ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What causes yellow stools / poo?

Updated on November 5, 2011
Source

For you to be reading this it is very likely that either you, or someone you know is experiencing concerns over the fact their stools / poo have begun to appear yellow in colour. It is possible you found this article after reading my original article which was Have you examined your stools / poo lately? and one which has proven to be very popular ever since it was published. Because of the many questions my original article generates from the readers, I decided to expand on the information it contained in a series of articles covering the reasons for various stool / poo colours. Needless to say, many people are far too embarrassed to discuss their bowel movements with other people, (even if those people are in the medical profession), so much like we all do they turn to the Internet in the hope of finding answers. I hope that by researching and writing this series about the many colours stools or poo can turn, it will help people to either stop worrying, or seek further medical attention.

As is clear from the title of this article, you will be reading this to find out what causes yellow stools / poo. If you are interested in reading about any other colours of stools / poo and what they might indicate, then a series of links to the other articles can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Causes of Yellow Stools / Yellow Poo

As with most unusual coloured stools or poo there can be a number of reasons for you to have yellow stools / poo. You might also want to look at my article on Pale Coloured Stools / Poo (you can find the link at the end of this article), because the two can be very similar and you might not be 100% certain if your stools qualify as being pale, clay or beige as opposed to being yellow. This list however is focused on the reasons for yellow bowel motions.

  • Steatorrhea is a condition which may cause yellow stools due to excessively high levels of fats. Many health disorders can cause Steatorrhea, e.g.celiac disease and pancreatitis. It may also be caused by caused by foods traveling too fast through the digestive system and leaving nutrients and fats undigested, (malabsorption)
  • Gallbladder problems such as cholecystitis, gallstones,
  • Giardia, a parasite ingested through polluted water or waste products such as nappies/diapers can result in yellow diarrhea and flu like symptoms
  • Liver diseases such as cirrhosis or hepatitis can cause a reduction of bile salts resulting in yellow stools
  • Pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas) or Pancreatic Cancer
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is another cause of yellow stools. The symptoms of GERD include sore throat, heartburn, chest pains and chronic coughing. Avoid alcohol, chocolate, peppermint, coffee and fatty foods
  • Gilbert's Syndrome is a condition is characterised by jaundice and hyperbilirubinemia when too much bilirubin is present in the circulating blood. The good news is this condition is completely benign.


Disclaimer: Please remember this article is intended only as a guideline. If you are concerned about the fact your stools / poo appear to have become yellow in colour, then I would strongly advise you make an appointment with your Doctor in order to give you a professional medical diagnosis, as opposed to relying on Internet based information.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad to hear it, and thanks swai james :)

    • profile image

      swai james 

      5 years ago

      nice article because it has helped me a lot

    • profile image

      Neo 

      6 years ago

      I am healthy person, athlete, fit and in shape. I stop eating anything that is meats and fish and my shit turns yellow for some odd reason. I eating anything with low fat. I don't think i have anything to worry about but must surprise to know the colour changed when i change my diet.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad to be of help eli :)

    • profile image

      eli 

      6 years ago

      hello! this is very useful. thank you!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I would suggest you read my article on pale coloured stools / poo as this explains the reasons for this in more detail for you.

      https://hubpages.com/health/What-causes-pale-colou...

    • profile image

      geniva 

      6 years ago

      my poop was white for 2 days and then changed to light brown, should I be concerned?

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are welcome Hubert, and thanks for commenting :)

    • profile image

      Hubertsvoice 

      6 years ago

      My father had ulcerated pancrease with the same collor of poo. Thank you for stirring up more poop.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks soniacharan, glad you liked it :)

    • profile image

      soniacharan 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,INDIA

      useful and full of knowledge...

      recommended...

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)