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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

If you have taken: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or are on iron pills for anemia, this may be the cause of the black stools. If neither, should discuss with your OB promptly.

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I m a female and I got green and black stool so what's it mean? I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

I m a female and I got green and black stool so what's it mean? I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

Color of stool: The color of your stool is a reflection of your diet. What you eat is digested and the waste products are left over as stool. If you feel something is abnormal then a gastroenterologist can investigate.

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What does it mean if I have black stools?

What does it mean if I have black stools?

Blood or iron: Vitamines containin iron, iron tablets, and pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can all cause black stools. Bleeding in the stomach can also cause black stools.

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Had black stools today should I be worried?

Likely not: Wouldn't worry about one episode, may be dietary related. If however they persist and you have other symptoms (abdominal pain, dizziness) need evaluation to be sure you do not have gastrointestinal bleeding.

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What does it mean if you have black stools?

What does it mean if you have black stools?

Dark-colored stool: 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked.

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I was wondering are occasional black stools bad?

I was wondering are occasional black stools bad?

Depends on your: Diet. If you eat beets or take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or iron supplements occassionally and it is followed by a black stool, probably not but black stool without an obvious cause should not be ignored. It is not normal and may indicate a source of upper GI bleeding. See a GI doctor for a thorough evaluation.

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I have had black stools. What is going on and what does this mean?

Bleeding?: It may represent bleeding somewhere in your GI tract so go see your doctor.

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What to do after seeing black stool?

What to do after seeing black stool?

It could be related: To medication (i.e., pepto bismal). But if it is black, tarry, sticky and foul smelling then it may be due to a GI bleed and needs medical evaluation. Take care.

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I have brown with mostly black stool?

I have brown with mostly black stool?

Problem: Black stools or melena, is always considered blood. It usually comes from the stomach or the beginning parts [higher up in our jargon] of the small intestine. Bleeding from colon usually comes out red. Black or red stools need to be investigated.

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Is black stool in an adult, dangerous?

Sometimes: Black stool could be related to taking medicines like iron or peptobismal. But if stool is black, foul smelling and sticky - that could be a gastrointestinal bleed (melena).

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What should I do if I get black stool?

Black stool: Can be caused by a bleeding source in your stomach. When the acid in stomach mixes with the blood it turns black and presents as black stool or melena. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) has bismuth which also turns the stools black. If not using pepto, you need to see a GI doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Don't wait til it appears as fresh blood in the stool as that indicates more rapid and severe bleeding.

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What doea greasy jet black stool mean?

What doea greasy jet black stool mean?

Dark-colored stool: 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked.

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What could it mean when you have black stool?

What could it mean when you have black stool?

Black stools could: Be related to medicines/ vitamins such as peptobismol or iron. However, black, tarry, malodorous stools are like melena (gi bleeding). This would warrant medical evaluation.

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Dark brown, but not black stool. What could it be?

Dark brown, but not black stool. What could it be?

What you ate?: Color of stools varies widely, and reflects mostly what you've eaten as well as some medications. Generally not a reliable sign of anything, but any color can contain hidden blood, so if you're worried, your physician can do a simple hemoccult for hidden blood in the office.

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Can eating oreo black cause you to have black stool?

If you: Enough of them yes and due mostly to the artificial food coloring and chemicals in packaged cookies. Eat healthier home baked cookies, in general better for you than store bought packaged cookies. Too many preservatives and other things that potentially are causing long term consequences and harm.

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What is the definition or description of: Black stool?

Black stool: Black stool = dark colored fecal matter. May be due to gastrointestinal bleeding or ingestion of certain medications.

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Did black chocolate makes black stool please. Answer me?

Chocolate is not: Known for causing black stool. Notice that you suffer from cramping, abdominal pain ; weakness. If you have black, tarry, malodorous stool it could be due to GI bleeding. Please seek medical care if this is the case. Take care.

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Had a black stool, then a normal one what could this be?

Black stools: Can indicate digested blood, but the presence of the normal stool afterward makes that less likely. It could also just have been something you ate. If you start seeing repeated black stools, see your doctor. Hope this helps!

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


Dr. Irina Medwin
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Black Tar Colored Stools (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding is red in color). ...Read more