What Do White Spots in Your Stool Mean?

Updated on March 17, 2019
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Trained in dentistry, Sree is currently pursuing lab sciences. She loves researching and sharing information on various health topics.

The color, consistency, and frequency of your bowel movements can say a great deal about the current state of your health, and finding strange things in your stool can certainly be alarming. In this article, we'll go over several reasons you might be finding white matter in your poop.

Your stool, feces, poop - or whatever you may call it – comes in many different consistencies and colors. Several factors contribute to its characteristics. Normally, it is a well-formed brown matter. Sometimes, it takes on different colors and this happens because of different reasons.

For example. Green poop could be caused by a high amount of veggies in one’s diet or drinking beverages with green food coloring; it can even be caused by iron supplements. Yellow poop is normal for people who eat very greasy food. However, if it appears greasy and is very smelly, this could indicate digestive problems. Black poop could be because of medication like bismuth subsalicylate (also seen in white poop) and iron supplements (also taking on a yellow color). This color can also be caused by eating black licorice.

It could be the blackberries you just ate, or it could be that you are facing a much bigger problem. But, if you're not experiencing any other symptoms (like diarrhea, abdominal pain, or bloody stools), then chances are the white bits are harmless (likely from something you ate) and they should go away. Wait for a couple of days and see if they go away or if you develop any other symptoms.

If stool abnormalities continue, and especially if they're accompanied by other symptoms, then you should see a doctor for a stool analysis. Further examination may involve culturing or growing organisms found (if there are any) to identify them.

Below I'll go into detail about reasons you might be finding white spots in your poop, as well as give some information on other poop abnormalities you might be experiencing. I'll also identify some things that are not likely to cause white specks in your poop.

Possible Causes of White Spots in Poop (Ordered From More to Less Likely)

Cause
How you can know
Other details or symptoms
Something You Ate
Have you had okra, quinoa, or other fibrous veggies lately? Sometimes bits of these remain undigested and can appear in your stool. Nuts and seeds are other common culprits.
If it's something you ate, the white spots should go away if you change your diet. If you have other symptoms, like diarrhea, fever, or abdominal pain, that last for longer than two days, you should get seen by a doctor.
Capsules From Medications
Sometimes medication capsules remain undigested in stool. If you've started a new medication and are seeing white balls in your poop, it could be the capsule from the medication.
Consult your doctor if you start experiencing any other symptoms like diarrhea, fever, or abdominal pain. If symptoms persist, you may ask for a lower dosage or another drug to get rid of the discoloration.
Tapeworms
Tapeworm segments can be visible in stool. They are white and flat, about the size of a postage stamp.
You might not have any symptoms if you have a tapeworm. If you do, symptoms might include nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hunger or loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. See a doctor to have a stool sample taken.
Threadworms
Threadworms won't appear as spots. Rather, they look (like their name suggests) like tiny threads in your stool. They may be moving.
Intense anal itching is one of the main indicators of threadworms, along with difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

It can be alarming to see strange objects in your poop! Luckily, most of the time and for most people, it is no cause for concern. Stool exams are there for a reason. They are meant to find out if there’s something worth worrying about. Though, do note that most harmful infections are usually accompanied by pain and other forms of discomfort, as well as a change in texture, consistency or odor. Seeing white spots in your stool isn’t enough of an indication that you have a more severe problem to deal with.

Here's some more detail about some of the more likely causes of white things in your poop.

Undigested Food

Sometimes white particles may simply be due to undigested food, such as seeds or fibrous plant matter. Have you eaten okra lately? What about quinoa?

Food like corn will show up in your stool the way it is, even after passing through your digestive tract completely. Nuts and seeds, like almonds and sesame seeds respectively, are characteristically white - and like corn, these could appear in your stool as well.

If you notice white specks in your stool once or twice and you don't have any other symptoms, you could dismiss it just as something you ate. However, if the white flecks appear regularly, and if their presence is accompanied by other symptoms like diarrhea or weight loss,1 then you might need to get medical help.

It could also be a globule of fat or something similarly harmless — again, if it happens just once or twice, you shouldn't worry about it. It's only when it becomes a recurring pattern that you should be concerned.

The Capsules of Medications You're Taking

Sometimes white balls in the stool are actually what used to be the capsules of medications you've taken or their "husk".2 Have you recently started a new medication? If you have, and you aren't experiencing any other symptoms, what you're seeing is probably nothing to worry about.

The body may have absorbed the needed chemicals, but the capsule itself is another story. If you find empty cases in your stool, these are what’s referred to as “ghost pills” which are generally not harmful.

Some medications that have been known to show up as ghost pills are oxycontin (a pain reliever), venlafaxine (an antidepressant), and metformin (used to alleviate and treat diabetes, especially seen in extended-release forms).

Side-Effects of Medications

Sometimes, medications can really give this effect just by how it acts on your body, especially when it targets your stomach or digestive system. A particular type of medication that can give you white-spotted or colored feces are antacids. Anything that has aluminum hydroxide will probably make your stool look weird since it is trying to balance out your stomach’s pH.

If you are having diarrhea, pepto-bismol and kaopectate are common drugs taken to help treat it. However, these drugs contain bismuth subsalicylate which can give pale-colored or clay-colored stool.

Antibiotics can have this effect too, especially with long-term use or if you have been staying in a medical facility for a while. This can cause an infection by an organism called Clostridium difficile. Before, only older adults got sick from this but in recent years there has been evidence of younger and healthier patients contracting or becoming at risk of this infection without any history of prior issues with it.

C. difficile is notable because it produces toxins that target your intestinal lining. Toxins are substances released by certain bacteria that destroy your cells and produce plaque-like patches of inflammatory cells and cellular debris in the colon. Once these waste products are discharged, it will look like white patches or spots on your feces.

Another important factor to point out is that abuse or even slight, unprescribed overuse of drugs and increase of dosage should not happen. Any adjustments to your medications should be monitored by your doctor. Such overuse can cause drug-induced hepatitis – which upsets your gut environment, by drugs like NSAIDs (or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), hormonal birth control (in the form of pills, injectables, or intra-uterine devices), and certain antibiotics.

Tapeworms

If you're living in the US, it's highly unlikely that you have a tapeworm infection. However, I am including it because it is one possible cause of finding white things in your stool.

If you are fond of eating street food, sushi, or if you live in countries within Southeast Asia, you might need to watch out. Tapeworms and other parasites are easily contracted through ingesting food with these organisms. Although tapeworm infection is not that common, white specks seen in your poop are noted as a key symptom.

Tapeworm segments can sometimes be visible in your poop. They look like flat white patches about the size of a postage stamp, and they may possibly be moving.

Oftentimes people with tapeworms don't have any symptoms, but if you do, you might experience:3

  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hunger or loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

If you've seen white patches or are experiencing any of the above, especially after traveling or eating food that might be suspect, you should see your doctor to have your stool examined.

A good tip to prevent this experience is to find out where and how your food is being made. Cooking your meat properly is also essential as undercooked meat can serve as a reservoir and actually keep the tapeworms alive.

Tapeworms can be obtained from eating poorly cooked fish, beef or pork infected with the cyst form of a tapeworm. Accidental ingestion of cat or dog fleas can also cause this. A good way of preventing the ingestion of tapeworms is to avoid eating raw fish such as sushi or any freshwater fish. Another is by thoroughly cooking or freezing food because this practice destroys the parasite in its larvae stage.

As a community, strict compliance to sanitary requirements for food establishments will help reduce the risk and incidence of infections. Treating the sewage systems before it enters a lake or any body of water would also help as this prevents infecting the fish that live within its waters.

What you may see as white spots might be eggs and proglottids of the parasite, although usually these are well-hidden or easy to miss! But, in abundance, the eggs may look like ovoid, yellow-brown eggs up close.

Reduce your exposure to flea-related parasites by keeping your cats indoors to keep the fleas out. Regularly bathing or cleaning them, using anti-flea products will also help you avoid tapeworm issues. You might also want to clean up your home, disinfecting it to make sure that you’ve eliminated the different parasites.

Threadworms or Pinworms

Pinworms are another white object that might appear in your poop, though these will look less like dots or specks and more like tiny half-inch long or shorter threads that may be moving.4

Threadworm infection is a type of infection that is most common in children and can spread easily. Usually, these worms come out of the anus at night, causing irritability and waking up. Less common signs are weight loss and bed-wetting.

These worms usually live in the lower parts of the gut and lay eggs around the perineum or the skin near or around the anus.

People suffering from a pinworm infection usually suffer from anal itching and other symptoms that go along with that, such as insomnia or infections from scratching the anal area. Women may experience itching in the vaginal area as well.

Medication prescribed to treat it will be able to kill the threadworms, but not the eggs. You can still prevent this from happening or from reinfecting! To do so, wash your hands well and don’t forget to clean the crevices under your fingernails, especially after using the toilet. Or better yet, keep your fingernails short. Wear proper underwear at night and change it in the morning. Lastly, always wash your sleepwear and sheets.

It is not advisable for you to share towels with others since a person who may be infected (sometimes unknowingly) might transfer eggs to you. Thumb-sucking may also be responsible for the spread of the infection, so it is better to train your kids early on to not depend on such habits. If you are an adult with an unconscious habit of biting your nails, it is best to stop doing so because you might contract other infections – not just threadworms.

Surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom must also always be disinfected and cleaned. Your toothbrushes should be sterilized and placed in boiling water. This is because threadworm eggs can latch on to different surfaces and if left alone, will hatch in about two weeks.

If you suspect a pinworm infection, you should see a doctor for examination and a prescription for treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

If you suspect that the white spots in your stool is due to an infection by some organism, you might want to look back on how you were feeling. Recall the last meal you had and several meals before that. Did you eat somewhere that might be unsanitary? Did you eat with people who might have the same problem? Did you suffer from any abdominal pain?

Answering these questions will help you and your doctor pinpoint how you managed to get infected by parasite or bacteria. Other symptoms to watch out for include a rapid heart rate, bloated or swollen abdomen, increase white blood cell count, and presence of pus in stool.

See a doctor, especially if white-spotted feces is accompanied by loose consistency (perhaps shortly after antibiotic therapy). To know if the diarrhea you are having is indicative of an infection, observe if you experience three or more watery stools a day that last for more than two days.

Hepatitis and Other Viruses

Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is important for you to understand that the liver is also an important component in the body’s waste elimination process—if something is affecting it, signs will likely show up in your stool.

Viral hepatitis (present in types: A, B, and C) and the aforementioned alcoholic hepatitis can cause your liver to swell up and inflame. This will reduce the amount of bile that will pass through, and even block it completely.

Other viruses (and hepatitis itself) may not be the direct cause of the white spotting in your stool. In some cases, the discoloration is found in people whose immune system is being compromised by the virus and are coping with it through treatment with radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This type of stool is also sometimes observed in people undergoing treatment for AIDS.

Unlikely or Unproven Causes of White Matter in Your Stool

Giardia

There are some sources that claim you are able to see cysts from giardia in your stools, but this is incorrect. Giardia cannot be seen with the naked eye. To be diagnosed, you must see a doctor and give several stool samples which will be examined under a microscope.5

Giardia lamblia is mostly linked to increased fat and mucus in stool instead of white spots. Since this is a parasite in its immature stage, it cannot be seen by the naked eye. But in connection, giardiasis has symptoms which include diarrhea and epigastric pain as well as jaundice. Jaundice is a primary sign of liver problems – which is significant in its role of stool formation.

Giardiasis might even mimic other infections, but consistent with it is the diarrhea with no blood present; instead, there is mucus and even cellular exudate. To say that the cellular exudate is causing the white spots or patches might be a stretch, which is why laboratory diagnosis is essential.

Candida or Yeast in Your Stool

I have not been able to find any research that supports the idea that candida is ever visible in the stool, even for people who have a compromised immune system. Though candida is often present in the stool, as it is a fungus that is present in general in the human body, the idea that it could be visible and look like white spots is something that I have not found any supporting evidence for.6

However, some clinical studies do suspect these white spots might be dead candida cells.

Besides that, Candida can also be tested for in the stool but is not the best diagnostic test for intestinal Candida. Still, doctors will ask for you to take a stool exam, in which they take a sample and incubate it then test it to see the exact yeast found in your stool.

This test can also be done microscopically to see if there is an actual growth of Candida species. If any other parts of your body is affected then it might a tell-tale sign that you have a fungal infection. It could be in your blood, your mouth, or your genitals.

In large amounts and during the onset of a severe infection, white, string-cheesy material in frothy stool can be found. Much like its baking counterpart, it will look similar to the rising yeast used when making bread. It can also be mistaken as mucus. However, studies have not proven that this is the organism itself, but rather the tell-tale sign of a Candida infection – which has to do with its systemic effect on the body.

Let's talk about where and why you get Candida infection. Regardless if this is a direct cause for your white-spotted feces, it is important to know where things can go wrong especially if it involves your intestines and its health.

Inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract is responsible for a lot of digestive infections. Because these conditions change the internal environment of your gut, you are susceptible to growth or invasion of unwanted organisms be it be bacteria or parasite.

Inflammatory bowel diseases are a common suspect for this change in chemical and physical environment. Crohn's disease is an example in which there is a chronic (or long-term) condition affecting the lining of your gut. Another example is ulcerative colitis, which also affects the lining but produces sores mostly in your large intestine or colon.

Proton pump inhibitors can also be a possible suspect. Used mostly to treat acid reflux, the reduction of acid and subsequent increase in pH or alkalinity in your stomach can once again change your internal conditions, and therefore with the right condition, allow Candida and other fungus to grow.

Hypercalcemia or High Levels of Calcium

I found no scientific evidence to support the idea that calcium leaving the body would be visible as white spots in your stool.

Hypercalcemia mostly happens as a result of excess production of the parathyroid hormone (also known as hyperparathyroidism). Its symptoms are quite similar to other diseases we have discussed so far, but not entirely. Gastrointestinal moans such as abdominal pain, nausea, and constipation is still present, but rarely does it express itself through change in normal stool characteristics.

The elevated calcium levels are more accurately seen through bone aches and pains, but since it is related to hyperparathyroidism, it is linked to metabolic conditions.

Further research would have to be done regarding its digestive effects for us to actually know if there is a notable difference in stool for a person having high levels of calcium.

Lactose Intolerance

I found no evidence to support the idea that lactose-intolerant people would be able to see visible white dairy matter in their feces.

The effects of lactose intolerance is primarily displayed by loose and watery stool, followed by sudden and explosive bowel movement. Lactose is abundant in dairy – which begs the question: why does it not create white spots?

Well, for starters, lactose intolerance stems from the lack of an enzyme called lactase, which is needed to breakdown lactose into glucose and galactose. We need to break down lactose because as a molecule, it is far too large to pass through our small intestine. Glucose is also the primary carbohydrate we use to conserve or get energy to burn.

Lactose, if not broken down will cause abdominal pain and diarrhea because it clashes with our intestinal bacteria. As the body attempts to eliminate this unwanted and undigested sugar, it signals our muscles to contract and this results in watery stool. It is not that the dairy or milk product itself was not detected, but rather it’s the molecules our gut unsuccessfully digests that is causing the problem.

Stool displayed by lactose intolerant people is noted for its foul odor and loose, watery texture.

You may want to talk to your doctor if you observe a connection between lactose intolerance and malabsorption. But as of now, it probably is not the reason for the white spots.

Other Abnormalities: Mucus in Your Stool

Mucus is a jelly-like substance that is normally present in stool in small amounts. It can look clear, to white, to semi-yellow.

I'm including information about it here because it is something that can appear to be white and is found in the stool, though more likely than not, mucus would not take the appearance of white spots. It would look more like white blobs or strings.

The inner intestinal linings naturally produce mucus in order to keep your colon moist and lubricated. You might occasionally notice some streaks in your stool, and it's likely nothing to be concerned about.

However, if you've noticed a significant increase in mucus that is happening regularly or that is also accompanied by blood or pus, abdominal pain or cramping, or changes in bowel movements, it's enough of a cause for concern that you should see a doctor.7

Your small intestine is responsible for absorbing the nutrients from your dietary intake, and carrying it into in your bloodstream which will deliver them to the different parts of your body. Malabsorption syndrome is when you have trouble importing essential macronutrients.

Macronutrients are what proteins, carbohydrates, and fats and lipids are. They are essential for creating vital substances that keep your cells running, and also serve as sources of energy or as enzymes to help your body processes run faster.

A common disorder, called irritable bowel syndrome, causes large amounts of mucus in the stool. Although it is a disorder, it is not a disease which tends to run in families. The mucus you see is simply what you normally have inside, but pushed out because of a physiological dysfunction.

In IBS, the colon does not contract normally. For patients who have this, they may experience abdominal pain which comes and goes. This pain can even move from one area to another, but as a whole, give the person discomfort and pain.

This condition can lead to several problems. Depending on how you choose to deal with it, your bowel movement might be altered. Sometimes, this effect is triggered by acidic food and drinks, such as coffee, spices, raw fruit, and dairy products. These types of food can cause your colon to go through a series of nerve impulses, making it contract faster and harder, pushing out the mucus in order to eliminate the food.

Mucus that's accompanied by diarrhea could be indicative of an intestinal infection, while mucus that's accompanied by blood or abdominal pain could be indicative of a more serious condition, such as Crohn's disease, cancer, or ulcerative colitis. It might also be caused by excessive straining during elimination.

Other Abnormalities: Pale or Light-Colored Stools

Pale or light-colored stools are also called acholic stools. It may signify bile duct blockage. To put things in perspective, feces is normally brown because your blood sometimes breaks down into components, such as hemoglobin. This substance helps form conjugated bilirubin that when passing through the bile duct to your small intestine, is converted to urobilinogen and stercobilinogen. This is taken care of the bacteria normally living in your intestines. Later, stercobilinogen oxidizes to urobilin – the compound responsible for the color you see.

Your intestinal bacteria is more important than you think. Bacteria often gets a bad rep because it is commonly associated with infections – which is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve. However, normal (aka healthy bacteria) bacteria actually participates in the proper digestion of food leading to the substances above. Without them, your stool might simply take on the form of any fluid or food you are consuming.

Bile is a digestive fluid that is produced by the liver and is responsible for the yellow-brownish color of normal stools. It is naturally yellow-brown to greenish in hue, and it is excreted from the body through feces.

According to HealthLine, pale or clay-colored stool is not normal and could be an indication of a problem with your biliary system, a combination of your gallbladder, liver or pancreas.8

My research indicates that it's unlikely you'd find your poop to be "spotted" because of problems with your biliary system. It's more likely that the entire stool would be clay-colored or pale, as opposed to only parts of it. I'm including information about it here, however, since this information might be relevant to people who are seeing white areas in their stool.

If you have a pale-colored poop every once in a while, it's probably not a bit deal. If you start seeing them regularly, however, you'll want to seek medical attention because you might have a serious illness.

Pale stool is also often noticed in people taking medication or undergoing diagnostic procedures that involve barium sulfate. This diagnostic procedure is often referred to as barium enema or barium swallow in medical settings.

A good example of this is during a CT scan or other radiologic or X-ray examination. It works as a contrast agent as it coats your digestive system in order to help scan it more clearly. Barium sulfate also comes in food or in liquid, but will normally pass if you have regular bowel movement. Usually, you can observe your stool to be back to it’s normal color after two to three days.

In addition, if you're having bulky, greasy, pale, and foul-colored stools, you might be experiencing steatorrhea — which means that there's too much fat in your stool, and you could a condition causing malabsorption.9

Pale stools are also associated with biliary problems and steatorrhea appear more bulky and frothy than they are like white spots, sometimes they may even look greasy and can float.

Malabsorption itself causes many terrible diseases. These include bacterial overgrowth, intestinal resection, celiac disease (people with this condition are restricted from eating gluten, keeping them from a lot of nutrients needed), and even intestinal ischemia (a painful disease that can lead to death).

See a doctor if you've been experiencing pale, clay-like, or greasy stools more than just occasionally, and especially if you're having other symptoms like abdominal pain.

Bile blockage

After learning more about how the liver performs its physiologic function to stool formation (or in this case coloration), we now understand the importance of this organ. Now, let’s study the issues can contribute to complications like white, pale, or clay-colored stools.

The most common cause of the problem is mechanical disruption or blockage. The following are some examples of what might block your bile ducts.

Cysts may block your bile duct. Gallstones are calcium deposits in the gallbladder that when present and in terribly high amounts, block the bile ducts as well.

Schlerosing cholangitis can cause bile production to be cut short or be lacking in general, or even cause a bile duct blockage by itself. Tumors present around the affected area may also block the flow and if left untreated, could lead to more severe problems.

Your pancreas are often linked to biliary diseases as well, since both are necessary for good digestion. It is home to a type of cell that controls your metabolism of macromolecules and other important hormones like insulin, which governs your body’s use and storage of sugar. Diseases related to our pancreas can impact your liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts as well.

Damage to this organ can mean long-term illnesses and one of its symptoms is the appearance of pale-colored stool that can also be bloody; this is accompanied by jaundice and diarrhea with fat droplets. You might also see dark colored urine and experience itchy skin, as well as pain in the upper abdomen traveling to the mid-back region.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic procedure that is capable of showing any inflammation in the pancreas, abdomen, or pelvis. If either one or two of your digestive organs are suspected to cause the problem (or if in tandem such as the liver and the pancreas), any blockage or swelling or unwanted debris will be observed and hopefully removed thereafter.

You could have also been born with liver problems in your biliary system. As such, you are more likely to find abnormally-colored stools. Overall, nothing beats a well-thought out diagnosis and confirmation from your physician. You will get advice that is specific to your needs in order to avoid this from happening again, and be informed if you need additional work-up tests should an underlying problem be suspected.

Possible Treatments

If upon seeing your physician, and you are diagnosed with something that explains your white-spotted or pale-colored feces, these are the possible treatments your doctor might give you.

One is vitamins. Since stool is a product of your digestive system, it has to work properly in order to digest and absorb and then excrete the food you eat. Getting your daily vitamin requirement from your diet makes it easier for your stomach to absorb, and better for your cells to perform its tasks.

Diet supplements is an option for those who are unable to get the balanced diet they need because of an inherent disability to eat food that are sources of certain nutrients. It is important that a doctor gives you instructions for this since overload on certain minerals and other substances – even just having a little more than what you need – might have very dangerous effects.

For extreme cases, bile acid dissolution therapy could be advised. Otherwise, surgery could also be an option, but only for the more escalated problems which may have shown up along with your liver problems.

Care and Prevention

You do not always have to be afraid of anything thing that looks irregular. Your body adapts to its environment, your diet, and your stress levels. But, a good way to prevent something like this from happening is to take better care of yourself and be healthier.

To get started, you would want to make sure that you are adequately vaccinated and find time to look through your records to see which viruses and diseases you have been vaccinated for. The same genus of a virus can have different species, which have different strains. Make sure you are properly protected from the infections prominent in your locale, or that your family is prone to.

Another is to place emphasis on your liver health. It is an organ that gets neglected because it does not seem to do as an important job as the heart and the brain, for example. However, this is a false belief—the liver is essential as it filters our blood.

Alcohol has long been studied to have severely damaging effects to our liver. Limiting your intake of it will benefit your liver and your overall health. Moderation will be key here.

Healthy bowel movement is always a good indication of a healthy digestive system. Eating a balanced diet is important for this. Having enough fiber in your diet has greatly contributed to many weight-loss journeys. It is filling and can be found in many different health foods.

Earlier, we pointed out that eating fiber might show up as white-spots in your stool, but note that this depends on what food you’re eating and how your body responds to it. You can find other sources of fiber such as pineapples and whole grains.

A good thing to add to your diet are probiotics. You can have yogurt and probiotic drinks or powders. Kimchi is also a great source of probiotics as well. The reason why probiotics is important, is that it makes sure you have a source of good bacteria that will help digest and metabolize your food more effectively. They have also shown evidence of overall wellness, as they contribute to the normal growth and population of your normal intestinal flora. This way, bad bacteria and parasites might be held off if your normal flora outnumbers them.

Wishing You Good Health!

Often, we tend to ignore the waste product that leaves our bodies. However, this shouldn't be the case. Being observant of any changes in our stool, for example, can help us better understand the current state of your body. Stool examination helps us by detecting and understanding how our body treats the food that we give it, and if our body is responding the way it should be. The best person to talk to is a doctor and even better, a specialist.

There's no need to be self-conscious about these details. Just remember that this is for your health. If you're that comfortable, you might even want to bring a picture to show them. That way, your physician gets a heads up and a clearer idea of what is actually going on. It is also important that you be honest about your family history and keep track of your diet.

I hope this article has been useful to you. Remember no Internet research replaces consulting an actual physician. For an accurate diagnosis, please take a trip to the doctor.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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