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How long should i wait before seeing a doctor if i have black stools

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Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
GI Bleeding?: Black stools can be caused by harmless things such as certain foods (e.g., blueberries, black licorice) or meds such as bismuth (pepto-bismol) or iron... Read More

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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
If melena, go NOW...: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not me... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tell dr now: Please tell your doctor now. He or she will direct you how to proceed. Black, tarry, malodorous stools can also be due to gastrointestinal bleeding.
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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
ASAP: Black stools can be a sign of internal bleeding, and the fatigue may be a symptom of anemia resulting from the blood loss. This is something that shou... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Black stool: Your stools being in black in color are not caused by your eating oreos. You should see your physician or go to the er to have your stool checked for ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: If you have taken bismuth then a black stool calls for no special attention
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Pepto bismol?: Did you take any pepto bismol. This can turn your stool black for a day or so. As far as the pain it sounds like a gallbladder attack but more info is... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Kim
Plastic Surgery 15 years experience
Any physician : Any physician can scope the area. The black stool is usually caused by old blood.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Take it easy: I trust that you mean stomach ulcer. Even if you do have one, there is effective, painless treatment. See this site for more info. http://www.mayocli... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mansour Alfayez
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Yes: you describing what could be known as melena (digested blood in stool). Given your symptoms of anemia this likelihood is high and you should see your ... Read More

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