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I'm Really Scared! I don't recall eating something orange!

I went to do #2 today in the washroom. When I look at it, it stool is mainly brownish, but then there are parts that were bright orange color. I looked into it and I saw that there were orange spots everywhere and some where bigger spots. There was one particular orange spot that was really obvious. I don't think it's blood! However, when I wipe, there were very little orange stuff. Can this be food that caused this? I don't recall eating something orange! I'm scared!
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replied March 27th, 2012
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Your stool color can vary greatly from day to day. All shades of brown are considered normal. Discolored stool rarely indicates a potentially serious intestinal condition.

Stool color is generally influenced by the food products ingested and as well as the amount of bile, secreted by the liver. Bile, a yellow-green fluid that is important for the absorbtion of fats from the intestines. As bile pigments travel through the intestines, they are chemically altered by bacterial enzymes, which change the pigments from green to brown.

But in your case, since you do not have any major signs and symptoms, there should be nothing to worry about.

You might consult with your doctor, who can order a stool test, which can help to clear all doubts.

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