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Why am I having gray stool all of a sudden?

Why am I having gray stool all of a sudden?

Biliary obstruction: Can cause grey colored stool. So see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Gray Stool (Definition)

Gray stools is a symptom in which there is not enough yellow, brown, or green color in the stool, meaning that there is not enough bile (from the liver and gall bladder) in the stool. Gray stools can be due to a blockage in the flow of ...Read more


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Would iron cause dark gray stool?

Would iron cause dark gray stool?

Silver vs. Melena?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

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My 3y/o daughter have been passing watery yellow stool or a firm but soft beige color like stool. But today she had a loose gray stool. What's wrong? Ty

My 3y/o daughter have been passing watery yellow stool or a firm but soft beige color like stool. But today she had a loose gray stool. What's wrong? Ty

Many causes: There are many causes and the only way to come to a diagnosis would be to have her examined and also have microscopic examination of her stools. In addition to bacteria and viruses we also need to look for Giardia and amoebas. This can also happen due to allergy and milk intolerance. So make an appointment and have her seen. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been taking famotidine for about 2 weeks and am having white/ very light gray stools. Should I be concerned, or is this a side effect of pill?

Hi, I've been taking famotidine for about 2 weeks and am having white/ very light gray stools. Should I be concerned, or is this a side effect of pill?

Nothing of concern: Famotidine is a safe drug with little or no side effects. You should not get too concerned about the color of your stools. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a gray stool? I take 325mg daily of ferrous sulfate (iron) so the stool is usually black. It has been gray for about a week.

What does it mean when you have a gray stool? I take 325mg daily of ferrous sulfate (iron) so the stool is usually black. It has been gray for about a week.

Good: Good news! The only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). And in your case since you take iron, black stool would be expected and not worrisome. Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, gray, even blue (blue kool-aid or blueberries) or purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If you have a persistent change in your stool habits, you should contact your physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a short period of strange stools that are not red, black or white is usually of no concern. ...Read more

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What causes gray stool?

What causes gray stool?

Biliary problems: Stool can be gray or clay-colored if it contains little or no bile. The pale color may signify a condition (biliary obstruction) where the flow of bile to the intestine is obstructed, such as, obstruction of the bile duct from a tumor or gallstone in the duct or nearby pancreas. ...Read more

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What does dark green or gray stools means?

What does dark green or gray stools means?

Dark stool: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

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2 year old on miralax (polyethylene glycol) with ash gray stool?

2 year old on miralax (polyethylene glycol) with ash gray stool?

Pancreas? See Dr.: Sounds like an issue with pancreas. Need to be seen by pediatrician for evaluation and possible referral to gastroenterology. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

Let me explain: Light-colored, white or clay-colored,
this may indicate a bile duct obstruction.

Certain medications, such as large doses of Bismuth Subsalicylate (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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My 1-year-old daughter has had 2-3 whitish/gray stools in the last 2-3 days. No jaundice, eating normally, normal energy, no apparent distress. ER?

My 1-year-old daughter has had 2-3 whitish/gray stools in the last 2-3 days. No jaundice, eating normally, normal energy, no apparent distress. ER?

Stool color: Stool color can mean a lot if it is persistent. Stool color changes are most often due to diet changes or eating "other" stuff. If your daughter is otherwise healthy I believe you can wait this one out. If you have suspicion of ingesting something inappropriate then the ER. If she has a liver infection as you seem to be thinking the stool will stay pale for longer. ...Read more

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My 4 months old baby stool color is grey. What are the reasons for grey color of stool and treatments. He is bottel feeding?

? normal: This could be normal. White stools could signify liver disease. I would observe for a few days. Check with your dr. If persists. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with u colitis. What is the best treatment? Also passing a little blood with stool.

Diagnosed with u colitis. What is the best treatment? Also passing a little blood with stool.

Followv up w gi doc: Acute flare up with steroid but many option regarding with maintenance treatment. Your local GI guy would be best serve you. ...Read more

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Ulceritive colitis blood in stool for months now. What is the best treatment?

You need to get: To a specialist right away. It sounds like you are having an acute flare up. This can result in a life-threatening emergency. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

Determine cause: Black stools could be due to iron supplements, bismuth antidiarrheal agent (e.g. Pepto bismol), or bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract or sometimes right side of the colon. Bleeding can cause black, sticky, smelly bowel movements. If not taking iron or busmuth, or it continues after stopping, it really is necessary to get seen and be sure there is not a serious but treatable cause.. ...Read more

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Which is the best teeth treatment when your fragile dead tooth turns gray?

Which is the best teeth treatment when your fragile dead tooth turns gray?

Post and Crown: A fragile tooth should be restored with a crown. If it needs root canal therapy, then that is completed first, then a post, then the crown. ...Read more

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My mom has acidity in stomach, urine, stool. What are the best treatments for this problem?

My mom has acidity in stomach, urine, stool. What are the best treatments for this problem?

Tests at first.: At first after your mom visit medical doctor please do tests: urine, stool, and even maybe gastric biopsy. After results coming back, appropriate treatment can be discussed with physician.
Thank you for question. ...Read more

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Found a rice-like worm in my 2 year old's stool, when it moved it stretched very thin, white very tiny, pinworms? Best OTC treatment? Other info?

Found a rice-like worm in my 2 year old's stool, when it moved it stretched very thin, white very tiny, pinworms? Best OTC treatment? Other info?

Pinworms: Pyrantal pamoate is available over the counter. It can be repeated in one week. Also cut nails short. And reduce sugars in diet. ...Read more

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Treatment for green color stool for kid?

Treatment for green color stool for kid?

None: Stool color changes with diet, with hydration status, with viruses, and other causes. If your child is well, behaving normally, growing normally, eating and drinking normally, and the only problem is the color of the poop, then wipe it up and don't worry about it! ...Read more

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There is orange oil in my stool from last two months. What is the cause and treatment?

There is orange oil in my stool from last two months. What is the cause and treatment?

Fat droplet in 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. You are describing steatorrhea--due to maldigestion, pancreatic insufficiency, ingestion of olestra or orlistat, high fat intake... ...Read more

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My three months old daughter has diarrhoea and there is mucus in the stool. What should be the treatment?

My three months old daughter has diarrhoea and there is mucus in the stool. What should be the treatment?

3 yo and diarrhea: Has she been on antibiotics - if so - probably best to take her to a doctor to be checked if not and if this an acute issue - probably the best is to put her on a clear liquid diet - apple juice, jello, gatorade or pedialyte or water ice is fine. If she tolerates this - gradually increase her diet to a brat (banannas, rice cereal, applesause, and dry toast) no dairy though for several days. ...Read more

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If the loose bowel happens following a firm stool once a week, is this a condition that needs treatment? It feels like nature's way of cleansing.

If the loose bowel happens following a firm stool once a week, is this a condition that needs treatment? It feels like nature's way of cleansing.

Stool variation: It's not necessarily a bad thing. Stool consistency can be very dependent on what you eat (fiber, vegetables, etc) and what you drink. As long as there's not blood in the stool, there's no fevers, belly pain, and you're getting colon cancer screening tests at the appropriate intervals, I wouldn't worry about it too much. ...Read more

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I find it difficult to stool because the feaces is hard and blood do come out after forced defecation. What could cause this and the treatment. Thanks?

I find it difficult to stool because the feaces is hard and blood do come out after forced defecation. What could cause this and the treatment. Thanks?

Plugged Plumbing: Constipation helpers: eat whole grains, lots of fruit&veggies, oatmeal, psyllium, ground flaxseed, metamucil. Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid a day. Take over the counter docusate, bisacodyl, or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (take more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) when you're really plugged up, less when you're loose-y goose-y). Get moving 60 minutes every day. Talk with your doc: the blood may be hemorrhoids or something more concerning. ...Read more

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My son is 7, he's had loose stools like 4-5 times/day, for last 3 days. Last night was loose, greenish with red specks. Is this dangerous & treatment?

My son is 7, he's had loose stools like 4-5 times/day, for last 3 days. Last night was loose, greenish with red specks. Is this dangerous & treatment?

Treat gastroenteritis: Your son is having infective diarrhea or dysentry, may be bacterial infection leading to loose motion and blood in stool. Consult your doctor get the treatment done as soon as possible. He may need blood test, stool test, i.V. fluids and antibiotics ...Read more

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A month ago had gastritis, took treatment, kept a healthy diet. For 2 day I've had dark stool, not black, but dark & frequent & small amounts. Danger?

Dark stools: Dark stools do not mean blood; black stools are a concern

if you are worried stool can be easily tested for blood at your doctor's office. ...Read more

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Need over the counter treatment no insurence have intestinal worm for months in stool?

Need over the counter treatment no insurence have intestinal worm for months in stool?

Go to the local: Health department. They will most likely treat parasitic disease without charge. There is NO over the counter treatment and it is dependent on the specific parasite you have. Do not delay as more serious conditions and spread of the parasite can occur. ...Read more

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The stool culture shows positive result for yersinia, butanswer from the hospital is: no treatment is needed. Isn't yersinia dangerous?

The stool culture shows positive result for yersinia, butanswer from the hospital is: no treatment is needed. Isn't yersinia dangerous?

What strain: If you show signs of bubonic plague caused by Yersinia pestis (acral gangrene, chills, general ill feeling, high fever, muscle cramps, seizures, smooth, painful lymph gland swelling called a bubo), then I would seek further treatment. Not all strains of Yersinia are pathogenic (disease causing). Yersinia pseudotuberculosis rarely causes disease.

Like e. Coli, not all strains are pathogenic. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

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