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I have had green feces for 2 days. What does this mean?

I have had green feces for 2 days. What does this mean?

Green Stool: If the stool was loose, the reason for green stool could be too rapid a transit time in the gut. Eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery and green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means if my feces is dark green?

Please explain what it means if my feces is dark green?

Why green stool?: The color 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/exposures, inflammation, other factors. Easy to run a few tests here--call your doc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your feces is a little bit dark?

What does it mean when your feces is a little bit dark?

Possibly...: Possibly nothing, unless it is very dark and tarry or maroon (due to the abnormal presence of blood). Normal color is light to dark brown, changing depending on bacteria in gut, diet, or any number of other reasons. The brown color of feces is due to the action of bacteria on bilirubin (a product leaked from dead red blood cells--which is normal). ...Read more

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What does it mean when your feces is black in color like tar?

What does it mean when your feces is black in color like tar?

USUALLY BAD: Typical means that you are bleeding some where like a stomach ulcer. Also iron can cause the stool to be black or tarry and maybe other foods. But if you are not on iron then maybe need to check about the ulcer. ...Read more

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Feces had several small white-ish circules. What could it mean?

Feces had several  small white-ish circules. What could it mean?

Mucus on 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. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my feces is color pink, what could it be means?

Get checked: you should have your stool checked to see if there is any blood in it. Good luck. ...Read more

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If my feces is been light green for the past week, what does that mean?

If my feces is been light green for the past week, what does that mean?

Likely due to: Your diet. Keep track of what you are eating. Your stools waste from the foods you eat. It may take on the color of the foods you are eating. ...Read more

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My feces are white with a reddish tint at the end. What does this mean?

My feces are white with a reddish tint at the end. What does this mean?

Not sure: Prompt medical evaluation is warranted for extremely light (white) stool. There are a number of possible causes 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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If my feces used to float, but now tend to sink in the toilet, what does that mean?

Your diet: It all depends on what you are eating. If you are eating foods with lots of fiber (which is a good thing!), you feces will be more dense & sink. Floating stools can be caused by dietary fat or by an increase in gas from the normal bacteria that are in your gut. If you are not absorbing your food properly, the bacteria try to digest it & produce gas. See doc if not better for evaluation. ...Read more