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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Dark stool: Iron makes the stool black, so if it in your vitamins that could be the cause . In fact the reason blood makes the stool black is because of the ir ... Read More
Dr. William Haehl
46 years experience Family Medicine
Possible: Digested blood in stool turns stool coal black. It is often blood coming from the upper G-I tract like an ulcer or gastritis. There are other things ... Read More

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhonda Simons
15 years experience Family Medicine
See doc!: You might have contracted a parasite of some sort. They'll have you collect a sample, look for eggs,worms, and other fun things.Then, if positive, th ... Read More
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
54 years experience Internal Medicine
Bacterial diarrea: Please see a doctor.will need tests & medications. Stay well hydrated. Can have banana,rice,apple sause & tea.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Not sure: Black stools can be due to medications that contain either iron or bismuth, eating certain foods (like black licorice), Gastrointestinal bleeding or i ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Flat brown stool: The amount, color, frequency, shape of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications, supplements ingested, gut flora (uniqu ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Tarry? Sticky?: Foul smelling? - if yes then get it medically checked out to ensure that you don't have GI bleeding.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
23 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not: Some foods cause your stool to change color but oreos should not cause the stool changes you describe. I wouldn't worry if this issue occurred 1 time, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
24 years experience Family Medicine
It might..: It might be completely normal depending on what you ate. However, we would need to know what other symptoms you are presenting. If the stool turns bla ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
43 years experience General Surgery
No but stay alert: the color of stool reflect what you eat so most of the time nothing to worry about. rarely in older population could represent a slow bleeding in yo ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
A simple stool: test obtained from your Primary Care Physician's Office will disclose any blood in your stool (which could explain the black stools) Otherwise your di ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Perhaps: Without more information I would say Yes be worried. If you are concerned enough to write in I would go to a doctor and get a Fecal occult blood test ... Read More
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