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my stool is black and hard

A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No, but keep track: One episode of hard stool is not to be concerned about. However, you need to keep track to make sure there is no bleeding. You may wish to take a fibe ... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No other disease?: Each child with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. A pediatrician's evaluation is needed. We do not want a child to g ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase y ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
You are fine: This is the blueberries. Do not worry!
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A male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Black : Black stool and black 'chips' in your stool could definitely be a sign of blood. Blood in the stool is typically manifested by tarry, black stool or c ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jose Nieto
24 years experience Gastroenterology
Ulcer: You may have an ulcer or esophagitis causing the symptoms you describe. I would see a GI specialist asap as you can be internally bleeding and be at ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Berryman
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infant ?'s: "Black stools" can be secondary to intestinal bleeding, so your son should be checked by a pediatrician for testing and medication to assist with bowe ... Read More
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A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a doctor: Black stools suggest bleeding in the intestinal tract, and difficulty swallowing may point to a lesion in the esophagus. Please see a doctor right awa ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Could be serious!: Black stools can be from several things. The most worrisome would be from blood in the stool, which can be from stomach irritation (gastritis/ulcer) o ... Read More
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