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What should i do if my stool is black

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
? bleeding: Hello. If the stool is black, tarry (sticky) and has a bad odor - then gastrointestinal bleeding could be a cause. Your doctor can easily check for bl... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Although either of : These can be related to medication or foods which have been ingested, green stool is usually associated with rapid transit time through the GI tract. ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
How do you FEEL?: Iron or bismuth medicines will do this. It can also be a bleeding stomach ulcer or other illness. If you feel sick, get seen now. If you feel well, me... Read More
Dr. Stanley Katz
Dermatology 47 years experience
All depends: sometimes jet black stools can signify some GI bleeding, but may also be related to particular foods you ingest i.e. bluberries
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Could be: Black stools can reflect intestinal bleed. Medications and the mental stress of surgery could induce a peptic ulcer. Get a stool test from pharmacy ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Black stool usually: Means melena, which means bleeding from upper GI tract. I suppose black food can make your stools black if you eat enough of it, but don't take that ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: Black stools can be the result of GI bleeding. This issue needs to be evaluated asap. See your doctor. If you do not have one, go to the er.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Black stools: Although this may be the result of something you have eaten it also suggests the probability that you are bleeding somewhere in your GI tract. Please ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Normal: Black stools caused by black foods- cherries,iron supplement. Black stools with abdominal pain,vomiting & diarhoea indicate bleeding from upper ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Black tarry stool: … Is a sign of internal bleeding and should be taken seriously. If this is occurring, I would go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Garrett Garner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Blood in stool: I would have your stool checked for blood. That could be melena which means you have blood in your stool. Go see your pcp for an eval.

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