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I just had a hita scan done and when I got home I had yellow foul smelling diarrhea. Could these be related or if not what could cause yellow diarrhea?

I just had a hita scan done and when I got home I had yellow foul smelling diarrhea. Could these be related or if not what could cause yellow diarrhea?

Hida scan: Diarrhea has been reported after a hida scan when cholecystikinin is injected and especially if a fatty substance was administered by mouth for the test. This could also explain the yellow color of the stools. Either way this diarrhea should be self limited. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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8 month old formula fed baby is having yellow foul smelling seedy diarrhea for the past two days, no other symptoms. What should I do?

8 month old formula fed baby is having yellow foul smelling seedy diarrhea for the past two days, no other symptoms. What should I do?

Viral diarrhea: often babies will catch a virus that manifests itself as only a changed stool. This sounds like typical virally-induced stool change. I would continue the formula for now, but change the baby's solid foods to only binding foods like rice cereal, bananas and applesauce.

If the baby still continues with these symptoms for more than 4 days, gets fever or vomiting, you should see a doctor in person ...Read more

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Dear sir , iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicates.

Dear sir , iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicates.

Change in stools: Amount, color, frequency, texture 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. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, ; the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Took my daughter to triage,they said its nothing to worry about,but thats been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour,not right ?

Took my daughter to triage,they said its nothing to worry about,but thats been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour,not right ?

Need much more: You don't mention your daughters age, general health, or any other symptoms she is having. Has she had vomiting, fever, pain? Has she been seen by a doctor at all yet? With only knowing she has had diarrhea for 2 weeks, would say monitor diet to include high protein, low dairy, no simple sugars and lots of water. Would recommend evaluation if this has gone on two weeks already. ...Read more

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On vanc. Now for c diff. 2nd day on it. Still loose stools. How long till improvement with stool? Also my stool is soft green look. Wipe its yellow

On vanc. Now for c diff. 2nd day on it. Still loose stools. How long till improvement with stool? Also my stool is soft green look. Wipe its yellow

See below: The diarrhea usually improvs after 3-4 days of treatment but you need to complete the full 14 day treatment course. I would also recommend probiotic treatment with vsl#3 and florastor 1 capsule of each 2 time a day for 30 days. Note there is a 25% relase rate that necessitates retreatment. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 40 and scared I've got panceatic cancer I've had loose stools on and off for about 6 weeks and now there yellow I also drink alcholo a lot?

Hi I'm 40 and scared I've got panceatic cancer I've had loose stools on and off for about 6 weeks and now there yellow I also drink alcholo a lot?

Pancreatitis: The story of loose yellowish stools is sign of steatorrhea. Here there is no pancreatic juice function to dissolve and absorb fat that can be measured by radioactive triolein. Also here is obstruction of bile duct .Steatorrhera not common with pancreatic Ca. More ilkely pancreatitis from common duct stone. Need ERCPand bx of pancreas duct and CAT scan of abdomen. ...Read more

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My one year old daughter has had whole cow's milk for about 3 weeks now. The past 4 days she has had 3-4 yellow loose stools. Could she be allergic?

My one year old daughter has had whole cow's milk for about 3 weeks now. The past 4 days she has had 3-4 yellow loose stools. Could she be allergic?

Need to see a doctor: It could be lactose intolerance. You could stop using it and see if symptom resolve. If symptom persist you better bring your daughter to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when i go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should i be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when i go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should i be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

I : I would call your doctor. The green stools may not be such a big deal because that can occur when feces transits too quickly through the colon. It prevents bile from be adequately metabolised and thus the feces do not from green to their characteristic brown colored. This is usually wet or liquid. However, the yellow stools could be from an absence of bile salts (liver, gallbladder or common bile duct). I would let you doctor know, as it is likely that he or she might want to see you sooner. ...Read more

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Stomach cramps and diarhea for 4 days. Creamy yellow oily loose stools. What does this mean?

Stomach cramps and diarhea for 4 days. Creamy yellow oily loose stools. What does this mean?

Sounds like: a fat malabsorbtion problem which can be associated with a number of enteric viral infections! Check with your Primary Medical Care Provider if symtoms persist! In the meantime avoid fatty foods!!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Am recovering from another Diverticulitis infection w/ UTI as well. This is 3rd UTI since Oct. Have had yellow loose stools. See a urologist? Thnx!

Am recovering from another Diverticulitis infection w/ UTI as well.  This is 3rd UTI since Oct.  Have had yellow loose stools. See a urologist? Thnx!

Question for you?: Is the UTI with the same/recurrent bacteria, and is the bacteria found in your urine native to the gut? If so, could you have a diverticular fistula to the bladder? Might want to check this possibility out-- ...Read more

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My baby is spitting up yellowed mucus, has seedy yellow loose stools, sounds congested, and is crying a lot. What's wrong with her? No fever.

My baby is spitting up yellowed mucus, has seedy yellow loose stools, sounds congested, and is crying a lot. What's wrong with her? No fever.

Need more info: Do not know the age of the baby, what other symptoms may be present, whether she is feeding appropriately, sleeping too much, irritable, or other vital info. Strongly suggest that you take her asap and be seen by a doctor to make certain nothing serious is going on, or at least call and speak with a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Orange/yellow diarrhoea and feel unwell?

Orange/yellow diarrhoea and feel unwell?

Time to see your doc: Orange/yellow diarrhea my be reflective of what you have eaten but if feeling unwell, it is tome to see your doctor. It may mean that you have blood in the stool from that you are bleeding, having a bacterial/parasitic infection or you have some type of inflammatory bowel disorder. If you have a fever, you should see your doctor immediately; you will need stool cultures, ova test & a c.Diff test. ...Read more

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8 months old, yellow dierrhea and temp of 37.4 - 37.6 within 2 days?

8 months old, yellow dierrhea and temp of 37.4 - 37.6 within 2 days?

Diarrhea: keep the baby o rice cereal, apple banana, no milk or formula for 24 hours, give pedialyte instead as tolerated, keep the baby hydrated & control the fever with Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed, progress back to regular diet gradually, if getting worse or fever increased, or seems weak take the baby to your pediatrician or ER. good luck ...Read more

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I get yellow watery explosive diarrhoea if i go for a long time and then eat all of a sudden. why am i getting this yellow diarrhoea?

I get yellow watery explosive diarrhoea if i go for a long time and then eat all of a sudden. why am i getting this yellow diarrhoea?

Episodic urgent bm's: Lots of Rx options but cure depends on cause: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities (including anxiety as listed). ...Read more

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My baby 14mths has water diahrrhea at least 3 times a day it's yellow she is stillher same self other than the diahrrhea it's been 4days, what do ido?

My baby 14mths has water diahrrhea at least 3 times a day it's yellow she is stillher same self other than the diahrrhea it's been 4days, what do ido?

Diarrhea: Start your child on a bland diet. Things like mashed potatoes, boiled chicken, clear soup, dry toast, grated apple, banana, rice. No milk products other than clear yogurt or cottage cheese.Get electrolyte replacement fluids to teplace aher fluid and electrolyte loss. You can expect the diarrhea to last about 7-10 days.If child is not improving consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Diarrhoea when i havent eaten much. i didnt eat much yesterday and havent eaten breakfast but have bad diarrhoea now thats bright yellow. Happens alot?

Diarrhoea when i havent eaten much. i didnt eat much yesterday and havent eaten breakfast but have bad diarrhoea now thats bright yellow. Happens alot?

IBS-D: Irritable bowel syndrome D (=Diarrhea) is a diagnosis of EXCLUSION that it other reasons for recurrent diarrhea without dietary reasons must be ruled out!

Discuss this with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) to begin with!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Should i go to the ER for yellow bloody dirrihea?

Should i go to the ER for yellow bloody dirrihea?

See a doctor: If you have fever, feeling sick, and dizzy go to er, but if you do not feel very sick, you can see an urgent care tomorrow. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had 3 boughts of yellow diarreah this winter and is now on her 4th time...Reoccuring rotovirus?

My 3 year old has had 3 boughts of yellow diarreah this winter and is now on her 4th time...Reoccuring rotovirus?

Not likely: There are a large number of viruses besides rotavirus that affect the intestines and can cause the type of diarrhea you describe. It is much more likely that she has had a series of infections with different intestinal viruses than that she has had recurrent rotavirus. ...Read more

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My two year old son has been having diarrhoea for the past two days.Which is sometimes yellow dark brown or green and mucous...What sshould i do?

Diarrhea: I wouldn't particularly worry about the color of your childs stool unless it is bloody. Keep him on a bland diet, nothing greasy or fried. No milk product or juice. Use electrolyte replacement fluids to prevent dehydration and vomiting. ...Read more

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I've has diahrrea for 48 hours. Since everything substantial left my system it has mainly been liquid. This liquid is kind of flourescent yellow green?

I've has diahrrea for 48 hours. Since everything substantial left my system it has mainly been liquid. This liquid is kind of flourescent yellow green?

Diarrhea: You must make sure you don't get dehydrated and drink plenty of electrolyte drinks as gatorade. If this persists much longer, you must seek medical attention to rule out a bacterial gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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I have a water infection also had yellow diarrhoea the last 3 days is this bad???

Not good: Not sure whether you mean you were infected by contaminated water or you have a urinary tract infection. If the former this will hopefully clear in the next several days and if not you should be seen and evaluated further. If the latter and you were treated with antibiotics and then developed diarrhea you should be evaluated for Clostridium difficile colitis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have sickness but only bright yellow bile. I also have diarrhoea only been 12hrs but a virus or more worrisome?

I have sickness but only bright yellow bile. I also have diarrhoea only been 12hrs but a virus or more worrisome?

Dunno but ...: Lasting only 12 hrs is not so long. The major worry is if you get dehydrated or not. Take plenty of fluids. The cause of diahrrea are legion. If it persists your doc can do a workup to find the cause and suggest a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have celiac and have had mustard yellow burning diarreah for about nonstop 3 days. Anytime i take medicine it won't help. What should I do?

Celiacs disease: Try a bland diet like rice bananas, shredded apple and carrots, soft boiled egg, plain yogurt, etc. If no better in a day or two see your gastroenterologist for a possible culture and diet. ...Read more

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Hello, this morning i have been to the toilet 6 times in 30 minutes. Diarrhoea and is very pale yellow and extremely watery. do i call into work?

Hello, this morning i have been to the toilet 6 times in 30 minutes. Diarrhoea and is very pale yellow and extremely watery. do i call into work?

GASTROENTERITIS : Acute onset of symptoms is most consistent with gastroenteritis. You need to rest , fast for 8-12 hrs then clear liquids as tolerated. You need full exam and lab screen&stool culture to rule out infection. Normally cipro (ciprofloxacin) is prescribed empirically If symptoms persist abdominal US or CT to rule out appendicitis. If it is vital it will resolve in 24-72 hrs. If fever or pain worsens seek ER eval. ...Read more

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My mom has been having diahrea for almost a week now But today she had yellow hard balls in her stool. What could it be?

My mom has been having diahrea for almost a week now But today she had yellow hard balls in her stool. What could it be?

Diarrhea for that: length of time means your mom needs to see a doctor. She needs to find out the cause and be treated. This will make her very weak and imbalance her electrolytes, the chemicals that are vital for cell function in the body. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Having liquid yellow diarrhoea after drinking tequila the other night, was sick yesterday.. What could this be? Can i eat yoghurt, noodles or soup?

Having liquid yellow diarrhoea after drinking tequila the other night, was sick yesterday.. What could this be? Can i eat yoghurt, noodles or soup?

Was it heavy?: Heavy drinking of anything can result in diarrhea, because of direct toxic effects of alcohol on the gut, as well as damaging the pancreas (which usually results in pain as well). Dairy products of any kind are not good if you have diarrhea. Clear liquids (water, juices like apple or grape), consomme soup (no noodles), jello etc. Is best until diarrhea clears. Pepto bismol and Imodium (loperamide) may help. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more