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What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

Diet & bacteria: The color and texture of stool is most often affected by diet and the activity of normal bowel bacteria. The only colors that are worrisome are red, black, or white. ...Read more

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Dark Stools (Definition)

Feces that is t black in color (dark) is sometime ...Read more


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Stomach ache since last Saturday and I ate at a Sonic while traveling by car! Could that be cause? Also dark stools now. Used garden mint in 3 moijtos

Stomach ache since last Saturday and I ate at a Sonic while traveling by car! Could that be cause? Also dark stools now. Used garden mint in 3 moijtos

Could be: Causes of stomach pain are plentiful. Infection or food poisoning from a meal 6 days prior to onset would likely be associated with some degree of diarrhea and/or vomitting. Gall stone pain, on the other hand and as an example, could have been exacerbated by greasy meal and then persisted. More information would be needed to help. Dark stools are concerning and should be discussed with physician. ...Read more

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Does a cold cause dark stools?

Does a cold cause dark stools?

Not usually...: Dark stools can be a sign of blood in the stool so it is important for you to have this evaluated by your doctor asap. Blood in the stools can be a sign of a serious condition, like cancer, but there are many benign causes of blood in the stools as well. Do not hesitate; get yourself checked out today! ...Read more

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What causes dark stools--diet?

What causes dark stools--diet?

Dark Stools: The color of the stool has more to do with the bacteria in the colon. Leaking blood in the gastrointestinal system may make the stools very dark and tar like. Using pepto-bismol can also give very dark stools. Sometimes dark stools are normal depending on your diet. ...Read more

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Will eggplant cause dark stools?

Possible: Certainly the color of foods can affect the color of the stool. Be aware though, that dark stools can also be blood, and that would need to be evaluated asap by a dr. If it persists regardless of what you ate, see dr. ...Read more

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Could alcohol and a bunch of junk food (excessive oreos, and other junk food) cause dark stools the next day? Normal consistency, just very dark?

Could alcohol and a bunch of junk food (excessive oreos, and other junk food) cause dark stools the next day? Normal consistency, just very dark?

Yes: You've left me wondering whether the food coloring in oreos can make the stools dark, but a little bleeding into the stomach from alcohol can do this, just as if you had taken bismuth for upset stomach or had popped a few iron pills. If this persists more than a few days, a physician's office visit is in order. ...Read more

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What could cause dark stools for the past week along with excessive gas after bowel movement?

What could cause dark stools for the past week along with excessive gas after bowel movement?

Bleeding: Bleeding in the bowels cause black, tar-like stool. This could be from a stomach ulcer. If it's not black, and just dark brown its likely you are eating something that your body doesn't like! Soy and dairy products can do this to some people. ...Read more

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What to do for a stomach ulcer that is causing dark stools?

What to do for a stomach ulcer that is causing dark stools?

See Dr. Right Away!: Dark stools (melena) is caused by digested blood passing through. Your ulcer could be bleeding (out) which is dangerous. Go see an md! ...Read more

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What causes dark brown stools?

What causes dark brown stools?

Bleeding from PUD: Bleeding froim PUD or any other disease of the upper GI tract above the ligament of traici. ...Read more

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What causes my dark green stools?

What causes my dark green stools?

Diet: You may consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/green-stool/basics/definition/SYM-20050708 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What causes dark, tarry stools?

What causes  dark, tarry stools?

Depends: But most concerning would be a source of bleeding from your upper intestinal tract. Black tarry stools called melena are caused by bleeding from the upper tract that has been exposed to the acid from your stomach. This needs to be evaluated and treated promptly. ...Read more

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What can cause dark stool?

What can cause dark stool?

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

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Would iron cause dark gray stool?

Would iron  cause dark gray stool?

Silver vs. 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

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