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Recurring Pale Stool
Don't know. Are you: Ill? Light colored (like clay) stool might be seen w liver problems like hepatitis, liver cancer or cirrhosis. There could be gallstones, biliary duct obstruction, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or mononucleosis. White stools can be seen w malabsorption of fat. White mucus might occur w IBS. Might have light color if you had a recent barium enema or from antacids (aluminum hydroxide). Are you >
Ranitidine: ranitidine is not reported to cause pale stools. I would not worry about it unless you are noticing other symptoms along with it. If you develop yellowing of the skin or eyes, you should report it to your physician, although this is a very rare side effect. Good luck.
Billiary disease: A large dose of diarrhea medications containing bismuth subslicylate, such as kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) or pepto-bismol, may cause stools to temporarily turn white. Stool may also turn white after swallowing barium sulfate before receiving a barium enema test. Anything that prevents the bile to reach the intestines may cause it (narrowing, stricture, tumor, or billiary cirrhosis.
I'm taking pariet rabeprazol. I often have a pale stool while taking this medicine. Is it serous problem?
No it is not a Probe: This is a safe medicine that should not affect the color of you stool. Stop looking at it as you do not have anything serious unless your doctor who prescribed you this medicine tells you so.
I have had very light brown (but completely brown) stools lately. Would a 'pale stool' actually be white/ grey?
Stools now "pale"?: 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.
Last month had pale stool for few days then normal same this mnth no other symptoms had recent full blood test everything normal should I be concerned?
No: What you described is not a cause for concern.
Any other symptoms?: White pale stool may reflect a significant biliary obstruction or profound liver disease (often with accompanying jaundice). Or the white may be just a coating of mucus (a colon lubricant) which when present in large volume may signal problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), partial obstruction, infection, and even sloughed colon lining due to a variety of diseases. Get checked.See 1 more doctor answer
25, busy woman, diet not great, IBS since childhood. Pale stool twice in the last month. No other symptoms. Should I be worried?
Evaluation: With history of IBS you should be re evaluated to be sure is not recurrent disease.
Three-year-old had very light pale stool this a.m. Gave him a softener to see if it clear up. 2 stools later each darker. Should I worry about liver?
Stool color & liver: One pale stool is not indicative of any serious liver disease, unless it recurs and is accompanied by other symptoms such as loss of appetite, jaundice (yellow discoloration of eyes and skin), nausia/vomiting and abdominal pain. Frequently stool colors change with varying diet contect
I had a pale stool but was yellow when I wiped. I have colitis. All blood tests were normal. Is this common?
Check it out: If single pale stool less concerning.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does one time pale stool require ER visit or can I wait to see pcp if it occurs again? No other symptoms, no meds.
Stool Changes: Hi, pale or acholic stools refer to white or tan colored stool vs brown. Stool receives its brown color from pigments in bile, a digestive secretion from the gallbladder. If you have recurrent acholic stool it could be an indicator of gallbladder dysfunction. If you are having pain/fever/nausea/abdominal or right sided back pain you should see a doctor urgently.