What does healthy and unhealthy feces look like? What are the causes of thin, hard, dry, watery, lumpy, black, bright red, gray, tar-like, charcoal-like, and pale colored feces? This article will cover a complete explanation of its causes and problems.
This is a continual piece of my feces article series: Are your feces healthy?, Are your feces healthy?2, Your child’s feces: healthy or unhealthy, Effective home remedies for treating hard feces/stool problems, constipation and irritable bowel movement, Is your feces/stool normal?, what your feces tell about your health (part 2), what causes blood (or bright red blood) in your feces? and How does a bowel movement affect your feces/stool and health?.
What are the Causes of Pencil Thin Feces?
You might like your body shape to look pencil thin giving you a model like figure, or for your electrical gadgets to be compact and pencil thin making them handy for you to carry everywhere. Unfortunately, pencil thin feces is not a good thing.
Do you know that pencil thin feces could be an indication of colon cancer? It is also linked to colon cancer precursor like polyps found in the colon. Think that, when you have tumor or mass in your colon that blocks the delivery of body waste, and during which it is passed through this growth the body waste can become thinner just like a pencil shape. When you see these pencil thin feces on a continual basis, say 2 days or more, it can mean something abnormal is in your body. This should prompt you to check with a doctor.
Should My Feces Sink or Float?
Definitely, ideal healthy feces should sink and hit the toilet. There is a time when your feces float when your body did not properly absorb fat from the food you ate but ending as greasy, foul smelling and yellowish feces. This malabsorption problem can also be caused by other medical conditions, particularly celiac disease. If you are experiencing this problem constantly, I would advise you to see a doctor as unabsorbed fat may cause loss of certain essential nutrients needed by your body for an optimum performance.