What causes brownish colored stool?

Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 in General Health
Question: Since Sunday my stool has been a light brown to XXXXXXX color. I had been on a soft food diet, and started back on normal diet on Saturday. Is color ok?
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 58 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
I am Dr Mittal.
I have read your question.
I think I can help you.
However, I need to know why you are worries about the colour?
Did you have any problem?
Why are you on soft diet?
And what are you taking in soft diet?
Any medicines?
Please let me know.
I will like to help you further.
Dr Mittal
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Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 6 hours later
No I just noticed that the color had changed. It is normally a medium to darker brown. I was on a soft diet due to tooth extraction, but have been back to normal diet since Saturday.
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Probably diet induced

Detailed Answer:
Dietary items are known to cause this.
What you eat significantly changes the colour.
So I think it would be because of that.
What is more, the worrisome colour change is when it turns black like hair and is tar like in consistency.
This change is probably due to your change in diet.
Best of luck, Dr Mittal
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Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 5 hours later
So light brown to XXXXXXX is ok?
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Detailed Answer:
As I said before, the colour of stools depends on your dietary intake of pigments.
You said that the diet has changed from before.
Accordingly it is possible that the stool colour may have changed.
If there is no jaundice,it is unlikely to be abnormal.
If you want to be absolutely certain, test with CBC, LFT, RFT and stool routine and occult blood.
Let me know the reports for further suggestions.
Best of luck, Dr Mittal
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