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what does white stool mean

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
White specks -stool: I can’t diagnose the reason for the white spots in your stool. Possible causes can be increased mucus in the stool because of irritation of the gastro ... Read More

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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience Pediatrics
Bile absorption: The color of your stool is dependent on how quickly things move through your intestines and how much bile is excreted. It can also be changed by what ... Read More
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A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
41 years experience Internal Medicine
White stool: Stools can be of different color by one's intake. Alot of antacids or a recent barium test could possible be a cause. However if this persists liver ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Call your Peds: White generally means no bile is emptying into the intestines so the stool will have no color. If an infant, an urgent visit to your pediatrician is n ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
White phlegm: Do you have heartburn or any other symptoms? I usually associate foamy phlegm with reflux as opposed to nasal mucous secretions which are thicker an ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
It depends: This can be diet related but can also be a warning sign for liver or biliary disease. You should see your doctor. Mucous is a whitish substance ofte ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faiz Shakir
14 years experience Gastroenterology
Could be mucus: mucus in the stool could be due to inflammation in your bowels. Not enough info to determine the cause so I would recommend you discuss this further w ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Ate blue food...: Blue stool probably means you ate or drank something with blue pigments or blue food coloring.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mandakini Patel
40 years experience Pediatrics
Low WBC: It could either mean your body is producing less or your body is using up more, it isusually the first one though. You should see your doctor asap if ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Acholic stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color stool. Lots of other ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Nothing that should : Be ignored, but rather needs immediate attention. Can be infectious, inflammatory such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, tumor, hemorrhoids. O ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Varies: Anything from eating a can of spinach to having a nasty bacterial infection such as pseudomembranous colitis. Whether to seek help depends on one's ot ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Green stool color: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), a ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Xin-Nong Li
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Nasal discharge?: You do not indicate where the discharge comes, nasal discharge or vaginal discharge?
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Vaginal infection : Get tested for yeast/ candida, trichomonas, gardnerella and gc (less likely ) keep us posted about the results!
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
? Yeast?: A yeast infection can sometimes present with white, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge with no odor that may cause redness, itching or burning.
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Air/gas: Most floating stool is filled with air or gas, not oil or fat.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Black like tar: Or melena, usually indicates there may be a bleeding site from your upper GI tract that the blood on exposure to stomach acid turns tarry black. This ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Stomach pain?: The most concerning cause of black stools is bleeding in the stomach, usually caused by an ulcer or gastritis. Blood turns black when it comes in cont ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Sticky bowel is not medical term.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
There is: No meaning, it may be a yeast infection. Watery discharge, i guess thinner discharge, may be vaginal secretions, ask yourself about itching. A thong ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Normal vs infection: Some women's discharge varies w/time of month (relative to menses/periods). If you're otherwise asymptomatic, you can just take a wait & see attitude. ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erinn Huffman
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Likely normal: Vaginal discharge changes throughout the menstrual cycle based on the changing hormones throughout the month. It can change from white to clear to sti ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Variety of reasons: Stool color can be changed by blood, food dye, different foods,medications and by infectious or inflammatory processes.

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