Lehua Kyllikki. stools. May 10th , 2017.
Yellow It can be caused due to giardiasis, Gilbert's syndrome, etc. Malabsorption or pancreatic cancer can also be some of the causes.
► The color and the subsequent consistency of stools depends on various factors. While white or black stools could pose to be a cause of concern, green stool should not be a cause of much turmoil, if you notice it once in a while. This could be due to the medication one is on, or may also be due to a diet full of green leafy vegetables, that leads to a green-colored excreta.◄
Stool softeners are used to loosen the stool in case of constipation. They are also known as emollient laxatives. Additional water and fats are incorporated in the stool, which makes it easier for it to be eliminated from the system. Stool softeners work in the small and large intestine and may take anywhere between 12 to 72 hours to show effect. There are two main types of stool softeners, namely natural stool softeners and the medicinal stool softeners. In the medicinal stool softeners, the main ingredient is docusate. It is important to note that these stool softeners do not induce or increase bowel movements. They are often used to prevent constipation as opposed to treat it. Therefore, they are often recommended to people, who are not supposed to strain while defecating. This brings us to the question, is it safe to use stool softeners. Well, stool softeners are safe, when they are taken in limited quantities and for a short duration only.
Taking stool softeners during pregnancy is considered to be safe. The active ingredients in the stool softeners are not absorbed by the body, unless it is taken in large dosages. Therefore, it does not have an adverse effect on the growing baby. However, it is important that stool softeners be taken after consulting your health care professional. Same is the case with taking any other kind of laxatives. The health care professional will take your health into consideration, before recommending a stool softener or any other laxative to you.
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