In adults, normal feces are usually colored brown, which gives it bile pigments. Depending on the amount of pigment, the color of the feces can vary widely from almost discolored, white to black.
The color of feces may change with the use of various products that have intense color. Changes in the color of feces is of great diagnostic value, as it often occurs as a result of various pathological changes in the body.
In general, the appearance of green feces is an important cause for concern. After all, fecal masses are in many ways a kind of indicator of the body’s work, especially in children.
Why feces green: causes in adults
What does this mean, and for what reasons does it appear? Most often, the feces of green color appear in a perfectly healthy person for the one simple reason that he has many products in which there are green dyes. Such dyes are not digested in the stomach, but gradually begin to color the feces in a dark green color. And the more dye was eaten, the more intense the color of feces.
This color of feces can cause:
- green leafy crops: salads, dill, onion, broccoli, savoy cabbage, spinach;
- caramel with dye;
- cereals and muesli;
- sea fish and red meat;
- Red beans;
- black liquorice;
- fruit juices;
- vegetable puree from a number of baby food.
However, this stool color also indicates gastrointestinal diseases. Diseases of the small intestine, dysbacteriosis, antibiotics can give a green color to feces for a long period of time. In this case, the disease is accompanied by an unpleasant putrid odor.
Dead leukocytes, which accumulate in the intestine during an acute inflammatory process, give a green tint to the feces. If a patient has dysbacteriosis, the food in the small intestine is digested with difficulty, which leads to putrefactive and fermenting processes in it and the formation of substances that color in green feces in adults.
Why the stool is green: pathological causes
If we exclude the alimentary factor, then a number of other reasons remain, due to which the green color of feces appears in adults. These factors may be associated with impaired intestinal activity and other organs and systems associated with it.
The most common ailments causing dark green feces are:
- food poisoning;
- rotavirus infection;
- food allergies;
- Crohn's disease;
- intestinal innervation;
- malabsorption syndrome;
- stomach ulcer;
- internal bleeding;
- fructose and lactose intolerance;
Sometimes this color of feces is observed in infectious inflammations and diseases, for example, in acute enterocolitis. In this case, the patient may also have vomiting and fever.
What to do?
If the faeces change color due to the use of a certain food, medication or food supplements, then specific treatment is not required. However, in all other cases, you should consult a doctor, especially if the green stool is accompanied by fever, diarrhea or constipation, weight loss and general malaise.
The feces of greenish color can be either a symptom of an incipient disease or a temporary phenomenon. The main thing is to establish the exact reason for such a change, and if necessary, begin to take measures to restore it.