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Yellow Diarrhea – Causes, Treatments and Prevention Methods

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Bright green or yellow diarrhea is characterized by the excretion of watery, loose and bright yellow stools for at least three times in a day.

Meanwhile, green diarrhea is a term used to describe the passing of watery, loose and liquid green stools which is mainly triggered by an excessive intake of green leafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach, broccoli and cabbage.

A pale stool can also be caused by a rapid transit of watery stools from the small intestine to the large intestine.

When an individual suffers from diarrhea after eating, it may already indicate a more serious digestive problem.

Causes of yellow diarrhea

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Clinical studies show that yellow watery diarrhea is actually caused by the failure of the liver to produce sufficient amounts of bile because of a serious liver dysfunction. Bile is responsible for the change of color of the stool from bright yellow to brown. The failure of the liver to produce sufficient amounts of bile leads to the excretion of stools which can actually range from bright yellowish-brown to a yellow-gray color.

This type of watery yellow diarrhea can also be triggered by a bacterial, parasitic or viral infection acquired from contaminated water and foods. Powerful medications used in chemotherapy such as antibiotics and laxatives can also trigger the onset of yellow diarrhea. Surgeries, radiation and liver diseases can also be the cause of the yellow poop condition.

 

Symptoms

This type of yellowish diarrhea is often accompanied by symptoms such as extreme tiredness, cramps and a feeling of malaise. Weakness can also be experienced by the victim. Other indications of yellow diarrhea include dizziness, frequent thirst, tearless crying, headaches and decreased urination.

Chronic yellow liquid diarrhea which lasts for at least four weeks causes the victim to dehydration due to a significant loss of potassium and electrolytes. The most common symptoms of dehydration which the victims usually experience include irritability, dark colored urine, fever, confusion, sunken eyes, dry skin, irritability, dry mouth and excessive thirst.

However, if the condition starts suddenly without the presence of signs other than watery, loose and off-color stools, it can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection that have been picked up from a contaminated food or water.

 

Treatment and Prevention

Dehydration is one of the leading dangers of watery yellow diarrhea. When the condition lasts for more than four days, treatment must immediately be sought after because it can already indicate a more serious digestive problem.

milk-cow-diarrhea-remedy-memeoptimizedThe usual remedies and treatments for this bright yellow liquid diarrhea include the use of acidophilus, apple cider vinegar, Bismuth subsalicylate, folic acid and Loperamide hydrochloride. Intake of bananas apples, and blueberries is strongly recommended because they can improve and tighten the stools. Instead of solid foods, the victim is advised to take clear soups to let the digestive system rest from digesting hard foods. Fiber-rich foods should also be taken excessively because they regulate and promote a normal bowel movement by helping the body absorb substantial amount of fluids.

No matter what the cause is, intake of excessive clean fluids that contain electrolytes should be observed. Several small meals should be taken frequently however, the avoidance from foods that contain alcohol, caffeine and fats should be observed because they can aggravate the condition. Sodas, gelatin and fruit juices should also be avoided because they contain substances that can trigger the onset of yellow diarrhea.

 

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17 Responses to “Yellow Diarrhea – Causes, Treatments and Prevention Methods”

  1. Josiah says:

    My diarrhea is definitely yellow and I feel like crap right now. This is worse than the worst flu I ever had and damn the cramp is just horrible. Luckily we have apple cider vinegar at home, so hopefully that will give me some quick relief. My anus will not be able to take much more of this explosion…

    • Sammy says:

      Hi Josiah,
      Sorry to hear that… I urge you to eat plenty of bananas apples, and blueberries and also fiber rich foods… follow the remedies above and you will get better.

  2. Maria says:

    I’ve been drinking a lot more coffee and coke lately, I wonder if that has been causing me to have diarrhea in recent days. I’m thinking maybe because I’m replacing water with coffee and coke, I’m suffering from even more dehydration or perhaps it’s just making the diarrhea worse. I don’t know, but I’ve never suffered from diarrhea for this long. I’m going to replace what I drink with clean fluids that contain electrolytes and also follow other home remedies to get it to stop.

    • Sammy says:

      Hi Maria,
      Definitely drink more pure water! Too much coffee and coke is bad for you in more ways than one. You will get good results if you can follow the advice in this post.

  3. Taylor says:

    This was really helpful. For about 4 weeks I’ve had yellow stool that is very soft/liquid. (I’ve had this before, too). I don’t drink sodas or coffee, just water. I get urinary tract infections very easily. What’s causing this and what should I do?

    • Sam Billings says:

      Hi Taylor, I really advise following the tips covered in treatment and prevention above and have a read of our articles on urinary tract infections too. There are definitely natural methods to combat this condition.

  4. Dr. Muzammil Irshad says:

    Appreciable effort!
    Steatorrhea is sometimes called yellow diarrhea. It refers to defective digestion in the digestive tract of our body. In other words, malabsorption of certain foods contents causes the color of the stools to be yellowish. Steatorrhea or yellow diarrhea can be classified as primary or secondary. Topical sprue and celiac diseases leads to primary steatorrhe, while the examples of primary steatorrhea include regional enteritis, Whipple’s disease, lymphomata, entero-enteric fistula, and intestinal strictures. Yellow diarrhea may be caused by many other conditions (e.g. amyloid disease, diffuse systemic sclerosis, and diabetes mellitus.) and certain drugs like neomycin, phenindione, and phenolphthalein. Steatorrhea develops when digestive system does not receive bile acids, pancreatic enzymes or does not have normal lining of mucosal cells. Thus, ingested fats cannot be absorbed and are expelled with feces.
    Diarrhea can cause serious illness if not treated on time. Dehydration is one of the important outcomes of the loose stools. Therefore, rehydration is one the important and first treatments of diarrhea. When we talk about home remedies, there are several ways to manage diarrhea at home. Bismuth subsalicylate, intake of bananas and Loperamide hydrochloride are the recommended treatments for diarrhea. Folic acid helps maintain the gastrointestinal mucosa and thus helps with diarrhea. Fiber-rich foods avoid diarrhea. Studies reveal that lactobacilli-fermented milk is safe and effective to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea [1]. Similarly, acidophilus is effective for traveler’s diarrhea. Hlebowicz et al reported that apple cider vinegar delays gastric emptying in insulin-dependent diabetic patients with diabetic gastroparesis [2], but, there is no study available recommending apple cider for diarrhea. Even studies have reported that unpreserved apple cider can transmit E coli, causing severe infections [3]. Do not forget consulting your health care provider before you start on these home remedies.
    References:
    1. Beausoleil M, Fortier N, Guenette S, Lecuyer A, Savoie M, Franco M, et al. Effect of a fermented milk combining Lactobacillus acidophilus Cl1285 and Lactobacillus casei in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Can J Gastroenterol. 2007; 21(11): 732-6.
    2. Hlebowicz J, Darwiche G, Bjorgell O, Almer LO. Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study. BMC Gastroenterol. 2007; 7: 46.
    3. Besser RE, Lett SM, Weber JT, Doyle MP, Barrett TJ, Wells JG. An outbreak of diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome from Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fresh-pressed apple cider. JAMA. 1993; 269(17): 2217-20.

  5. martin says:

    I started experincing yellow diarrhoea today,yesterday I took lime juice and about an hour after fried chicken Ithink that might have been the cause and i also have stomach pains. please help.

  6. brittany says:

    After 3 nights of very heavy drinking i am experiencing this. I went on a camping trip and our group drank alot! Came home i am weak beyond belief, watery stools yesterday every 20-40 mins, only 2 today constand gagging, vomitting, fever n chills!

    • Sam Billings says:

      Drinking too much alcohol is also a common cause for diarrhea especially the yellow watery type. Get lots of rest and drink lots of water and eat yoghurt…. did you learn a lesson?

  7. gina says:

    I’m on my fourth day of takeing my antibiotics for a bladder infection and I’ve been experience ing yellowish/ runny stools like a couple of times a day and peeing frequently is this normal?

    • Sam Billings says:

      Hi Gina, unfortunately antibiotics are a common cause of this type of yellowish and runny diarrhea. It is completely normal. Please follow the advice written above and it should return to normal soon. Dont panic.. :)

  8. Ang says:

    Ive had the yellow, loose watery stool for almost 5 years. Ive seen a GI doc who has thrown around different things but never given an answer so i stopped going. I looked this up today because of an instant change to bright green! After reading all of this im thinking a second opinion and new appt to a GI doc is in order. Im just afraid because theres meer been any resolution to this. Just constant bathroom trips 5+ times a day for far too many years!!
    any ideas on this?

    • Sam Billings says:

      Hi Ang, Sorry to hear you are not finding an answer. If you have tried the diet changes and other remedies outlined here and it still remains a problem I really think you should make an appointment with a specialist (A new doctor you haven’t seen yet). It may be an underlining condition that is causing this.

  9. julia says:

    My 12 year old grandson has chronic diarrhoea for past 4mths. No sickness but symptoms so severe he cannot make it to toilet on occasions. Yellow and watery motions. Any further advice please?

    • Sam Billings says:

      Hi Julia, I suggest your grandson follow the guidelines in this article and he should see a good improvement. Especially eating acidophilus yoghurt. Hope he sees some improvement soon.

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