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What Causes Bright Yellow Diarrhea
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
Light (clay) 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
Yellow stool: The amount, color, frequency 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
Liver Problems: The color of stool can help guide your doctor to determine the cause of the problem. White stool is often a result of a liver disease such as viral hepatitis which causes the bilirubin in your blood level to rise. As a result there can be less of it in the stool and the stool then becomes "discolored" or white, gray, or pale. Note that eating all white foods can cause this as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Diet: You may consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/green-stool/basics/definition/SYM-20050708 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Yellow GI fluids: Both the yellow diarrhea and the yellow bile color in vomitus are due to the same chemical, bile, which is produced by the liver. Normally you never see it in the stomach because normal eating keeps it moving down the GI tract. But when you vomit, and if you're stomach has no food, then all there is to see is the bile. When you're not eating regularly, the same bile will make your stool yellow. ...Read more
Crampy yellow stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Yellow stool typically represents bile as seen with rapid GI transit (altered due to many causes). Cramps with your symptoms at 67 years old deserve evaluation please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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