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Is fecal discoloration so scary?
Fecal discoloration is a common cause for concern. After all, feces are in many ways a kind of indicator of the body's work, especially in children.
Why is the feces green?
One of the main reasons for this phenomenon is malnutrition. This is possible for both an adult and a child.
Basically, the shade of feces changes due to the consumption of a large number of foods rich in iron and saturated with artificial colors:
- Green leafy crops: lettuce, dill, onions, broccoli, savoy cabbage, spinach;
- Black liquorice;
- Fruit juices;
- Vegetable purees from a range of baby food;
- Caramel with color;
- Cereals and muesli;
- Saltwater fish and red meat;
- Red beans.
A dark green tint can persist for another five days after taking the above products. The bright green stools are mostly from additives and dyes. It is worth noting that often changes in the nature of bowel movements are observed in vegetarians who include in their diet a large amount of vegetables and fruits of this color.
Green feces in a child
In newborns, this color of the stool is not uncommon throughout the first month of life. This is directly related to the period of adaptation and breastfeeding.
But if the feces have a strong unpleasant odor, while the body temperature rises and the baby refuses to eat, then you need to seek medical help, because these are symptoms of an infectious disease.
This phenomenon can also occur in babies during teething. In this situation, excessive saliva production leaves an imprint on the color of the stool. As a result, a large volume of bile is expelled, which causes colic in the tummy and changes the color of feces.
It is possible that the violation is caused by an unsuitable milk formula that the baby eats with artificial feeding. In such cases, it is sufficient to simply change the product.
In newborn babies, green feces can be a residual effect of the first fecal matter. However, prolonged jaundice should serve as a reason for additional study of the function of the biliarybladder and liver. In some cases, milk protein intolerance or dysbiosis is manifested in this way.
If green feces are observed in an adult
In the vast majority, the color changes due to the intake of a variety of additives that adults like to take without first consulting a specialist. Besides, many of them are quite harmful. But mostly dietary supplements have minor side effects.
Greenish stools may occur when taken:
- dietary supplements high in iron;
- Herbal laxatives;
- Seaweed and chlorophyll;
- Vitamins and minerals;
- Iodine preparations;
- Sorbita and glucose.
Pathological causes of green feces in babies and adults
With the exclusion of the alimentary factor, a number of other reasons for the change in the nature of the stool remain, which may be directly related to the dysfunction of the intestine or with other organs and systems.
It is worth noting that bile, when released from the gallbladder, has a rich green color. And when it passes through the intestines, it gradually changes color to dark brown. But if it moves very quickly, then the color does not have time to change and remains green.
Reasons to promote fast food promotion:
- Food poisoning;
- Food allergy;
- Rotavirus infection;
- Malabsorption syndrome;
- Fructose and lactose intolerance;
- Crohn's disease;
- Celiac disease;
- Duodenal or stomach ulcer;
- Disorder of intestinal innervation in diabetes;
- Surgical removal of the ileum;
- Inflammation of the small intestine (mostly due to Crohn's disease);
- Impaired absorption of bile acids by the small intestine;
- Thyrotoxicosis (often due to an autoimmune thyroid disorder).
It is imperative to consult a doctor if green feces are accompanied by pain in the small or large intestine, when the temperature rises, vomiting occurs and this color of feces is observed for more than 5 days.
Basically, this symptomatology is characteristic of infectious diseases and inflammations. As an example, acute enterocolitis - inflammation of the intestines - is quite common. In this case, the feces are not only green, but also contain impurities of pus and mucus. In this case, this color is due to dying white blood cells.
Often there are very severe pains in the peritoneum, cramps, and diarrhea. If a person suspects this pathology, it is necessary to provide therapeutic fasting on the first day. Such drugs as Smecta, Regidron, Humana-electrol will help support the bodyit, etc.
On the second or third day, a sparing diet is allowed. In severe cases, medical attention is required for intravenous administration of saline.
It is necessary to pay attention to other signs, for example, with dysbiosis, bloating, frequent belching, increased gas production and abdominal pain are observed. Often in adults, this disorder develops due to antibiotic therapy, which is aimed at combating a specific disease, but kills the beneficial intestinal microflora.
At the same time, green feces have an unpleasant rotten smell. To determine the presence of the disease, you can use a detailed analysis of feces for dysbiosis.
Violation can occur due to bleeding with damage to the distal intestine. In this situation, this is due to the iron in the blood. Most often, this symptom indicates an ulcer of the duodenum or stomach. To confirm or deny the diagnosis, you need to contact a gastroenterologist for a fibrogastroendoscopy.
What to do with green stool?
If the faeces have changed color due to the use of certain foods, medications or nutritional supplements, then specific treatment is not required. However, in all other cases, see a doctor, especially if green stools are accompanied by fever, diarrhea or constipation, weight loss and general malaise.
Intestinal infections are especially dangerous, which are accompanied by fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea. Feces can contain mucus, pus and sometimes even streaks of blood.
The victim needs urgent medical attention, as dehydration sets in very quickly. Intravenous saline and glucose, and appropriate medication, will help maintain fluid balance.
Why the stool has turned green, if the person is not a vegetarian and does not take certain medications, only a doctor - therapist or gastroenterologist can answer. You may need to consult a surgeon. The child should be shown to the pediatrician first.