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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

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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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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Went to the GI dr today for black stools x3days abd pain tenderness nausea&fatigue uncheartburn sent me home w Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) & 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 (dexlansoprazole) & 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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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 to do if I have black stools, what does it mean?

What to do if I have black stools, what does it mean?

Nothing or something: Many things turn stool black - like iron pills or bismuth (pepto bismal). So, unless it is a continuing problem, don't worry. However, blood from the upper intestine - stomach ulcer, polyp, inflammation does cause the stool to be black. If it is a continuing problem, see a doctor. Tests like an upper GI series or an upper endoscopy can easily detect a problem. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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What causes black stool?

What causes black stool?

Sometimes it is: caused by things like iron supplementation or Peptobismal. If there is black, tarry malodorous stool it could be GI bleeding and should prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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What if I have black stool?

What if I have black stool?

Simple to serious: Quality of the your stool and your diet is important. If your stool is firm and formed it is possible that this may be related to iron which could be in spinach or supplements. Also pepto-bismol or beets may do this. If your stool is soft and "tarry" this more likely would be blood. Also blood makes stools more frequent. Stools need to be checked for blood by your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is occassional black stool common?

Is occassional black stool common?

Black=blood.: While very few dietary ingredients and supplements can cause black stool, the finding of black stool should not be considered common, and could suggest bleeding from an upper gastrointestinal source. If it's common, then it should be investigated. Could be gastritis or an ulcer, for example. ...Read more

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Black stool should I be concerned?

Black stool should I be concerned?

Possibly: If it is black, tarry and malodorous that could be a sign of melena (gi bleeding). If that is the case, please seek prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Irina Medwin
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Black Tar Colored Stools (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 is red in color). ...Read more


Stool Is Black (Definition)

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