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Home Remedies For Stool Is Black
Could be: Black stools can reflect intestinal bleed. Medications and the mental stress of surgery could induce a peptic ulcer. Get a stool test from pharmacy to test for blood. If is blood need to call doctor; especially if light headed when stand up, which is a symptom which can indicate that blood volume is getting dangerously low. If you are taking iron tablets, these can cause dark stools. ...Read more
Black stool: Can be caused by a bleeding source in your stomach. When the acid in stomach mixes with the blood it turns black and presents as black stool or melena. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) has bismuth which also turns the stools black. If not using pepto, you need to see a GI doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Don't wait til it appears as fresh blood in the stool as that indicates more rapid and severe bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What you ate?: Color of stools varies widely, and reflects mostly what you've eaten as well as some medications. Generally not a reliable sign of anything, but any color can contain hidden blood, so if you're worried, your physician can do a simple hemoccult for hidden blood in the office. ...Read more
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