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Are there any good home remedies for black stool?

Are there any good home remedies for black stool?

Depends: Why is your stool black. If it is tarry black, see your doctor asap as it is a sign of bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more

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Melena (Definition)

Melena is also known as Black stool. 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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What exactly does having black stool signify and what can be done to remedy it?

What exactly does having black stool signify and what can be done to remedy it?

See your doctor: Black tarry stools are an indication of bleeding in the GI tract. Taking iron may impart a black color to the stools. If you have any doubt see your doctor for a proper evaluation to rule out GI bleeding. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

Determine cause: Black stools could be due to iron supplements, bismuth antidiarrheal agent (e.g. Pepto bismol), or bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract or sometimes right side of the colon. Bleeding can cause black, sticky, smelly bowel movements. If not taking iron or busmuth, or it continues after stopping, it really is necessary to get seen and be sure there is not a serious but treatable cause.. ...Read more

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Uncle's (50yrs old) stomach biopsy found high-grade dysplasia. He is weak, vomiting and has black stools. Should he go for surgery or other treatment?

Uncle's (50yrs old) stomach biopsy found high-grade dysplasia. He is weak, vomiting and has black stools. Should he go for surgery or other treatment?

Keep looking: The biopsy may indicate a nearby missed ulcer or cancer or he may be bleeding from some other cause. He needs an urgent evaluation if he is symptomatic. ...Read more

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Went to the GI dr today for black stools x3days abd pain tenderness nausea&fatigue uncheartburn sent me home w Dexilant & did can w diff this ok?

Went  to the GI dr today for  black stools x3days abd pain tenderness nausea&fatigue uncheartburn sent me home w Dexilant & did can w  diff this ok?

Did he check for...: ...Blood? A simple stool test in the office can determine if your black stools represent melena (blood denatured by stomach acid) or just dark colored stools. In the meantime, particularly since bleeding can be intermittent, watch for signs of lightheadedness, weakness ; stop taking nsaid's, alcohol, tobacco. I anticipate further testing was advised, no? ...Read more

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I've had black stools the last two days. I've never had them before. What might be causing them and what should I do?

I've had black stools the last two days.  I've never had them before.  What might be causing them and what should I do?

Black: It could be from internal bleeding, pepto bismol or something else. See a doctor asap. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about black stools?

How much should I worry about black stools?

Check for bleeding: If your stools are black, tarry (sticky) and have a bad odor - this could be gastrointestinal bleeding and should be checked out promptly. As stated in a previous answer, some medications can cause black stools. It is simple to test the stool to determine if it contains blood. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have black stools?

What does it mean if you have  black stools?

Dark-colored 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

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Had black stools today should I be worried?

Likely not: Wouldn't worry about one episode, may be dietary related. If however they persist and you have other symptoms (abdominal pain, dizziness) need evaluation to be sure you do not have gastrointestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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I have been naususe for several months, now the past 2 days I have been having black stools i mean coal black what's wrong?

Time to see your doc: The signs and symptoms your are describing could be related to an ulcer. Time to see your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is also known as Black stool. Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more


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Black Stool (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding ...Read more


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