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Causes Dark Green Feces
Stool color: Decomposed bile, which is originally green, gives stool its yellow color. Having said that, green stool may mean that bile has rushed through the intestines without being acted on by bacteria like during diarrhea. Another cause of green color is unabsorbed iron in the diet. ...Read more
Dark 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. ...Read more
Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. If worried about something else schedule a visit. ...Read more
Normal.: If there are no other symptoms, any shade of green, yellow or brown is normal for a baby's stool. ...Read more
Probably not: If you feel ok and don't have diarrhea, it's probably just something you ate. ...Read more
I have had dark green stool on and off for 2 weeks and have not eaten anything that I believe would cause this?
Probably not: Most diarrheal illnesses related to contaminated food are short lived and happen soon after eating the food. However, sometimes diarrhea from contaminated food or water can last longer. If it persists beyond 3 weeks you should see your doctor. Make sure you are staying hydrated. ...Read more
Have had "really" dark green stools 4 2 days. Been fighting a bad cold 4 2 wks, but also diagnosed w/gastritis yrs ago. Stool color cause 4 concern? : (
Newborn exclusively breastfed - 2 months - dark Green stool for 2 weeks- is it a cause of concern?
Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green ; slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more
Yesterday I had soft, VERY green stool. Today, I had a very hard, very dark green, almost black stool. Is this cause for concern?
You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
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Daughter had dark almost slightly dark green tinged stool after eating a lot of chocolate and candy from Easter could that still be te cause?
Food Coloring: Most likely it is from a food coloring that was in the candy. I would advise against candy binging. .. but there shouldn't be any serious problems with this. If not better in a week I would consider having it evaluated. ...Read more
Mix of dark and light green stool especially after eating certain fruits i.e. grapes n dull stomach ache for two months. Possible causes?
Changed stool color: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if greenish color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
Why green stool?: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection/exposures, inflammation, other factors. Easy to run a few tests here--call your doc. ...Read more
C a lower GI special: Sounds kike u have an infection. Need 2 b cn 4 stool cultures & treatment. ...Read more
Embarrassing, but what could cause blue green feces? I do not feel sick at all. Could a sudden intake of more iron and zinc cause this?
Blue/green stool: Blue food coloring is a popular food additive, and when ingested in large quantities can make stools appear blue. Blue is not a pigment typically produced by the human GI tract. Blue is however the color of ingestable "indicator" dyes & that a hemoccult card will turn if blood is detected in stool (or it taking a lot of iron, as in your case)--is this to what you are referring? ...Read more
I have dark green feces (chunks of red and poss. Specks of blood), trouble excreting soft stool, painless swollen area near anus, and cramps. Answers?
Swollen anus w/cramp:
May be proctitis: inflammation of the lower rectal area due to inflammatory bowel disease, gluten sensitivity, sexually transmitted diseases, trauma. Keep stool soft w/drinking fluids 2.5-3.5 liters /day water /gatorade/ juices (not pure water, f/u w doc /urgent care
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/proctitis/basics/definition/con-20027855 ...Read more
Dietary sources: Often time dark green stools are the result of diet. foods that have blue in them such as blueberries or other blue food coloring can cause dark green stools. If this persists after eliminating this from your diet then you may want to consider seeing a medical professional ...Read more
Diet, blood: Stool will vary from light to dark depending upon the diet. Diets rich is red meat for instance will darken the stool color. If there is GI bleeding then the stool may become black. This requires evaluation by your gastoenterlogist as the source of the bleeding must be discovered and corrected. ...Read more
Black stool: If the stool is solid black or maroon, especially if it is very foul smelling, it may represent what is called melena, which is usually a sign of bleeding from the digestive tract. The bleeding is often active and this is a medical emergency. If you experience this, you should go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck. ...Read more
Not usually.: Dark stool is not a frequent side effect of echinacea ingestion. If your stool ever becomes very dark and foul-smelling, you should consider the possibility of internal bleeding and see your physician, however. ...Read more
Green is ok: Typically lots of green leafy vegetables, and green colored drinks can make your stool more green, as well as iron supplements if she takes them. Sometimes if stool is loose it doesn't have time to get digested with the bilirubin it needs and can appear more green. Unless she is feeling poorly I wouldn't worry. Check her diet as above ...Read more
Be sure not blood:
Test to be sure its not blood. Many dietary items (skins of fruit or vegetables for example) can appear as dark blobs in otherwise formed stool. Medications containing bismuth can form lumps as well. If it continues, consult your PCP or a GI specialist. ...Read more