Are You Missing Signs Of Digestive Disease?

The Color Of Your Toilet Could Be Preventing You From Seeing Clearly

When it comes to digestive disease such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are there obstacles to tracking signs and symptoms? No doubt people with IBD encounter plenty of challenges, but some might not be aware that in some cases, what how paying attention in the bathroom could be part of the problem. In fact, certain types of bathroom fixtures could also be getting in the way of seeing what's going on with bowel movements. Keep reading to find out if bathroom habits, the color of the toilet, or even certain toilet paper could be a factor in preventing the discovery of certain signs and symptoms of digestive disease.

I'm Not Looking!

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If you're not looking into the toilet after a bowel movement, you could be missing something important. Photo © imagery majestic /

It's not exactly a favorite pastime for most people -- looking into the toilet after using it. But it is important to take a peek, at least every so often. If you have a history of digestive disease, you should probably monitor your stool regularly, ideally every time you use the toilet. You want to take note of the size, shape, and odor of your stool. If you are tracking your bowel movements, either on paper or with an app, you'll also want to record the time of your stool and other features, such as any symptoms you had before or after passing it. With some digestive disease, symptoms can come on suddenly, which makes it all the more important to take notice of them as soon as possible. The quicker a problem is seen and reported to a health care provider, the sooner it can be diagnosed and treated.

A Toilet Of A Different Color

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It might be on the boring and conventional side, but a white toilet is best for seeing what's going on with your stool. Photo © winnond /

Most of the time when we think of a toilet, we think of white porcelain. And in many cases, that's true. But not always. In fact, toilets can come in almost every color that you can imagine. With the explosion in do-it-yourself home decoration and installation, people are branching out in their color choices for bathroom fixtures. However, this can be problematic if you are monitoring your stool, or even your urine, for blood or mucus. A black commode might look sharp and match a black marble vanity top, but it may make seeing the color of your stool a difficult task. Yellow, green, or pink toilets can also be problematic. If you only have toilets of a different color in your home, consider replacing at least one with a white fixture, or using a white commode that's available to you whenever you can.

Colored Toilet Paper

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If your toilet paper is any color other than white, you might not be able to see what's on it. Photo © SOMMAI /

Another trend in bathroom features is colored, or novelty, toilet paper. White toilet paper is easy to find, and cheap, but some people may prefer colored paper. The problem is, if you use colored toilet paper on a regular basis, you won't be able to see what's on the paper. The same is true for anyone who uses other methods of keeping clean, such as flannel wipes or a bidet. Sometimes blood or mucus might not appear on the stool, but could show up on the toilet tissue. In fact, where hemorrhoids are concerned, blood may only show up on the paper after wiping.

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