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Claycolored Stools Picture
Now has green stool: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if greenish color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
Stool light-colored: 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 things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more
Just as U described: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more
Variable: Stool coloring is variable. Black, grey, bright red should cause a call to the doctor. ...Read more
Probably normal: If it persists, call your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Changed stool color: Color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Best case scenario for your specific changes: mucus discharge; worst case: partial biliary obstruction.Unless you correlate color change to a food, get checked. ...Read more
Silver vs. melena?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more
Faster stool transit: Stool color is dependent on bile. Green bile gets excreted from the liver into the stool. As it travels through the bowel, the bile is acted on by gut bacteria and gradually changes color from green to yellow to brown. If the stool moves faster through the gut, bacteria have less time to change the bile color. This is not a problem unless having persistent diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pale stools: Pale stools can come from different sources. Usually it is due to poor fat absorption, indicationg a problem with the liver or gall bladder. Sometimes in liver failure, bilirubin builds up in the system, and can cause yellowing of the stools. An evaluation of the liver is usually warranted. ...Read more
White: It appears very pale and can almost be white. ...Read more
Stool may vary: Yellow stool with a "black spot in it" may be of concerned or just a variation of your normal stool process. Stool can change in quantity, consistency, and frequency with changes in diet, medication or illness. You should monitor your stools over the next few days and keep tract of any recent changes in your normal diet or medications or supplements you are taking. If it continues see your PCP. ...Read more
Hi. Can IBS cause that I always feel I have to use bathroom? My stools look.like the 4th type in the picture that shown in one of questions.
GI- bowel issue: See a gastroenterlogist and have a comprehensive physicial exam. ...Read more
I have been having strange stools. From searching images i think it could worms or flukes. I have pictures & am concerned & looking for guidance. ?
You should: 1. show your pictures to your PCP (Primary Care Provider) 2. Send a sample to a clinical laboratoty 3. STOP WATCHING YOUR BOWEL MOVEMENTS! (that ITSELF can be a "disorder" In the absence of other signs (Bleeding, Abdominal pain , Diarrhea) I would strongly suggest #3 Hope this HELPS! Dr Z ...Read more
I have white discoloration on the outside of my anus. My stool is almost always loose and bleeding occurs from time to time. What is this? I have pics
We can't see the: photos on regular HealthTap. With the history provided - do recommend medical evaluation. This portion of HealthTap is not designed to diagnose and treat medical problems. Take care. ...Read more
I have noticed something hard and squishy in my stool when I go. I've taken pictures of it. It's a whitish yellow color in huge globs ?
Go to the Doctor: If you are this worried about your common problem then please hang up the app and go to the doctor. ...Read more
Is this important in the clinical pic of upper ab pain and fatty stools?
High Immature Granulocytes (3)
Blood test results: Upper abdominal pain and fatty stools may be due to gall bladder disease. High neutrophils and monocytes, low lymphocytes and high immature granulocytes may not mean that much in the context of your symptoms, but may be consistent with an infection. You should ask your doctor for more guidance. ...Read more
For the past few months, i've had small stones in my stool don't look like pics of kidney stones, more like small lemon seeds... Should I be worried?
Wonder about food: It is sure not related to kidneys. Partially digested material? Go over everything you eat, you probably will find a reason for stool stones. ...Read more
My baby who is five months of age, she has oil with stool. And it’s happening 4 or 5 times in a day. What is the problem, pls. Answer…?
I am seeing tiny spots of black in my stools on and off. I do have I B S and hemmoroids which have been bothering me lately. ?
Black "spots" ...: may mean bleeding from higher up in the GI tract such as the stomach. Or it may not be blood at all. You might start by trying to do a stool test for occult blood, either at home or with your doctor. Typically hemorrhoidal bleeding would be (bright) red, and usually no bleeding with IBS. Could gum lesion have been bleeding?? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recently I did s stool test and I found that I have pus cells from 45 to 55 and I don't know what are Pus cells n if it is serious or what ?
Infection: Bacterial infection probably....see PMDGet a more detailed answer ›
Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more
Let me explain: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool. As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes — changing the pigments from green to brown. ...Read more