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Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?

Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?

Ferrex: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-17009/ferrex-150-oral/details#side-effects Iron pills do cause stool to turn black and may have black flecks. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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Black stool this morning. Was NOT tarry, didnt disperse in the water. I poop an hour later, it was dark brown, not black. Had pepto on wed. & thurs.

Black stool this morning. Was NOT tarry, didnt disperse in the water. I poop an hour later,  it was dark brown, not black. Had pepto on wed. & thurs.

Likely Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate): Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause a change in the color of stool and turn it black. As long as you are not otherwise noticing any significant associated symptoms like abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, this is not a worrisome concern. ...Read more

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I was exposed to very toxic, deadly black mold?

I was exposed to very toxic, deadly black mold?

Black mold: Depending on how much you inhaled it and if you have any lung diseases and or if you have any conditions that affect your immune system, it might cause lung related problems. However if you are healthy, you don't have any symptoms now, you would probably be fine. See a doctor and discuss about it if it still bothers you. ...Read more

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Dis morn,noticed had black stools. Da blackness looked like tar not coffee grinds. Da black was not in all my stool only parts.Should I be concerned?

Dis morn,noticed had black stools. Da blackness looked like tar not coffee grinds. Da black was not in all my stool only parts.Should I be concerned?

Yes: Dark-tarry stools can be a sign of bleeding in your GI tract. You are having pain/symptoms after having your gallbladder removed is concerning. Minerals, foods(blueberries,black licorice), medications, iron supplements, and Pepto-Bismo can cause dark stools also. I strongly recommend calling your surgeon and/or primary care doctor for an immediate evaluation or going to your local emergency room ...Read more

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14 year old girl had gastroenteritis for 8 days now. Black spots in her Stool. She ate dragonfruit yesterday. What is the cause of black spots?

14 year old girl had gastroenteritis for 8 days now. Black spots in her Stool. She ate dragonfruit yesterday. What is the cause of black spots?

Gastroenteritis: Dragon fruit, as you know, has small black seeds in it -- I wonder what are the 'size' of these black spots in her stool? Black stool can mean blood (when it's black like asphalt), and sometimes a medication (iron or peptobismol) can lead to dark color. 8 days seems like a long time to have gastroenteritis - I would suggest seeing a doctor to get the proper diagnosis and create the best treatment. ...Read more

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My stools are black hart bern all week

My stools are black hart bern all week

Although : Although things like iron and pepto bismal can cause black stools, your situation sounds more serious than that. Black, tarry, sticky, foul smelling bowel movements are usually due to gastrointestinal bleeding. Between your loose stools, heart burn and crampy pain, it sounds like you might be bleeding internally. Please get this evaluated forth with. ...Read more

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My period color has changed from bright red to dark brown almost black. Should I be concerned?

My period  color has changed from bright red to dark brown almost black. Should I be concerned?

It depends: It is usually related when taking birth control pills, depo shots or any other hormone method of contraception. But it could also be pregnancy or other irregularities in menstrual periods, like hormonal changes related with stress, thyroid problems. If this is been going on for a while you should see your primary care physician to guide you better. ...Read more

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Self diagnosed pin worms (haven't seen any) due to itchy anus took my second dose (14 days apart) last week itching remains? Small brown specks dirt?

Self diagnosed pin worms (haven't seen any) due to itchy anus took my second dose (14 days apart) last week itching remains? Small brown specks dirt?

No Diagnosis: You are taking medication you do not name for a problem that has not been properly diagnosed? It is time to put the medication away and go get a real examination and testing and the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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4+ days,Hard 2 (& un)control diarrhea-looks like drk coffee grnds in red H2O(w/mucusy dischrg).Started antibiot 1day b4,have 5+ 2go!Tuff it out?Ideas?

4+ days,Hard 2 (& un)control diarrhea-looks like drk coffee grnds in red H2O(w/mucusy dischrg).Started antibiot 1day b4,have 5+ 2go!Tuff it out?Ideas?

Diarrhea: What you describe would be consistent with an infectious diarrhea. This would be diagnosed in more detail by culturing the stool to determine the specific bacteria or other agent causing this. So it could be that the antibiotic you are on is incorrect. It could also be the antibiotic is making it worse--some infections are not treated with antibiotics. Please ask whoever prescribed the antibiotic. ...Read more

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I observe some small black things like black seeds in my stool today and my stool was light yellow with full of black seeds it was my first time?

I observe some small black things like black seeds in my stool today and my stool was light yellow with full of black seeds it was my first time?

Stool color: is highly variable and often depends on diet. Tiny black flecks in a yellow stool perhaps indicates that you may have eaten something spiced with turmeric or curry. The tiny seeds may be undigested nigella seeds or black sesame seeds. No cause for alarm. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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7wk5d bleeding brown since I found out had internal yesterday heart beating today more brown with speckles of black what's happening?

7wk5d bleeding brown since I found out had internal yesterday heart beating today more brown with speckles of black what's happening?

Heart Beating AND ??: 7 wk 5 d bleeding brown, you mean period? AND heart beating brown with speckles of black, I am very confused, I do not understand your question. Please rephrase it, ask a friend to help in typing it Sorry ...Read more

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Last period sep12012 having brown almost black discharge since friday just wiped dark dark almost black with a lil red color ?

Last period sep12012 having brown almost black discharge since friday just wiped dark dark almost black with a lil red color ?

Early period: The color of the blood in your menstrual cycle is not useful or relevant. It reflects how long the blood has been sitting inside your uterus or at the back of your vagina. Red is new. Brown or black blood is older and the blood products have started to break down. Menstrual blood color is not something you need to pay attention to. If you are unsure if you are pregnant then check a test today. ...Read more

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Scratched by cat, bartonella? Have Lyme already. Cat punctured leg, dark red circle around puncture. Showed up two days later.

Scratched by cat, bartonella? Have Lyme already. Cat punctured leg, dark red circle around puncture. Showed up two days later.

Perhaps: Bartonella also travels with Borrelia. Systemic Formulas' VRM series will treat Bartonella. Why haven't you treated for the Lyme? 4 components, Borrelia, accompanying parasites, coinfections and biotoxins. Get treated. ...Read more

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What were the causes of the black plague?

What were the causes of the black plague?

The same as now: Septicemic illness due to Yersinia pestis, the plague bacillus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the black plague nowadays?

What are the symptoms of the black plague nowadays?

Same as now: Most cases of plague are bubonic (swollen lymph glands). Some are associated with blood stream spread with blood vessel damage. (black plague) and some spread to the lungs which can facilitate person to person spread. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?

Black Plague: Plague has been recorded since 541 AD when there was no understanding about bacterial infections and how to prevent them. The major sanitation I am aware of was when bodies were removed and buried in the ground. ...Read more

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How are buboes treated in the black plague?

Plague: Bubonic Plaque is treated with isolation in hospital & antibiotics (ie, Gentamycin, Streptomycin, tetracyclines or Chloramphenicol). ...Read more

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Why did the black plague only affect Europe?

Not true: There are accounts of plaque in various parts of the world in ancient times. It seems like Europe was affected so strongly because we are Western and so are they. Plague is principally a function of cities and human close proximity along with poor hygiene which describes Europe at the time of the plague. It may have been as bad elsewhere but not written about so profusely. ...Read more

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

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What is done to prevent the spread of black plague?

Good sanitation: In general, plague is prevented by eliminating rodents and fleas, especially in the areas where plague is known to be endemic (like the western United States). Antibiotic prophylaxis (prevention) can be considered for people who are exposed to potentially-infected rodents or fleas. ...Read more

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How can you prevent the spread of the black death or plague the next time it hits?

Unlikely: There's won't be another plague epidemic unless there's a bioterrorist attack. The big difference between the modern era and the middle ages is that we now have antibiotics that treat yersinia pestis, the cause of plague. ...Read more

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How are black plague, black death, and bubonic plague different?

Same disease: This is the epidemic form of infection by f pestis. It was called "black" because at the end the disseminated intravascular coagulation caused gangrene of the extremities, and "bubonic" because the infected lymph nodes would swell greatly. ...Read more

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Was the black plague the same as the bubonic plague or were they different virus?

Same bacteria: The black plague i(or the black death) s thought to have been due to infection with the bacteria yersinia pestis. It causes 3 different infections, all of which were probably involved in what was known as the black plague. Bubonic plague is one of these 3, the others are pneumonic plague and septicemic plague. Nice article on it here: http://bit.Ly/1d9di1d. ...Read more

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How is plague treated?

How is plague treated?

Antibiotics,hospital: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycline, tetracyline, Septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprofloxacin, or chloramphenicol. With treatment, the death rate drops from about 50% to about 15% (the majority of the cases are bubonic plague). Pneumonic plague is fatal if treatment is not started in 24 hours. ...Read more

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How do people get plague?

Bites or sick people: The plague is usually bubonic (one catches it from being bit by infected fleas or rodents, and the bacteria infects one's lymph nodes) or pneumonic (one catches it by breathing infected moisture droplets exhaled, sneezed, or coughed out by an infected person or animal, and the bacteria infects one's lungs). Without treatment, pneumonic plague is fatal. ...Read more

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How is plague transmitted?

How is plague transmitted?

Flea bites: In areas of poor hygiene/sanitation; where rats congregate, as it is the flea from the rat that transmits the yersinia pestis to humans. Low income areas; those damaged by natural or man-made disasters. ...Read more

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Can I still catch the plague?

Yes; unlikely in US: In the U.S., there are about 10-15 cases of plague reported each year. The cases are usually from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. Throughout the world, there are 1000-3000 cases of plague reported each year, mainly from Africa, southern Asia, and South America (plus there are an unknown number of unreported cases). ...Read more

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What are the tests for plague?

What are the tests for plague?

Plague: The bacteria is easily cultured but in plague endemic areas bubonic disease with its extremely painful bubo (lymph node) is classic. ...Read more