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Dark black vomit ... what should I do?

Dark black vomit ... what should I do?

Seek care ASAP: Unless you have eaten a dark food like chocolate that would explain the color you need to seek care ASAP.Dark black or coffee ground like vomit is possibly blood. You could have a bleeding ulcer, or leaking blood vessel. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more


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What does it mean if my vomit is dark brown color?

What does it mean if my vomit is dark brown color?

Blood: I am concerned that you are bleeding into your stomach -- anything from too much pepperoni pizza to a life-threatening stomach ulcer. A physician's office visit is in order if this persists for more than a few days. ...Read more

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What doesit mean if you vomit a dark green colour?

What doesit mean if you vomit a dark green colour?

Dark green vomitis: If you haven' t eaten green vegetables you may be vomiting bile. See your doctor asap to make sure you dont have an obstruction of your bile duct. ...Read more

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Vomited this morning and it consisted of brown flakes and some dark brown and black blobs. I didnt vomit to much.

Vomited this morning and it consisted of brown flakes and some dark brown and black blobs. I didnt vomit to much.

Somewhat concerning: What's concerning is the dark brown and more so black. If you ate something that may look like that, then it's less concerning - though not too many people eat things that are black!. The reason for the concern is that blood can oxidize in the intestinal tract and appear black and vomiting blood is always something for concerned. I would encourage you to review this with your doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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Gtubetoddler. vomits often. Not sick-Lots of fancy tests but No cause has been found.Vomit is normally his white formula. Tonight it's dark green?

Gtubetoddler. vomits often. Not sick-Lots of fancy tests but No cause has been found.Vomit is normally his white formula. Tonight it's dark green?

G-tube vomiting: No positive PH probe overnight in the hospital for reflux esophagitis? That is surprising. Bilious vomitus is bright yellow green. That happens after usually after multiple times of vomiting in a row. Coffee grounds-looking vomitus can be from bleeding from the upper GI tract. Please let us know which fancy tests have been done. Do you keep your toddler upright for 1/2-1 hour after feeds? ...Read more

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Going through chemo. Vomit is dark green?

Non speciific: Usually means you haven't eaten anything or very little and you are seeing bile. Somtimes taking an acid reducer like pepsid or similar drugs can cut down on this in addition to the drugs your doctor gives you for nausea an vomiting. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my bf throws up a dark green almost black color vomit?

What does it mean when my bf throws up a dark green almost black color vomit?

Bile: Bilious vomitus is that color. If he has frequent episodes of vomiting, inflammation of the stomach lining(gastritis), gall bladder problems, hepatitis, intestinal adhesions, peptic ulcer, hiatal hernia are possibilities and he should be examined by a physician. Have him abstain from alcohol,caffeine,greasy and very spicy foods,nicotine in the meantime ...Read more

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What's it mean to vomit dark red mucusy stuff after a coughing fit?

What's it mean to vomit dark red mucusy stuff after a coughing fit?

Get help now: Pain/bleeding/swelling are all signs that you need immediate attention. Call physician now or go to er. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up early this morning vomiting a dark brown mucus. what could this be?

My daughter woke up early this  morning vomiting a dark brown mucus.  what could this be?

Vomiting: if she is vomiting mucous, it may maybe mixed with some old blood. If she has no fever and breathing well, try to use humidifier and drinking enough fluids. ...Read more

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I forced myself to throw up and my vomit was a dark brown color and there wasn't a lot. Is that normal?

I forced myself to throw up and my vomit was a dark brown color and there wasn't a lot. Is that normal?

Vomiting: Forced vomiting is never a good idea. Are you sure it wasn't blood altered by the stomach acid. ...Read more

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Vomiting dark brown. I dcsid consume alcohol all last night until early morning today. Should I be worried?

Vomiting dark brown. I dcsid consume alcohol all last night until early morning today. Should I be worried?

Yes: Bleeding in the esophagus or stomach can occur from ruptured blood vessels or injury to the mucosal lining from excessive alcohol use, particularly in those people with liver disease. You should see your doctor or go to the nearest ER as soon as possible for evaluation and any necessary treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I vomit light orange stuff and darkish green stuff and dark red stuff and it doesn't look like food ?

Vomiting: Do you have that all the time and for how long? U need to see ur doc asap if you have red vomitus and u HAV enot eaten any red foods or had any red drinks. Green, yellow may be form bilious vomiting which again needs ot be checked out by ur doc. Dont wait. ...Read more

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I haven't eaten in a couple days and when i got sick my vomit was yellow and dark green. What could this be?

Bile: Since there is no 'food' in your stomach, you are throwing up the 'digestive juices' that your body is still producing. More importantly, if you are not eating and still throwing up, you could have a serious problem....Call your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What does blood in vomit look like? Is it dark brown or more red?

What does blood in vomit look like? Is it dark brown or more red?

Important question.: If you vomit blood, it can actually look just like coffee grounds. Of course, it can look like bright red blood - particularly if bleeding is heavy or rapid. Blood that works its way through the whole GI tract can look like tar: shiny black tar. Having said all this, it is important to be evaluated by a doctor if you are having these symptoms. Seek urgent help if you feel you are in danger. ...Read more

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Feeling really cold, serve back pains, stool is dark green and feel like vomiting. What could that be?

Feeling really cold, serve back pains, stool is dark green and feel like vomiting. What could that be?

Gastroenteritis: You might have a case of stomach flu which can cause chills, nausea, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. Usually it subsides in several days. If the stool is loose and continues, you should see your doctor for stool cultures. Food poisoning usually causes vomiting within 6-8 hours of eating contaminated food. Flu-like symptoms can often cause back pains as well. Recommend bland diet until better. ...Read more

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My wife woke up from a chokingfeeling & threw up twice. Few dark blobs were floating in her vomit which is mostly water& her last night Doritos snack.

My wife woke up from a chokingfeeling & threw up twice. Few dark blobs were floating in her vomit which is mostly water& her last night Doritos snack.

Indigestion: She probably had some delayed gastric emptying after going to bed with somewhat greasy food in her stomach. If this is so, the nausea and vomiting should subside. Absence of abdominal pain is reassuring, but consult her physician if symptoms persist or worsen. Flat room temperature ginger ale and some saltine crackers or broth should be tolerated once vomiting has subsided. ...Read more

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Been puking all day, couldn't stomach anything after a while I notice my vomit was a dark greenish color..Should I be concerned ?

Been puking all day, couldn't stomach anything after a while I notice my vomit was a dark greenish color..Should I be concerned ?

If persist, see MD: green/yellow color likely bile can see w recurrent vomit; not concern if nausea/vomit resolve in 2-3 days,but seek urgent MD attention if with "red flags" e.g. blood, abdominal pain, inability to keep hydrated, headache, hi temp. Happy to consult but check for pregnancy if applicable. Would need more info re medications/ medical conditions/past history. ...Read more

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Vomitting so much it has now been 5 hrs and its hurts so bad to throw up that it is now dark brown/black liquid and everytime i sit up i vomit!

Vomitting so much it has now been 5 hrs and its hurts so bad to throw up that it is now dark brown/black liquid and everytime i sit up i vomit!

Get to the ER: Even if it isn't something serious , you need to get something to stop the vomiting. At this point, only an er can offer that. They also need to assess the dark brown/ black liquid. That is likely to be old blood. ...Read more

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Sudden coughing fit which caused vomiting of a lot of dark & red blood & foamy substance. Primary care or ER?

Sudden coughing fit which caused vomiting of a lot of dark & red blood & foamy substance. Primary care or ER?

ER: Vomiting blood is almost always reason to head to the ER for evaluation. Blood in the stomach can be from a bleeding ulcer, swallowed blood from a posterior nosebleed, or other serious problems. The ER can also make sure your blood pressure and red blood cell counts are ok and give IV fluids or blood transfusions if you need it. ...Read more