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What would cause a white stool?

What would cause a white stool?

Not normal: White stool is usually caused by a lack of bile which is secreted by the gallbladder. It needs to be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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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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What would cause yellow/white foamy stools? Also having lots of gas. Stomach making lots of noises. But no severe pain.

What would cause yellow/white foamy stools? Also having lots of gas. Stomach making lots of noises. But no severe pain.

Flora off balance: Could be that your gut bacterial flora is off balance. Try taking acidophilus supplements for a few weeks to see if this restores it. If not better, see MD for some bloodwork. If the stools are hard to flush down, then they are rich in fat which can mean the pancreatic, bile system is off. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of white stool?

What are the common causes of white stool?

Variety of causes: Hello. I recommend prompt medical evaluation. White stool is not normal. Possible causes include hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). ...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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Can antibiotics cause white stool? I've been using them for 2 weeks now.

Can antibiotics cause white stool? I've been using them for 2 weeks now.

Stool color: Antibiotics change the normal bacterial composition of our intestinal tract and can cause looseness of stool and due to the more rapid transit through the intestines, lightening of stool color often results. This usually causes tan color but white stool is unusual and suggests malabsorption of fats. Take probiotics and give your intestines time to normalize to see if normal pigmented stool returns ...Read more

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I had white stool this morning. The first part was white and the rest was brown. I ate 3 bananas last night, could that cause it? Or is this serious?

I had white stool this morning. The first part was white and the rest was brown. I ate 3 bananas last night, could that cause it? Or is this serious?

No worries: Stool color is determined by multiple factors, one of which obviously is what you eat. If it doesn't happen again, I wouldn't worry about it, especially if you don't have any other symptoms. ...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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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

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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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Can the pancreas cause white stool? my us showed no stones on my gallbladder but was unable to get the pancreas because over overlying gas

Can the pancreas cause white stool?  my us showed no stones on my gallbladder but was unable to get the pancreas because over overlying gas

White stools: ODixon, I am not seeing the correlation. Chronic pancreatitis will cause white stools due to steatorrea, which is fat in the stools. The gas over the pancreas is due to air in the stomach. I can deduce nothing more from information given. thanks ...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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My son has white stool what do I do?

Call your Peds: White generally means no bile is emptying into the intestines so the stool will have no color. If an infant, an urgent visit to your pediatrician is needed. There may be need for an urgent surgical procedure that may not help if delayed. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat white stool?

What are some ways to treat white stool?

Warrants med eval: Hello. I recommend prompt medical evaluation. White stool is not normal. There are a number of possible causes such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). Light colored stool can be related to lack of bile salts. ...Read more

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Is it natural for a 20 months baby to have white stool?

Is it natural for a 20 months baby to have white stool?

White as in "white": The color of stool comes from liver secretions. If the liver is not functioning or its ducts are blocked, then the child will have white (acholic) stools. This rare condition (biliary atresia) is unlikely in a 20 mos old who would have been noted to be ill from infancy. If the baby is well, then the color of the stool likely represents her diet. Too much milk, not enough meat/veg/grains/fruit. ...Read more

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I had white stool for 2 days which I ignored was about a month ago hasn't happened since anything to worry about?

I had white stool for 2 days which I ignored was about a month ago hasn't happened since  anything to worry about?

Steatorrhea: Steatorrhea is the presence of excess fat in feces, which give stools white appearance. Stools may also float due to excess lipid, have an oily appearance and can be especially foul-smelling. Common causes of steatorrhea include: lack of bile acid due to biliary dyskinesis, hypolipidemic medication, celiac disease, pancreatitis or insufficiency. If symptom persists, please consult your physician ...Read more

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I had a white stool today; could this be related to eating white powder donuts yesterday? Should I see a DR ASAP or wait to see if it happens again?

I had a white stool today; could this be related to eating white powder donuts yesterday? Should I see a DR ASAP or wait to see if it happens again?

White stool: Do you have pain? Was it mucus/ from strainign ? constipation? usually it is not from white powdered doughnuts ,but may represent gallbladder issues. Would call /be seen over next 48 hours. if pain go to ER ...Read more

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My wife has an occasional grey or white stool. It is not diet or medication related. Is this anything to be concerned about?

My wife has an occasional grey or white stool. It is not diet or medication related. Is this anything to be concerned about?

See MD: See your primary care doctor or gastroenterologist. Consider abdominal ultrasound with attention to pancreas and gallbladder. ...Read more

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