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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Light - Colored Stool

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced light-colored stool. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Doctors think that IBS is caused by the brain sending wrong messages to the bowels, such as during times of high stress, causing physical changes.

    IBS is a chronic condition that may last for years, but it is not life-threatening and does not damage the bowels or lead to more serious illnesses.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, constipation, stool changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Hepatitis b

    Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    Treatment with medicines is usually continued for many years. Depending on age and time of infection, a chronic hepatitis can develop.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, headache, loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Possible Early Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Doctors think that IBS is caused by the brain sending wrong messages to the bowels, such as during times of high stress, causing physical changes. The formal criteria for this diagnosis requires 3 months of symptoms. Therefore you may have an early presentation.

    IBS is a chronic condition that may last for years, but it is not life-threatening and does not damage the bowels or lead to more serious illnesses. The formal criteria for this diagnosis requires 3 months of symptoms. Therefore you may have an early presentation.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, stool changes, constipation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Non Specific Stool Change

    There are many factors affecting the appearance of someone's stools. Often a variation in stool color and/or consistency is caused by food or medicines. Leafy greens and certain vegetables like spinach and kale can make stool look green. Iron supplements and medicines containing bismuth like Pepto-bismol can turn stools black. It looks like your stool change is probably a variation of normal.

    A few days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    black stool, green poop, dark brown stool, red stool
    Symptoms that never occur with non specific stool change:
    tarry stool, weight loss, rectal bleeding, fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  5. 5.Normal Occurrence of Diarrhea

    Diarrhea has numerous causes including bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, food intolerance & digestive system diseases.

    1 day

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, mild diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea:
    diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea:
    bloody diarrhea, severe diarrhea, worsening diarrhea, being severely ill, ill appearance
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Liver Failure

    Acute liver failure occurs when the liver suddenly struggles to function properly or stop working completely.

    Treatment depends on the underlying cause of liver failure.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    Most cases of hypothyroidism require lifelong hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Hepatitis a

    Hepatitis A is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    6 months

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Liver Cancer

    Liver neoplasm is a disorder of the liver. The liver is essential to metabolic processes and is responsible for filtering and cleaning blood.

    The treatment & prognosis for liver neoplasm vary and are dependent on the disease severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Light - Colored Stool

  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?

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Light - Colored Stool Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced light-colored stool have also experienced:

    • 14% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 8% Diarrhea
    • 6% Nausea
  • People who have experienced light-colored stool were most often matched with:

    • 40% Hepatitis b
    • 30% Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
    • 30% Possible Early Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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