U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 32-year-old member asked:

What would cause someone to have runny, lime green stool?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Green stool: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery & green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can change stool >>.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 29-year-old member asked:

What can cause a person to have green stool?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nicholas Karyotakis
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Green veggies or ...: In case if diarrhea gastroenteritis. Clostridium difficile is one of culprits associated with recent antibiotic use. The classic sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed is dark blackish tarry stool called "melena". It is usually looser, sticky and has a characteristic smell. Dark green stool usually related to diet rich in green vegetables. If you have diarrhea/other symptoms check with your M.D.
A 40-year-old female asked:

I have been passing green stool. What could be causing this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Green food: With St. Patty's Day just over many foods were artificially colored green for the day. This coloring comes out in the BM. Not harmful but don't overdo it. Same goes for green vegetables, kale, spinaches, asparagus etc.
A 33-year-old female asked:

What can cause bright green stool?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Stool color: Stool color can vary because of a lot of factors, most notably diet. It is generally not a concern unless the store is bloody or solid black in color, due to bleeding, and will eventually return to normal. Green stool is not usually a concern. Good luck.

Related questions

A 18-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 19-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 37-year-old female asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 47-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Last updated Aug 6, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.