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Light Colored Stool (Overview)

Light colored stool is a clinical finding in which the feces are not as dark as normal, often a result of blocked bilirubin metabolism.


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Can h pylori cause light colored stool?

Can h pylori cause light colored stool?

Usually not: H. Pylori infects only the stomach so should not affect the color of your stools unless there is a coexisting bleeding ulcer. In this case, the stools would look like black tar. ...Read more

Light Colored Stool (Overview)

Light colored stool is a clinical finding in which the feces are not as dark as normal, often a result of blocked bilirubin metabolism.


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What does it mean to have light colored stool? What color do they actually mean? Is it gray or white, or is light gold also a concern?

What does it mean to have light colored stool? What color do they actually mean? Is it gray or white, or is light gold also a concern?

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 foods you are eating or if you have a gastrointestinal infection. Pure white or very light stools can be a sign of a blockage in your bile duct or from some medications. You should contact your doctor to discuss this. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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Is really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

Is really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

No pain, no worry: Typically, you should not worry about the change of stool colors unless red/blood or tarry black and/or abdominal pain/fever etc...Having some color change from day to day without other symptoms is quite normal and i would not worry. Just keep an eye on it...I am sure it will be back to usual in 24-48 hours. If worsens, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was sick and had light colored stools?

I was sick  and had light colored stools?

Stools light-colored: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) 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

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I am having tan / light colored stools? Should I be concerned? Thanks.

I am having tan / light colored stools? Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Maybe: If the 'light colored stools represent a change - and particularly if especially stinky and/or difficult to flush away - this may represent pancreatic problems. See a GI md if this is a change... ...Read more

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Slimy light colored stool?

Slimy light colored stool?

Med eval: Extremely light colored stool might havecauses such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). Any significant change in bowel habitus warrants assessment. ...Read more

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What is slushy light colored stool?

What is slushy light colored stool?

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

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Is there a concern for light colored stool?

Is there a concern for light colored stool?

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

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Could hepatitis be the cause of light colored stools?

Could hepatitis be the cause of light colored stools?

Jaundiced?: Jaundice with acholic (light colored stool) can be very serious stuff. Either there has been an acute liver insult (like hepatitis), or early liver failure is progressing. Cholestasis associated with jaundice may mean a blocked bile duct, altered blood flow to &/or away from the liver, or worsening liver disease. In all cases, you need medical attention soon & please avoid drinking any alcohol. ...Read more

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Really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

Really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

Maybe - see your doc: When stool gets light, ei: grey, white or clay colored, it can be due to an underlying gallbladder/liver issue. Bile is what gives stool its color so if not being produced or blocked for its excretion then can lead to light colored stool. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

No pain, no worry: Typically, you should not worry about the change of stool colors unless red/blood or tarry black and/or abdominal pain/fever etc...Having some color change from day to day without other symptoms is quite normal and i would not worry. Just keep an eye on it...I am sure it will be back to usual in 24-48 hours. If worsens, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does light colored stools mean?

What does light colored stools mean?

Light-colored stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) 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

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Loose and light colored stools now why?

Loose and light colored stools now why?

Light colored stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) 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

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Are light colored stools a sign of illness?

Light-colored stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) 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

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I was sick around cats and had light colored stools. Related?

Probobly not: You should be tested for bowel infection or parasites if you have become ill with gastrointestinal symptoms. You may have had contact with other animals or travel? Blood and stool tests are recommended. Also, take a complete list of your medications and supplements to the medical appointment for review. ...Read more

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Could too much milk cause light colored stool?

Could too much milk cause light colored stool?

Light stool: An all-milk diet a possible cause for white stool. ...Read more

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Light colored stool noticed since i started donating plasma

Light colored stool noticed since i started donating plasma

Hello. : Hello. Light colored bowel movements can be related to bile and may involve the liver, gall bladder or bile ducts. I was unable to find a link between light stool and plasma donation. Recommend that this be evaluated. ...Read more

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Why do I have loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

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

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My five month old has light colored stools with white chunks?

My five month old has light colored stools with white chunks?

Light colored stools: Light colored stools and white chunks can indicate an excess of milk and milk products in the diet ...Read more

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Clay Colored Stool (Definition)

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