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White Stools After Flu
I have been having a light tan, almost white stools the past few days. Yesterday, I had flu like symptoms. Gallbladder removed years ago.?
Jaundiced?: Tan to white stools can be caused by hepatitis. Are the whites of your eyes yellow? Even if not, you should see your md. ...Read more
Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more
Flu? "Stomach flu"?: Influenza is a respiratory illness and has nothing to do with the gastrointestinal tract. Any illness can cause loose stools, and foul smell is normal when food rapidly passes through. But it's not the cause of flu. ("Stomach flu" is different, not properly called flu at all. Usually caused by the virus named norovirus.) Check with the child's doctor if the problem continues. ...Read more
Flu stool color: Flu is a very broad term. Stomach flu? URI flu? Which one? Light colored stool is also not very specific and in the eye of the beholder. Does it look like milk, or white, or are you stools normally very dark like black and now are not so? Show to your team. Depends on what you eat and your stool transit time. Recommend you google stool color and look at images and see how you match up. ...Read more
Lots of causes: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more
My husband is just getting over the flu and said that he had a dark green stool with mucus. Would that have anything to do with the flu?
Depends: Influenza is a fairly acute illness most commonly in the colder months of the year with chills, fever, respiratory symptoms, and occasionally abdominal symptoms. Viral gastrointestinal illnesses are due to different types of non respiratory viruses and are associated with vomiting and diarrhea. Green stool with mucus can occur with either illness. Report to md if severe or persistent. ...Read more
Hydrate!: Make sure your child does not become dehydrated. If you are unable to keep anything down your risk for this increases specially if you have diarrhea. Try giving small frequent amounts of fluids, use electrolytes such as pedialyte. If your child continues to have emesis seek medical attention asap. ...Read more
Is it normal to have projectile yellow/green coffee ground stools during the flu? This has happened more than 12 times today.
Recovering from gastric flu & diarrhoea. My stool is starting to harden but the colour is very pale. I have stopped meds yesterday. Should I worry?
Had flu like symptons for a few days and now they've cleared. But I started gettig jaundice. I have no more symptoms except jaundice and lightish stool?
I feel like I've had the body flu for awhile now.... there's blood in my stool and mucus when wipe. I always feel light headed like I'm gonna pass out?
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Blood in the stool is a reason to get prompt medical evaluation.
Also, if you have a gastrointestinal bug which causes bloody stools, again is a reason to go in for an evaluation. Only a few causes of gastroenteritis have bloody stool as a finding and may need antibiotics.
Lightheadedness/almost passing out could represent blood loss, or more commonly significant dehydration. ...Read more
5yr old had stom flu two days ago. Started to feel better now had loose stool again. How long till it goes away and she's not contagious?
Diarrhea: It may take up to ten days for her to improve and become non contagious. ...Read more
Diagnosed with stomach flu on Monday haven't thrown up or had stool since Thursday can I eat normally now? Fries, pickles, chips, etc...
I don't recommend it: If you are recovering from "stomach flu" and are starting to feel hungry again, no vomiting or diarrhea, it's fine to start adding solids to your diet, however I would take it easy af first. Try something bland, low in fat, and easy to digest (chicken noodle soup, crackers, toast etc) before trying anything oily, fried, or spicy! Your digestive system is recovering, you don't want to shock it! :) ...Read more
Not abnormal: After having a viral syndrome affecting your digestive tract, it may take a while before your bowels return to their previous pattern. Try to be patient, and gradually increase your diet when you are feeling better. Call your doctor if you have black stools or blood in your stools. Good luck. ...Read more
My 2 year old daughter is having green stools but being sick and crying but also has the flu is there any thing I can give her?
I got sick. Its not the flu, low liver function. Blood now in stool? Had an ultrasound that showed some black spots on liver. Should I be concerned??
Yes: You need further evaluation concerning liver function, blood in the stool. Any history of cirrhosis as rectal varicose can bleed. Need more history of the sickness ...Read more
For 2 days I've had loose stools a temp of 99.7 soar muscles weakness nausea hot flashes I do have anxirty BP is a little elevated 137/87 do I have flu?
The stomach bug..: It is possible that you have the flu, but flu infection often causes pulmonary symptoms in adults, such coughing/wheezes etc. And more with gastrointestinal symptoms in younger children. Viral gastroenteritis (stomach bug) is more likely the cause of your trouble. Tums/peptobismol and some Motrin may help, along with increase of fluid for couple of days. If worsens, call doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: It will take several days to recover completely-so your stools may remain softer and lighter than normal for several days or even a week or more, and they may be more frequent than normal. ...Read more
Diarrhea: Viral gastroenteritis may last up to a week, make you your child is drinking pedialyte or other electrolyte containing drinks. Slowly and gradually the stool consistency will become normal. Brat diet can be helpful. Stop all juices. If no improvement after a week better see his doctor. ...Read more
I have flu like symptoms, vomiting, bright yellow liquid stool. I wanted to know if this is normal for flu symptoms or should I go in?
Diarrgea: You should see your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist to make sure it's not infectious. ...Read more
I had the flu with fever, still coughing from it, and now when I went to the bathroom, there was little stool and allot of blood, and I had no pain, I never had blood in stool or such, I'm so worried and scared, what should I do? I'm very shy to go to th
Exam: I know that you are shy;however, you will need an abdominal and rectal exam to determine the cause of the bleeding. ...Read more
Unlikely: There is no correlation between the injection of the flu vaccine and the content of the stool. ...Read more
I have my stool light brown color, usually is dark brown. I'm also having a flu and is this from orange juice (Vitamin C) or something else?
The change in the color of the stool you described is not a clinically meaningful issue.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I have been experiencing gastro internal discomfort for 11 days. Stool samples negative. My doctor - a stomach flu. 11 days? Misdiagnosis?
I've had a bad case of the stomach flu for past few days and now my stool is yellow to pale orange. Should I be concerned?
Virus: If this is a viral intestinal tract infection causing diarrhea or loose stools, the color change is to be expected due to more rapid transit of stools through the intestinal tract and would be a temporary situation. Disorders of liver, pancreas or gall bladder can also cause these color changes. If bm's don't revert to normal after several days, consult your physician or gastroenterologist. ...Read more
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