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Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?
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
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
Period started yesterday as expected. Blood is coming out jelly like and brown. It's a medium normal flow but completely brown almost black w/ clots?
OK: This only suggests that the blood was in the vagina for sometime before being extruded out, the acidic pH in the vagina alters the color of the blood. ...Read more
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
Tiny black spot (mole?) on stomach that's been there a year w/ no change. Saw Ad on melanoma and was worried bc it is black and other moles are brown.
I ate some black raspberry cobbler and today my stool was regular consistency but half was brown, other half dark blue, is this normal?
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
15+ year old splinter now starting to scab over white. Been happening for 2 years. Has 2 black dots on scab. Is this normal?
Splinter 15 years: No not normal show to your Dr. Need to get it out I would think. ...Read more
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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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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
36weeks pregnant, occasionally havin black poop stain in my undies.Is this fecal incontenence?I have gerd&taking iron supp 2xa day.Having black stool?
I am 24w6dpregnant. Yesterday I found a raspberry sized black blood clot and continued brownish black discharge. Help?
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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?
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
7wk5d bleeding brown since I found out had internal yesterday heart beating today more brown with speckles of black what's happening?
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
Scratched by cat, bartonella? Have Lyme already. Cat punctured leg, dark red circle around puncture. Showed up two days later.
In the Middle Ages: Epidemics crossed europe and asia.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer