncommon either. With today's processed foods, and all of the restaurant choices and other convenience items out there, it is not always possible to be sure exactly what you have consumed unless you make it yourself.

Eat some yogurt (Activia is a good one to choose). This can restore a normal balance of bacteria in your system, and a mild anti-itch cream applied to your itchy ass might help as well.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.












15 Comments on "tomato skin and other surprises"

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While it's always a great idea to care, sometimes you might see things that aren't so bad. For example, I had little white balls in my poop, but then I figured they were seeds from the okra I ate the evening before. AFter that one time, I didn't have them again.

David, I feel bad for you. All I know to tell you is to try Motherload's advice. What works best for me, though it's slow, is to just get over the illnesses/infections however I need to, and then take time to re-stabilize. Hopefully in a week or two you will feel better. Good luck, David!

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There's lots of good yogurts to choose from at Trader Joe's and stores like that. If you don't like dairy products, there is soy yogurt you can eat. We buy it from Fred Meyer.

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while i am no doctor, i do know that it is not unusual for certain things to show up undigested in one's poop. corn and peanuts being the main culprits.
i personally am a huge bell pepper lover, and my research has found that the skins and seeds of such are generally undigestible. given this bit of information, i do not worry too much when the brightly colored skins appear in the bowl.
in fact, i have even come up with a name to describe the end result: the Luau Loaf.

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David, is it possible that tomatoes are growing in your belly? You need to contact Art Bell, man.

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That quack doctor of yours, is probably getting kick backs from big pharma, to promote some anti IBS drug. Either that, or the HMO he works for, is.
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Everyone knows tomatoes are evil. There's a famous story about a sailing ship during the 1600s, and they're months into their voyage, and ran out of tomatoes long ago, and this guy is swabbing puke off the deck and notices there's tomatoes in all the puke. Tomatoes are evil...they just sit inside you and never ever digest. Stay away from them, unless they've been turned into pizza sauce.

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Anonymous Coward - you're evil. And full of shit. Tomatoes are nature's prefect food. Those and corned beef hash.

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I like corned beef hash! And tomatoes. I've heard rumor that some foods do stay with you for a while, and I've also heard that everything keeps moving if you eat right. I don't know what to believe anymore. Maybe we should ask Motherload.

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So your a man and you have a yeast infection? -_-

Hope you get better.

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Re: veggie skins in poop, I wondered if roasting green peppers first, and skinning them would eliminate the "greenish" smell at exit. I experimented with this last night; made spaghetti sauce with lots of gbp, roasted first.

It was very tasty; the roasting of the peppers was a great enhancement of flavor, and the absence of skin not only took out the "grassy" taste, but I noticed this morning that the usual "green pepper cloud" is much reduced.

I bet steaming tomatoes and peeling them before cooking would work, too.

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I dont think that UTI and viral infections could have an effect 'on your poop' !!!

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Sarah Summer.......If David was given antibiotics for any reason it could very easily have had a drastic effect on his poop. If you had bothered to read Motherloads answer to his problem you would have known that.


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You may have worms. Contact your local colonoscopy center.

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AC, The poop problem was five years ago. I think if worms were the cause that would have been detected by now. Anyway, a colonoscopy is not necessary to detect worms. A nocturnal peek at the asshole by a close friend is usually sufficient.


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I'm no expert and from what I've herd from my doctor is that brown to light brown are normal colors depending what you have eaten, darker the veggies the darker the stool. I noticed the other day mine looked kinda flat as well but normal in color, light brown. I'm 24 and I eat pretty healthy oh also I had some tomatoes with dinner the other night and last night and I noticed red specs in my stool and that looked like tomato skin. I was told also that if the stool is black and tarry or bright red then be concerned. As for flat stools, it makes sense that stools that are soft can become flattened when leaving the colon.

just my two cents.

I hope you feel better and try not to stress since stressing can make your bowel movements act up as I've had from personal experience about getting a ultrasound done on my abdomen for my fatty liver.

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