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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
9 years experience Pediatrics
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 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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
24 years experience Internal Medicine
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
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
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
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: If you have taken bismuth then a black stool calls for no special attention
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Kim
14 years experience Plastic Surgery
Any physician : Any physician can scope the area. The black stool is usually caused by old blood.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mansour Alfayez
12 years experience Internal Medicine
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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