The colors of your stool usually reflect what you’ve eaten and how much bile it contains. Bile is a greenish-yellow liquid that aids digestion and is excreted by the liver. As it travels through the gastrointestinal tract, its color changes to brown. Therefore, it is normal for stools to change color, especially when eating a varied diet. But When the stool is yellow, it may indicate a health problem. In these cases, you should consult a doctor, especially if they are repeated and are accompanied by some other symptoms such as: fever, fainting, inability to urinate, difficulty breathing, among others.
Why is the stool sometimes yellow?
There are several reasons why stools may be yellow or also called pale stools., whether you have Irritable Instinctive Syndrome (IBS) or not, including:
- Diet. By eating some foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, or foods that have yellow coloring, you can change the color of your stools and turn yellow. This color can also be due to the consumption of very fatty foods.
- Pancreas problems. When there is a disease that affects the pancreas, such as pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or a blockage of the pancreatic duct, surely food cannot be digested properly. Undigested fat can cause the stool to be yellow.
- Gallbladder problems Gallstones can block bile from reaching the intestines, which can change the color of your stool. There are also other gallbladder disorders that can change stool color, including cholangitis and cholecystitis.
- Liver problems. Diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis can lower the amount of bile salts, necessary for the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients, causing the stool to turn yellow.
- Celiac Disease. When you have this disease and gluten is ingested, the immune system can damage the small intestine, resulting in an inability to absorb nutrients. In this case one of the symptoms will be the paler stools.
Complications of yellow stools
When the droppings are yellow and are not treated in timeThis can affect health by giving some signs such as a reduction in red blood cells, dehydration, poor nutrition, growth problems in children and the possibility of spreading cancers or infections.
Some of the symptoms that may warn of a problem in the digestive tract can be: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, gas, foul-smelling stools, bloating in the abdomen and abdominal cramps.
When the stools are pale they can be accompanied by other complications such as: jaundice, fever, fatigue, itchy skin, and bone or joint pain.
It is important to consult a doctor when the color of the stool changes color repeatedly and even more so if they are accompanied by other symptoms, as it can be an indication that something is wrong with our health.