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Could it be something bad if I have black stools?

Could it be something bad if I have black stools?

Possibly: Black stools can indicate bleeding from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It may represent blood that has been digested, turning the stool into a characteristic black, tarry stool. This may be from a stomach or duodenal ulcer. Medications can also turn the stool black, such as iron supplements and pepto-bismol. Should see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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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


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Might eating oreos cause you to have black stools?

Might eating oreos cause you to have black stools?

No: If you have black, tarry malodorous stool please seek prompt medical attention for possible GI bleeding. ...Read more

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I have had black stools for the passed 8 weeks, what could be wrong?

I have had black stools for the passed 8 weeks, what could be wrong?

Possible melena: It could be a reaction to medication. However, if it is black, sticky and foul smelling it could be due to gastrointestinal bleeding. That requires prompt medical eval. ...Read more

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What causes black stool?

What causes black stool?

Sometimes it is: caused by things like iron supplementation or Peptobismal. If there is black, tarry malodorous stool it could be GI bleeding and should prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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What if I have black stool?

What if I have black stool?

Simple to serious: Quality of the your stool and your diet is important. If your stool is firm and formed it is possible that this may be related to iron which could be in spinach or supplements. Also pepto-bismol or beets may do this. If your stool is soft and "tarry" this more likely would be blood. Also blood makes stools more frequent. Stools need to be checked for blood by your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is occassional black stool common?

Is occassional black stool common?

Black=blood.: While very few dietary ingredients and supplements can cause black stool, the finding of black stool should not be considered common, and could suggest bleeding from an upper gastrointestinal source. If it's common, then it should be investigated. Could be gastritis or an ulcer, for example. ...Read more

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Black stool should I be concerned?

Black stool should I be concerned?

Possibly: If it is black, tarry and malodorous that could be a sign of melena (gi bleeding). If that is the case, please seek prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have black stool for two days now?

I have black stool for two days now?

Bleeding: Mobic (meloxicam) can cause stomach ulcers. Black stools means you have been bleeding from your stomach most likely. Urge you to follow up as soon as possible with a physician. ...Read more

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Can iron in women cause black stools?

Can iron in women cause black stools?

Melena ?: 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 (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...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


Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more