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What Causes Light Colored Stools
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
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
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
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
Sure.: The foods we eat affect the appearance of our stools, including the color. ...Read more
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