What is the meaning of the yellow loose stools?

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Doctors usually request stool samples from patients who are going through a variety of symptoms. The samples provide information about the overall health of the digestive system. Fecal material which differs in terms of color and consistency may indicate disease or infection. Yellow stools, soft are a rare variety and may indicate a medical problem.


Healthy stools are brown and well-formed, indicating a healthy diet and high functioning of the digestive system. Yellow, loose stools can be anywhere from light green to bright yellow. This type is usually not well formed and disintegrates upon contact with water from the toilet. It may also appear to have a high content of water or moisture that makes it appear like a liquid. There is no singular odor associated with yellow stools, although an unusual odor that is not typical of normal bowel movements may accompany the stool.


Yellow stools, soft may indicate one of several conditions. Less serious causes include a natural reaction to a diet rich in foods with yellow or green dyes. Loose stools or orange yellow can be the result of a diet rich in beta-carotene. Very yellow stool may indicate low levels of healthy bile acids and bacteria in the digestive tract. The bacteria responsible for returning brown feces have not had enough time to interact with the feces before the body's expels time.

Chronic occurrence of yellow, loose stools may indicate more serious problems. Gilbert's syndrome is a disorder where the liver produces too much bilirubin can lead not only to yellow stools, but also to a yellow tinge to the skin or eyes. Fat malabsorption is another possible cause of the yellow stools. If your body is not properly absorbing fat, too much can end up in your body, giving rise to stool with a yellow tint. Malabsorption may indicate a serious condition such as celiac disease. Yellow stool can be a sign of gallbladder disease or even pancreatic cancer, conditions that require immediate medical attention. Rarely they are caused by a parasite called Giardia, which invades the intestines and interferes with digestion.


The specific treatment depends on the cause of the condition, which can be determined through an examination and analysis of blood or stool. If the stool is the result of a fluctuation in the diet of a person, the doctor may advise an alternative that is high in fiber and probiotics, which promote healthy bowel function. Chronic yellow stools are usually indicative of something more serious. If they are the result of disease, gallbladder may need to be removed. Liver disorders contributing to the yellow stools can be controlled through diet or prescription drugs. Chronic loose stools can also contribute to dehydration. Excess fluids or intravenous fluids may be prescribed in extreme cases of dehydration.


A diet rich in green vegetables and fiber helps regulate the intestines and promotes normal digestion. Diets rich in fiber help reinforce consistency during digestion. Controlling food intake dyed to reduce the likelihood of having an abnormal stool color such as yellow. Rich in iron and magnesium foods help promote healthy liver function to reduce the likelihood of excess bilirubin production.


Normal bowel movements include occasional soft or discolored stools. Liquid or yellow stool is not always indicative of a serious problem. However, chronic yellow stools require the attention of a doctor who can diagnose the cause of abnormal bowel movements and monitor the patient for signs of dehydration resulting from diarrhea.