Having orange diarrhea?
That might be scary, first because it is diarrhea, and second, because it is orange. So, what might be the cause of this uncomfortable situation?
Could you be suffering from a terrible medical condition?
Read on to discover the answers to those and other questions regarding orange diarrhea.
What is Orange Diarrhea
Orange diarrhea is loose, watery stool that is orange in color. Though there are chances that it could be caused by natural elements like food, it’s typically linked to certain medical issues, which we will discuss in a little while.
But, before you conclude that you’re having orange diarrhea, you got to first make sure it’s actually orange. To do that, examine the loose stool’s color in a well-lit bathroom. Be sure not to pass urine, so that it doesn’t affect the color of the stool. Remove the toilet seat, so you have a good view of the stool’s color.
What is Causing the Orange Diarrhea
If you’re just having orange stool, without diarrhea, you might not really be suffering from any disease. Orange stool might be as a result of particular food, beverages, medication or even supplements. Let’s have a look at the various substances that cause orange stool.
Medical-Related Causes of Orange Diarrhea: When to Worry
In case you’re experiencing orange diarrhea along with severe symptoms like abdominal pain, vomiting, and dizziness, there might be a more serious underlying issue that needs the attention of a medic. Some medical-related causes of orange diarrhea are:
What to do about Orange Diarrhea
The first thing to do about any diarrhea is to rehydrate. That means taking lots of fresh, purified water. Then, observe the severity of the diarrhea and if it’s serious, see a doctor. On the other hand, if it’s not serious, you can start by avoiding the junk food (or any of the other foods we’ve discussed above) that might be causing the orange diarrhea.
If after doing that the orange diarrhea doesn’t go away, it’s high time you saw a doctor.
And again, if you’re suffering the diarrhea alongside other symptoms like blood in stool, stomach pain, dizziness, and vomiting, there’s no need to wait; see a doctor immediately.
1. What’s the cause of orange diarrhea?
Orange diarrhea results from a range of conditions, including IBS, lack of bile, blockage of the bile duct due to tumors or gallstones, and more. But most likely, if you’re having orange diarrhea, it’s nothing serious. Causes could range from medications and certain types of foods (especially those with orange or yellow and red colors) to infectious diarrhea and microscopic colitis.
2. What foods can cause my poop to be colored orange?
Excess beta-carotene, whether in food or supplements, can cause your waste matter to be colored orange. Common beta-carotenes include carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes.
3. Which fluids should I take and which ones should I avoid when I have diarrhea?
Take plenty of clear fluid, including water (especially this one), soda, clear broth, and natural fruit juice. Avoid milk and milk products, caffeine, apple juice, and alcohol until you get better, as these fluids might worsen the condition.
4 How is orange diarrhea treated?
The treatment depends on the course and the severity of the diarrhea. If the diarrhea was caused by some food you ate, and it’s not very severe, you can just take plenty of water to rehydrate (avoid salty water) and wait for the diarrhea to go away on its own but if it doesn’t cease within a few days, then you know it’s time to see a doctor.
On the other hand, if the diarrhea is severe, see a doctor immediately. Treatment may involve a few pills along with rehydration because diarrhea literally drains the body’s water.
Orange stool is normally nothing to worry about because stool color can be as a result of what we take, but when it is orange diarrhea, that definitely needs some action. As we mentioned before, the first thing to do is rehydrate with plenty of fresh, purified water. If you’re having any severe symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult a doctor.
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