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My stepson who's 11 forgot to flush his bowels. I thought I seen a big white stool in there but there were smaller brown ones too, should I be worried?

My stepson who's 11 forgot to flush his bowels. I thought I seen a big white stool in there but there were smaller brown ones too, should I be worried?

See Your Doctor: Stool color is affected by the diet and digestive processes. Some diseases interfere with normal digestion which can also lead to abnormal stool color and consistency. More information is needed regarding dietary habits, stool patterns, abdominal pain, and more. Be aware that children may not complain of symptoms. See your doctor for a targeted exam which may also include inspection of his stool. ...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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I have light colored stool everyday. Pancreas. Liver. GB.ruled out What else could it be? Thanks for your time, wisdom and care

I have light colored stool everyday. Pancreas. Liver. GB.ruled out What else could it be? Thanks for your time, wisdom and care

Probably not liver: I am sure your doctor has tested your liver functions and as long as you are not jaundiced (yellow) and your liver tests are normal, then the light colored stool is not liver related. More than likely, this is due to dietary changes, and/or changes in stool bacterial content. If, though, you do have elevated bilirubin levels, see a gastroenterologist for further assessment ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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?

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 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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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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Is there a particular diarrheal disease where you have watery white stool?

Is there a particular diarrheal disease where you have watery white stool?

Watery white stools: Watery white stool may mean that stool may contain mucus or exudate which is sign of colonic inflammation (colitis) another reason for white stool which may or may not be watery is jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) it has to do with lack of pigment in stool. Yet another reason is dietary or if one had oral contrast for radiologic testing. ...Read more

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My child has white stool/poop should I be worried?

My child has white stool/poop should I be worried?

No: Pale colored stool in children is usually a transient phenomenon. Seek medical attention if the condition persists or child develops jaundice. ...Read more

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20 year old male tired with white stool?

20 year old male tired with white stool?

See doctor: Fatigue or tiredness and white stool could indicate hepatitis, or other liver related disease. Could be a liver drug reaction if you are on medication. Alcohol or drug abuse may be an issue, as well. See your doctor immediately for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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20 year old male tired with white stool?

20 year old male tired with white stool?

See doctor: Fatigue or tiredness and white stool could indicate hepatitis, or other liver related disease. Could be a liver drug reaction if you are on medication. Alcohol or drug abuse may be an issue, as well. See your doctor immediately for a thorough evaluation. ...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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Just had white stool. I know that can indicate serious issues. Do I need to see a doc ASAP or wait to see if it keeps happening? Could it bejust a fluke?

Just had white stool. I know that can indicate serious issues. Do I need to see a doc ASAP or wait to see if it keeps happening? Could it bejust a fluke?

Any other symptoms?: White pale stool may reflect a significant biliary obstruction or profound liver disease (often with accompanying jaundice). Or the white may be just a coating of mucus (a colon lubricant) which when present in large volume may signal problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), partial obstruction, infection, and even sloughed colon lining due to a variety of diseases. Get checked. ...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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White stool with pain in upper belly with nausea?

Gallbladder: Related possibly. If fever and acute pain see urgent care. If not so bad contact doctor monday. ...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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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?

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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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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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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