Feces Color and Shape | Excrement Color and Shape | Stool Color and Shape

Several terms are used to describe debris removed by the body.Here are just a few words: feces, excrement or stools.

Although it is not like talking about feces, about how it looks like smell, if float or not, what color were they can provide us essential information about general health.

Seat features related to color, texture, sea, shape or quantity are affected by many factors, including diet.

See Green

People who have green chair should not worry because it confirms that the person has a diet based fruit and vegetables – rich in chlorophyll (green pigment of plants). 

Also, feces can have this color and after a treatment with antibiotics, the iron supplements, or appear as a reaction to laxatives and other products. 

If besides the green chairs, patient experiences and vomiting, these may be signs of a gastrointestinal infection. 

See Orange

It was observed that feces often tend to have orange, can be quite scary because it makes you think that is caused by blood.Faeces get orange if consumed foods rich in beta carotene – an antioxidant found in orange foods like carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and apricots.The same effect can be given and beta carotene supplements based or eating foods containing red dye.Also, the drug Rifampicin, used to treat bacterial infections, especially tuberculosis, may lead to orange coloration in the faeces.

See red (blood)

Although at first glance the red seat, may indicate a serious disease of the gastrointestinal tract, in reality can only be a sign of high consumption of safe food caused by the color red – tomato juice, red gelatin, ice cream. 

But if the faeces on toilet paper or toilet bowl safe notice traces of blood, there is every chance that those caused by bleeding hemorrhoids be or anal fissures or other anal and rectal diseases.These lesions can occur in childhood, or may be caused by constipation, anal sex or the introduction of foreign objects into the anus.

Hematochezia is the medical term for this blood red, undigested in the faeces.If blood in stool is lighter, brighter then indicate the presence of disease in the lower gastrointestinal tract, especially the colon.If blood in stool is dark red to brown, then the condition is at the upper tract: esophagus, stomach and small intestine.

Hematochezia may be one of the symptoms of diverticulitis – condition characterized by quite painful irritation or infection of the colon at a diverticulum – Irritable bowel syndrome (symptoms of the disease: diarrhea, cramps, nausea, weight loss), polyps or cancer colon. 

This symptom can be caused by intestinal infections, parasites but can occur in response to certain drugs that contain potassium or antibiotics given to treat ulcers. 

Dark stools (melena)

Very dark stools may be more sinister than red, being caused by drug treatments on iron Charocoal (to control intestinal gas) or Pepto-Bismol, and medicines that contain bismuth.

But dark seat can be given by this digested blood in the stool and is known as melena.

If this phenomenon does not disappear, plus other symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue or vomiting should go for immediate medical because they can be symptoms of colon cancer and other serious gastrointestinal problems. 

Also be noted that these symptoms may be caused by alcohol and drugs – aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen and other drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs. 

Melena also may be one of the symptoms of gastritis – inflammation of the lining of the stomach or cancer in one of the upper gastrointestinal system. 

Yellow chair 

Occasionally, yellow to white stools can mean that the person has consumed a high quantity of light-colored foods: rice, potatoes, etc..Those who have made treatment or investigation with barium X-ray and can see that the faeces are much lighter these days.Antacids, calcium and some anti-diarrheal medications may have the same effect.

If these characteristics of faeces persists (medical condition known as “alcoholic chair”) may indicate that the ball does not reach the intestine, indicating the presence of a tumor or blockage of the bile duct or a calculation in the pancreas. 
“Alcoholic seat” may be one sign of liver disease involving bile duct blockage, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer.Other possible signs of blocked bile duct include: dark yellow urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes, pruritus (itching) and occasionally pain.

Floating chair

Most times, sinking faeces in the toilet bowl water, but sometimes they float to the surface.Usually, the causes are intestinal gas, excessive intestinal gas really keep afloat seat.
If the gases are caused by diet, then there is no reason for concern, but if they are the result of gastrointestinal disease, then there is the possibility that the patient suffer from celiac disease – disease that is characterized by an inability to digest gluten person who found especially in wheat.Also, feces can be seen floating in irritable bowel syndrome.
People with diseases of the digestive tract, often have diarrhea and floating stools. 


If you notice that the faeces are smelly and contain fat, the first signs of steatorrhea present – the presence of abnormal amounts of fat in faeces. 

Oily stools are either IBS symptoms or may suggest that followed the diet contains too much fat and / or your body does not absorb fat properly. 
Also, signals often persistent malabsorption steatorrhea – condition that is characterized by poor absorption by the gastrointestinal tract but fat and other nutrients. 

Because excess fat can be caused by blocked bile duct, steatorrhea can be with yellow seats – one of the signs of a disease of the gallbladder, liver, pancreas or cancer. 

See thick / glossy

If faeces shiny hair then there is the possibility that the patient was suffering from a food allergy.As with seats that have an unusual amount of fat, sleek chair is a symptom of gastrointestinal diseases, such as bacterial infections, intestinal obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome or irritable bowel. 

Shiny seats can sometimes indicate a bacterial infection of the intestine (shigeloza) or parasitic infection (giardiasis).Finally, the mucus in the stool can be one of the symptoms of rectal diseases, such as proctitis – inflammation of the rectal mucosa.

See thin

If you notice that the seat has diminished not a good sign, because it can be one of the symptoms: IBS or irritable bowel or intestinal occlusion may indicate the existence of – caused by adhesions, polyps or cancer tumors. 
For example, the seat which has the form and size of a pencil (or ribbon) is an important sign that warns of the risk of colon cancer. 

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  1. “Green chair ? ” ” Floating CHAIR ‘ . “If you notice that the SEAT ”

    WHAT the eff is this person talking about ? I have NEVER in my life heard these words referring to fecal matter . I have heard a MILLION slang words for it but ,,

    chair and seat ? huh ? Doctor Oz doesn’t even use that reference . In 43 years I have never heard chair and seat , and I guarantee you most of your readers haven’t either .

    Not to mention the grammar , ” If faeces shiny hair ” , um what ?

    Most times, sinking faeces in the toilet bowl water, should be “Most times feces sink into the toilet bowl water ”

    If you notice that the seat has diminished not a good sign, should be >> IT IS not a good sign , or there should be a comma after diminished .

    Also, feces can have this color and after a treatment with antibiotics, the iron supplements, or appear as a reaction to laxatives and other products.

    should be ,>> feces can have this color after a treatment with antibiotics , iron supplements or can appear this color as a reaction to laxatives and other products .

    steatorrhea – condition >> should be A condition .

    The use of the word Faeces , which most people use FECES , Faeces will NOT come up in a keyword search . My spellcheck is even trying to correct it , lmao.

    My God , I could go ON and ON , who proofreads these things ? A person got PAID for this ?

  2. Though it seems like you definitely put some effort into writing this article, the overall quality of the grammar is sort of painful. It’s not a bad article, and I’m sure the research was… Interesting…. To say the least… It just takes quite a while to get through because of the grammatical errors, some of which were mentioned by Gwen.

  3. This is very good information to know.

  4. You must also consider who wrote the article and where they came from…….English words are used and spelled differently in different parts of the English speaking world.

  5. The information you gave is very enlightening. The article was concise and easy to digest.


  7. The information you gave is very enlightening.

  8. The information in the article is quite poor and potentially misleading.

    First, as Gwen wrote, the use of the words “seat” and “chair” for excrement are so rare that they should not be used.

    I suspect this is Singaporean or Hong Kong English, but am not certain. Wherever it is from, the writer should strive to eliminate localisms from written language.

    Second, feces usually float due to the presence of fat, not gas. This can be from either a fatty diet, or occasionally be a sign of liver or gall bladder trouble.

    Then, the article ignores a serious sign of internal bleeding: black, “tarry” defecation. Particularly if accompanied by abdominal pain, it requires immediate medical attention.

    There are also several intestinal parasites that change the way fecal matter looks. They are not easy to explain in 20 words or less, but there are several articles on-line that go into the necessary detail.

    Healthmad is not a bad place to START your search for medical information, but in ANY Internet search, you should verify all information. Especially with your health!

  9. Interesting to say the least :P As briantaylor1992 said I bet the research was fun!

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