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for a MD. Ive been having golden yellow floating stools

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I've been having golden yellow floating stools for a few days, and small pure oily discharge. I am a heavy drinker and have had the flu for the last week, fever has broken from flu. Should i be concerned?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 5 years ago.
Dear customer,
Welcome to just answer.Golden yellow stools are seen when there is deficiency of bile salts due to quick passage of stools and liver disease.The stool tends to float due to malabsorption of fats,giardia infections,chronic pancreatitis,hepatits or cholecystitis and regular alcohol use.A oily discharge sometimes accompany the stools due to ester wax which accompanies certain fish like butterfish,or oilfish.Ul;c erative colitis may provoke the oily dischargein some patients.Perhaps some malabsorption may be secondary to the viraemiawhich has not fully finished yet.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
ok, wow thats alot. What should i keep an eye out for and should i be worried? can any of this be left over flu symptoms?
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 5 years ago.
It is a possibility that some symptoms may be attributed to the flu.Stopping alcohol intake for some time will help.Increase in high fibre foods like fruits,salads,supplements of vitamin B and folic acid ,thiamine will help.You need not worry too much,though a healthier diet and better life style would help.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
ok, so this isnt the signs of like liver failure or any thing deathly?
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 5 years ago.
Some element of hepatitis or liver damage would be there due to alcoholic excess,but there are no signs of overt liver failure which can be seen by the stools.
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