19 responses

  1. Josiah
    February 14, 2013

    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
      February 15, 2013

      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
    February 14, 2013

    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
      February 15, 2013

      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
    April 19, 2013

    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
      August 10, 2014

      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
    April 20, 2013

    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.
    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
    May 22, 2013

    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.

    • Sam Billings
      August 10, 2014

      Hi Martin, Sorry to hear that… Definitely try the treatments mentioned above and you should get well sooner.

  6. brittany
    July 8, 2014

    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
      August 10, 2014

      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
    August 9, 2014

    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
      August 10, 2014

      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
    August 18, 2014

    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
      August 18, 2014

      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
    August 21, 2014

    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
      August 23, 2014

      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.

  10. Heidi
    August 26, 2014

    Hi, I have had explosive yellowtail diarrhea for 2 days with stomach pain and cramps all over my abdomen, but very painful around the belly button. I have had 7 abdominal surgeries ( 5 caesarean cut, 2 keyhole ) and was told after last one that any abdominal surgery is DANGEROUS . I have multiloculated cysts in both ovaries (8cm and 5cm) that cannot be repaired now. 2 days ago I lifted a very heavy weight and within hours had cramping pain and explosive yellow diarrhea. I am too scared to go back to hospital as they punctured my bowel and removed 3.5 inches as well as scar tissue everywhere. I’m also an insulin dep. diabetic. Is this bowel motion dangerous?

  11. JAN
    September 10, 2014

    In July, I had a sore throat a few days, developed a cough. Dr. had me on Z-Pak, then Clyndamycin and then Levaquin. Because of a raspy sound in my voice, he started me on 14 days of Nexium in case it might be caused by acid reflux, yet, had no indicataors. He had me go to an ENT doctor. He said could be irritated from acid reflux. Ok, then I dispelled a large amount of bm, very loose twice in one day. A friend of mine almost died when she took Clyndamycin, was in hospital for a long time, the doctor said she might pass. She got better eventually. I began taking probiotics and that got better. I still have no energy and I have been to my doctor. Blood work all looked fine. I prefaced with all the info above to ask this question: Tonight, had an immediate need to have bm. it was loose but was bright yellow. (Gall bladder was removed years ago). We have been eating healthier and have had cooked carrots, cauliflower and broccoli with chicken tenders and brown rice. I am hoping the diet would cause the bright yellow color and not some underlying problem from the antibiotics and Nexium. As you can tell, I am an “A to Z” person but not usually this concerned with health issues. Thank you for any help. I appreciate those who have written above and for the helpful replies. Good health to us all! : )

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