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Do bleeding gums and black stools have anything in common?

Do bleeding gums and black stools have anything in common?

Agree w Dr Hemming: Both can be related to bleeding problems. Recommend medical assessment. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Help please! Could black stools mean anything another then intestinal bleeding?

Help please! Could black stools mean anything another then intestinal bleeding?

depends: If you have not taken pepto-bismol or other bismuth containing products, you need to see a GI doctor sooner rather than later. This could be due to a serious life threatening condition in your stomach. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Are bleeding gums a common sign of hiv?

Are bleeding gums a common sign of hiv?

NO: Hiv causes immune deficiency and actually since the body lacking the immune cells, the host reaction is less. There will be bleeding gum with minimal inflammation but severe bone loss. Thus the destruction comes with less signs and symptom. Linear erythema, a red line along the gingival crest, occurs with less plaque and calculus deposition. Consult with your dentist. ...Read more

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Please name sme comon drugs to cure hemorrhoids. I think bleeding occurs near anal opening. There is partial black stool. Black color only at stool tip.

Please name sme comon drugs to cure hemorrhoids. I think bleeding occurs near anal opening. There is partial black stool. Black color only at stool tip.

See below: Black stool needs to be checked by doc to r/o upper GI bleeding (esophagus, stomach, small intestine) & check for tear in anus as well as hemorrhoids. Otc preps abound: preparation h (plain or w/ hydrocortisone), witch hazel wipes. Prevent hard stools/straining by using stool softener &/or increasing dietary fiber & fluid intake. ...Read more

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My mother in law has pain in her lower back and left side and has black stool and not sure where the bleeding is coming from?

My mother in law has pain in her lower back and left side and has black stool and not sure where the bleeding is coming from?

Colonoscopy: It is imperative that your mother-in-law see a GI physician for a colonoscopy. it is not feasible to divine the source of bleeding from the information you provided. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry

How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry

Black stool causes: It is likely that your black stools are from Iron supplement because you had Normal brown stools before iron pills were started.

Upper GI bleeding can have dark blood in stools.

If you have history of Ulcer, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, please see Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis and Treatment. Discuss need for iron supplement. ...Read more

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What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? Red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? Red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

Both: Or none. Bleeding may not be seen only occult blood Speak to your doctor if you are concerned at the age of 19 ...Read more

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Elderly patient with recurring gi bleeding and black stool. Is endo colonoscopy required to treat with ppi. Other options? Pepto bismo?

Elderly patient with recurring gi bleeding and black stool. Is endo colonoscopy required to treat with ppi. Other options? Pepto bismo?

Work up needed: Pan endoscopy would be recommended in order to determine the bleeding source. A ppi trial would be justified if based on history and exam it is suspected that the bleeding originates in the upper gi tract. Peptobismol would cause dark stools and would not be indicated. ...Read more

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I had burning pain above belly button, black stool and drop in hgb indicating ulcer; stopped bleeding on own and resolved on its own. What is the likelyhood it will bleed again. Still Having burning pain.

I had burning pain above belly button, black stool and drop in hgb indicating ulcer; stopped bleeding on own and resolved on its own. What is the likelyhood it will bleed again. Still Having burning pain.

Good chance: The bleeding if due to an ulcer is from erosion of the gastroduodenal artery. This frequently clots off on its own but often the clot dissolves and bleeding restarts. Gastroscopy can define the lesion and it may be treated by local fulguration. Otherwise by arteriography a clot can be placed in the artery. If these methods don't work, surgical resection or vagotomy pylorplasty needed. ...Read more

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Can GI bleed turn only half the stool black... When melena enters toilet water does it turn the water red or black...Can melena be solid?

Yea: Melena can be intermittent. It does not tend to change the color of the water. It can be associated with constipation known as (tarry stool). Diarrhea occurs usually if there is an active acute bleeding, which is usually bright red. ...Read more

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What should you do to stop gum bleeding when flossing?

What should you do to stop gum bleeding when flossing?

A few days but....: Don't 'pop' the floss between your teeth and hitting the gums. Gently see-saw the floss between your teeth slowly. Once you get between the teeth gently go under the gumline to remove any plaque. I like to floss after brushing before rinsing to help push the toothpaste chemicals between the teeth. You can also rinse with warm salt water to help sore gums and keep current with your dental exams. ...Read more

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What can I do for my two year old's bleeding gums?

What can I do for my two year old's bleeding gums?

Why&when it started?: The larger question is when it started and why. If the child is teething, the problem will resolve with time and good consistent gentle cleaning. Cold teething aids can help. If the gums are bleeding because of food and bacteria, then again, the answer is obvious. If the baby seems sick, different or has other bleeding issues, it's urgent to have the pediatrician evaluate. ...Read more

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I am 15 weeks 5 days pregnant. I have gum bleeding. How to cure?

I am 15 weeks 5 days pregnant. I have gum bleeding. How to cure?

See a dentist: See your dentist. Your hormones change during pregnancy which make your gums very prone to bleeding if there is any thing irritating them. Brush and floss corectly and have your teeth cleaned by a professional. There is something called pregnancy gingivitis which is probably what you have. ...Read more

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What can treat bleeding gums and bad breath?

What can treat bleeding gums and bad breath?

Poor oral hygiene: Most commonly, the answer is inadequate oral hygiene. The plaque/bacteria accumulate on your teeth and under the gums and causes an infection called gingivitis, and in more advanced stages, periodontitis. This can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Go see your dentist today. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a painful bleeding gums with braces. Help?

I am experiencing a painful bleeding gums with braces. Help?

Talk to your orthodo: If your braces are irritating your gums the sharpness of the metal bands and wires can cause this problem
also oral hygiene is more difficult and plaque buildup can start irritating your gums and bleeding can result see the dentists involve d in your treatment for good advice on eliminating the problem. ...Read more

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I started getting really painful gums during brushing and bleeding gums?

I started getting really painful gums during brushing and bleeding gums?

Soft brush: Use a soft brush, brush lightly including the gums even if they bleed, and use floss. Over time, they will stop bleeding. Make sure to follow up with your dentist. ...Read more

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Brushing up in the morning and I tend to get bleeding gums. Why is that?

Brushing up in the morning and I tend to get bleeding gums. Why is that?

See a periodontist: If you have bleeding gums it is a sign of a problem. It could be an infection in the gums or the sign of a systemic problem
start with the periodontist first. ...Read more

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My gums bleed every time I brush, what causes bleeding gums and what can I do?

My gums bleed every time I brush, what causes bleeding gums and what can I do?

Visit a dentist: Red, bleeding and swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, advanced gum disease. Untreated gingivitis can lead to the tooth loss and other health problems. See your dentist ASAP because the sooner you treat it the better the outcome. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has inflamed bleeding gums that are puffy. What type dentist sees them?

My girlfriend has inflamed bleeding gums that are puffy. What type dentist sees them?

Start at gen dentist: Go to a general dentist first. He/she along with the hygienist can likely treat this problem. Sounds like gingivitis or other form of periodontitis. Go to the dentist for a full exam and diagnosis, and the dentist will send you on the right path for treatment in his clinic or a specialist. ...Read more

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I need some help please! Why is my tooth sensitive and bleeding gums only around that tooth?

I need some help please! Why is my tooth sensitive and bleeding gums only around that tooth?

Gingivitis: In gingivitis gums become red, swollen, can cause tooth sensitivity and bleed easily. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does bleeding gums while kissing be an exposure to hiv?

Does bleeding gums while kissing be an exposure to hiv?

Unlikely: Unless the person you are kissing is the one bleeding and you have open lesions this is very unlikely. And am also assuming the kissing is oral and not genital. Hiv is gotten by transfer of blood or tissue or intimate sexual contact. It is not easy to get. If you think you may have been exposed go and get tested. Always best to know early and start treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have another maxillary sinus cyst but why is my gum bleeding?

I have another maxillary sinus cyst but why is my gum bleeding?

Unrelated: Gum bleeding is a sign of gingivitis which is unrelated to your maxillary sinus cyst. You should see your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some at home treatments for swollen and bleeding gums?

Could you tell me what are some at home treatments for swollen and bleeding gums?

Many things: First I would recommend you see a dentist to find out why they are bleeding and see what the recommended treatment is. At home, regular brushing 2-3x/day, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash will help. It usually takes 2-3 weeks of regular maintenance to notice a change in the gums. A water irrigation device like a waterpik is also very helpful. But first, see a dentist! ...Read more

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Can tooth whitening products cause gum bleeding?

Can tooth whitening products cause gum bleeding?

Yes: Gum inflammation and irritation can result from whitening products and produce gum bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Bleeding Gums (Definition)

Gum bleeding is a clinical condition in which the gums bleed easily with only slight trauma, including teeth brushing. This is common with poor dental care ...Read more


Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more