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My poop smells like tar?

My poop smells like tar?

Tar odor: The odor is nonspecific, but if the feces looks like tar, one would be concerned about occult bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, use of peptobismol, or taking iron supplements. A simple rectal examination with inspection of a small stool specimen and a simple test of the specimen in the office would shed light on your concern and rule out blood in the stool. ...Read more

Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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Black tar stool from just some wine?

Black tar stool from just some wine?

If you have: Black, tarry, foul smelling stool it may actually be from gastrointestinal bleeding. Please see your physician. ...Read more

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I puked poop...? Like it tasted disgusting, and looking like diarrhea, with mostly small clumps. It smelled like poop too!

I puked poop...? Like it tasted disgusting, and looking like diarrhea, with mostly small clumps. It smelled like poop too!

You need evaluation.: Feculent vomiting can be a sign of something serious in your abdomen, depending on your age and medical history. The most common cause is a bowel obstruction or bowel paralysis, which causes bowel contents to back up. Less common cause is a bowel fistula. Either way, you need to see a doctor to discover the reason and prevent a serious complication. ...Read more

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Does red wines cause black tar stool?

Does red wines cause black tar stool?

See below: Red wine in itself will not cause a black tarry stool.But alcohol can cause GI bleeding which will give black tarry stools. If you have black tarry stools get medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Are black stools really black color? Like does the color look like the color of a black crayon?

Are black stools really black color? Like does the color look like the color of a black crayon?

Indication of blood: Black tarry stools are due to bleeding in the intestine. If you have black stools, see your doctor and not be concerned if it is really black. ...Read more

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Do lice look like black pepper?

Do lice look like black pepper?

No: If you ever see them they are pale brown bugs. Any black pepper looking stuff on the scalp is likely hair broken at the root. ...Read more

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Black phlem, black saliva, black tongue, why?

Black phlem, black saliva, black tongue, why?

See doctor / dentist: This is too little information for an answer to your question to be given. But it is enough information that you should visit your doctor or dentist and be checked out. Black is often a sign of bleeding, but can also be a sign of some types of infection. Neither is good. Go see a doctor! ...Read more

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Hard, black, seed-like specks in stool?

Stool change: Go to your doctor to have the stool analyzed for ova and parasites, occult blood, and culture and sensitivity. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant? My stool is black and looks almost like solid tar.

Could I be pregnant? My stool is black and looks almost like solid tar.

Black stool: is not a pregnancy indicator. If black, tarry and malodorous - it could be related to GI bleeding. If that is the case - it should be medically evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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My nose is very itchy, & I've been noticing thick stringy worm like snot. Also, a lot of black specs, black stringy things too. Worms? Lice? :-

My nose is very itchy,  & I've been noticing thick stringy worm like snot. Also, a lot of black specs, black stringy things too. 
Worms? Lice? :-

Nose problems: It could be many things... Old blood from a sinus infection, funguses, infections, etc. See an ENT specialist for answers. ...Read more

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Dark mildew smelling stool that floats?

Dark mildew smelling stool that floats?

Fatty malabsorbtion: If this is a chronic occurrence I would definitely seek medical evaluation to rule out a malabsorbtion syndrome that is interfering with your ability to digest fat. Floating malodorous stools are a sign an inability of the intestine to digest fat. ...Read more

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What does a dark, tarry and pasty stool look like?

What does a dark, tarry and pasty stool look like?

Just as U described: 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

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Black stool, is it really black or just dark?

Black stool, is it really black or just dark?

Melena = black: When concerned about melena from GI blood loss, the stool is tarry black. If concerned ask your doctor to check your stool for blood. ...Read more

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Tiny black string/small worm like shape pieces in stool not stringy. some white pieces too.is it Blood in stool, parasitic infection,something I ate?

Tiny black string/small worm like shape pieces in stool not stringy. some white pieces too.is it Blood in stool, parasitic infection,something I ate?

All of the options: ...you mentioned are of course possible. Without more information, we can't tell from here. Simple stool analysis by your doctor should address your concern & facilitiate appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have dark brown/charcoal grey (not black or tarry) stools?

Is it normal to have dark brown/charcoal grey (not black or tarry) stools?

No worries...: Dark brown or charcoal grey stools are of no clinical significance. Tarry black stools might indicate GI bleeding. Taking a iron supplement might turn your stool dark grey or black. ...Read more

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Stool looks like used coffie grounds also frequent bowl movments and gas pains.

Stool looks like used coffie grounds also frequent bowl movments and gas pains.

Coffee Grounds?: If your stools look like used coffee grounds, that sounds worrisome for bleeding. How long have you had this? You should be seen by a doctor, and my need some labs and definitely an exam. ...Read more

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