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What does it mean if your stool is white

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what does it mean if your stool is white
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Kathleen replied 9 years ago.

HelloCustomer

Thank you for posting your question.

  • Are you taking any medications, or have you taken any over the counter medications recently?
  • How long has this been occurring?
  • Do you have any other health issues?
  • Do you have any other symptoms at all?

Regards,

Kathleen

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Kathleen's Post: no other symptoms.....
first bowel movement in two days,
no over the counter meds,
just occured once so far.
Expert:  replied 9 years ago.

Hi calmen,

Thank you for responding.

It is not normal to have white stool. It can mean a number of things and you do need to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

It usually indicates a problem with the liver or gallbladder. Stool is brown because of the secretion of bile. If bile is not being normally produced, the stool turns white.

Antacids can cause this, some antibiotics and other medications, but since you have not taken any there seems to be a cause that requires a diagnosis from the doctor. If you have further questions, please contact me.

Here is a link for you that provides a list of possible causes.

White stool

Regards,

Kathleen

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