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Can beets make your stool black? My stool is hard and black

Can beets make your stool black? My stool is hard and black

Eating Beets can: Cause red stools sometimes. Eating blue berries, black licorice, iron pills or medications containing bismuth can cause black stools. Black stools associated with GI bleeds are usually malodorous and tarry. A doctor can easily check stool for blood. ...Read more

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I have just passed a very hard and painful black stool. Should i go to the ER and get checked? For a while I have been having hard stool and recently it had black 'chips' in them and a couple days ago it became more frequent and harder. Now it is painful

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 coffee grounds (or frank red blood). It is crucial that you seek medical attention to assess if you are bleeding internally. If you are feeling painful abdomen, firm abdomen, and/or light headedness, go to the emergency room. It is appropriate to bring a sample of your feces with you to the doctor, as long as it is in a sealed/clean container. This way, you can have your stool assessed for blood. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How can I manage really hard stool?

How can I manage really hard stool?

Stool softener: Glycerine suppositories but even more important is to prevent hard stool from developing in the first place. You need to drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid every day. ...Read more

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What home remedies are there for hard stool?

What home remedies are there for hard stool?

Senna: Senna, found in prunes, is an excellent home remedy for hard stool. Mineral oil, increase fluid and fiber intake are also helpful natural remedies. ...Read more

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What should I do if I can't pass a hard stool?

What should I do if I can't pass a hard stool?

Try: Glycerine suppository and after insertion ly on your left side for 20 -30 minutes before trying to have a bm. You can repeat the suppository in 3-4 hours if no result from the first. Sometimes a mineral oil enema can also help, but if unsuccessful with the above consider a trip to your doctor or the er. ...Read more

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I have a hard stool. It won't come out. Any help please.

I have a hard stool. It won't come out.  Any help please.

Use a : Glycerine suppository or a fleet mineral oil enema. May require repeat dosing if no results in 6 hours. Once cleared you need to find out why you are getting impactions of stool and be evaluated.Not normal. ...Read more

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Hard stool and haven't gone for two days. What can this be?

Hard stool and haven't gone for two days. What can this be?

Constipation: These symptoms sound like simple constipation. This can be related to diet, too little water intake, too little exercise or perhaps medications or irritable bowel syndrome. You should get plenty of fiber in your diet, plenty of water, exercise and take a stool softener. If your symptoms do not improve you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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