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Black In Stool
Black, tarry, foul: Smelling stools can be due to GI bleeding. If this description fits see a doctor. ...Read more
I have had black looking stool about 5times (not in a row) and also I am always constipated. Do this sound serious and is this why im always nauseated?
You r taking iron: Pills and its not uncommon to have dark colored stools. Iron can also make you constipated. You need to add fiber supp such as metamucil (2 tblespoons) to your daily diet and drink a lot of fluids (6-8 glasses) spec in this warm weather. Nausea is very non specific and could be secondary to a lot of things. Follow up with your fam doc to check lab work and further testing. You may need a GI workup. ...Read more
Melenic specks?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Persistent melena esp. With dyspeptic symptoms however warrants md visit. ...Read more
depends: If you have not taken pepto-bismol or other bismuth containing products, you need to see a GI doctor sooner rather than later. This could be due to a serious life threatening condition in your stomach. Don't delay. ...Read more
Not normal: Black stools are not normal. While rarely a dietary cause may be found, most often black stools signify blood in the stools, blood that is coming from a little bit higher up in the GI tract. I would see your doctor soon to first check out if it is blood, and if so, find out why the child has this. ...Read more