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What would cause loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

What would cause loose light colored stool that smells very bad?

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

Light Colored Stool (Definition)

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

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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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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I've had light colored stools fr several days in a row. I have no pain or nausea. Is this cause for concern?

I've had light colored stools fr several days in a row. I have no pain or nausea. Is this cause for concern?

No: Usually color of stool is dependent upon the diet and color of food ingested. If your stool is dark request your doctor check for blood in the stool. ...Read more

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I've been drinking about a gallon of milk every day, and lots of white yogurt. Would this cause light colored stool?

I've been drinking about a gallon of milk every day, and lots of white yogurt. Would this cause light colored stool?

Possibly. Watch out!: Milk-alkali syndrome is caused by the ingestion of large amounts of calcium & absorbable alkali resulting in hypercalcemia that can lead to metastatic calcification & renal failure. This syndrome dates to the 1920s during administration of the Sippy regimen (milk & bicarbonate) to treat peptic ulcers. Also, your fat intake is likely enormous. Would recommend at this point reevaluating your diet! ...Read more

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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

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Husband has hiccups for three days nonstop. Is this related to the jaundice and light colored stool? Why does that cause them?

Husband has hiccups for three days nonstop. Is this related to the jaundice and light colored stool? Why does that cause them?

Maybe: Hiccups can be caused by irritation of the diaphragm. If he has jaundice and light color stool, he may have a gallbladder or liver condition that could certainly irritate the diaphragm and cause hiccups. I recommend that he be evaluated for those conditions by his doctor. ...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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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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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?

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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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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Are occasional light colored stools something I should worry about? It's never the whole stool (seems to be the end of BM that's lighter).

Are occasional light colored stools something I should worry about? It's never the whole stool (seems to be the end of BM that's lighter).

Anything: "occasional" when referring to the color of bowel movements is NORMAL but OVER CONCERN about the appearance of your stools IS NOT!

Hope this is helpful!!!!!
Dr Z ...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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My 7yo is having light colored stool with white throughout it. Is it something I have togo in for or could it just be undigested yogurt? Not all white

My 7yo is having light colored stool with white throughout it. Is it something I have togo in for or could it just be undigested yogurt? Not all white

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 him...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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Taking gaviscon to get off Prilosec. Now having light colored stools. Is that normal?

Taking gaviscon to get off Prilosec. Now having light colored stools. Is that normal?

Light color stool: Light colored or tan colored softish stools are seen in more rapid transit of fecal material through the intestinal tract. I would think that the gaviscon has a lot to do with it in your case and that the stool would revert to normal color if you discontinued it. You could take zantac or pepcid instead if you're bothered by the light colored stools. ...Read more

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12-year-old son has very light-colored stool periodically. Lasts for a day or two, then returns to normal. Any reason for concern?

12-year-old son has very light-colored stool periodically. Lasts for a day or two, then returns to normal. Any reason for concern?

Doctor can examine: A primary care doctor can check to see why some stools are very light colored. He'll want to know the circumstances around the light colored stools, such as whether or not it is related to rapid transit of poop through the bowels, or related to certain foods. Keeping a diary of symptoms will help. If worried about the gall bladder, the doctor may order an ultrasound scan. ...Read more

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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?

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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What is testosterone cycle and light colored stool?

What is testosterone cycle and light colored stool?

2 different things: Testosterone cycle refers to a series of Anabolic steroids used by body builders to increase muscle mass & strength. Light colored or clay colored stool suggests biliary obstruction. In other words, bile is not draining properly for some reason. Non-oral bio-identical testosterone really shouldn't cause any liver issues but oral non-bio-identical testosterone may. Some Anabolic steroids can, too. ...Read more

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Slushy light colored stool and dark urine?

Slushy light colored stool and dark urine?

Potentially serious: If your stools are pale & your urine is dark like tea, this may indicate possible potentially serious problems with your liver or pancreas. This needs to be evaluated immediately by a GI specialist, especially if you also notice yellowing of your eyes. Lab tests, ct scan or an ultrasound examination are recommended. ...Read more

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Light colored stool with light tiny bite of blood, also with fatigue. What could this be?

Light colored stool with light tiny bite of blood, also with fatigue. What could this be?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. There's lots of things this could be. ...Read more

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Hi doctors I am scared that light colored stools indicate liver cancer please help me?

Hi doctors I am scared that light colored stools indicate liver cancer please help me?

See answer: Very pale or clay colored stools can indicate: 1-obstruction of the biliary tree by gallstones, pancreatic or biliary malignancy. 2-hepatitis 3- medication side effect. It would be unlikely at your ago to have liver cancer. If your concerned speak with your doctor for a routine blood test to detect liver problems ...Read more

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