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How can I find out what caused my black stools?

How can I find out what caused my black stools?

See your doc: Black stools can be from gastrointestinal bleeding (usually upper GI source), iron pills, peptobismol, charcoal capsules, arsenic. Dark stools can also come from blueberries, etc. See your doc. See if stool tests + for blood. If so get evaluated-generally upper endoscopy, maybe colonoscopy (black stool can be from right side of colon), or capsule endoscopy to check small bowel. ...Read more

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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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Black or blood in stool! how do I figure out what's wrong?

Black or blood in stool! how do I figure out what's wrong?

Melena?: Black, tarry, malodorous stool can be due to rectal bleeding (melena). You don't need to figure out the cause but you do need to see your physician promptly who will evaluated to determine the cause of your bleeding. You need med evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I find out what is causing my eye pain, and how can I treat it?

How do I find out what is causing my eye pain, and how can I treat it?

More specific: Sharp or dull, one eye or both eyes, discharge or crusting, what makes it better or worse, timing (intermittent, worse in morning or evening, all the time, gets better or worse as the day progresses) and any other accompanying symptoms such as foreign body sensation, headache, flashes etc. ...Read more

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How can I find out what is causing my psoriosis?

How can I find out what is causing my psoriosis?

Theoretic: There are genetic predispositions to Psoriasis and a lot of research, but the exact cause is not known. It is suspected to be one or more agents that set off susceptible people, but like lupus and RA, the exact agents are unknown for now. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of when i do toilet from behin i see blood?how can i stop it? (a guy)

What can be the cause of when i do toilet from behin i see blood?how can i stop it? (a guy)

Rectal Bleeding: Rectal bleeding may have a # of causes to include: hemorrhoids, anal fissure, fistula, polyp, cancer, or inflammation or infection of GI tract. Please see your physician to get this checked. Once the cause is determined - then tx plan can be developed. Take care. ...Read more

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What muscles hold your poop. I smell like feces and i'm trying to figure out what's causing this. I went to a proctologist and told me nothing's wrong?

What muscles hold your poop. I smell like feces and i'm trying to figure out what's causing this. I went to a proctologist and told me nothing's wrong?

Hmmm.: It is quite a jump from smelling like feces to wondering whether or not you have issues with being able to hold your feces. Proctologists are quite well trained and i suspect that if he says you are normal you are at least not very abnormal and this is not likely the cause of your problem. Have you considered a different organ? Maybe this is your nose / sinus or brain? ...Read more

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How do I find out why i'm suffering from stomach bloating and how can I cure it?

How do I find out why i'm suffering from stomach bloating and how can I cure it?

See your physician: Stomach bloating can be a very general symptom caused by a lot of things. If your symptoms persist its best to be evaluated by your primary physician. ...Read more

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How could i find out what is my blood type?

How could i find out what is my blood type?

Some ideas...: If you donate blood at the blood bank, you can learn your blood type at no charge. They also test for hepatitis and hiv. That's a real win/win situation! you help, and get information in return. Otherwise, you can ask your doctor to order a blood type on you. Your insurance will not cover this. If you ever needed blood, they would do a test on you before giving you blood - don't have to know it. ...Read more

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How to remove black spots or black sign on neck i don't understand what is it..so please suggest me how to prevent ??

How to remove black spots or black sign on neck i don't understand what is it..so please suggest me how to prevent ??

Diabetic or not: What you describe maybe acanthosis Nigricans which is usually associated with. Insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is associated with obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). First step is to see a doctor for full evaluation. Good health. ...Read more

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I think my skin is infected! I can see pus-like liquid coming out. What can I do?

I think my skin is infected! I can see pus-like liquid coming out. What can I do?

Skin Infection: If you suspect that you have a skin infection, then you should see a dermatologist so that he or she may do a biopsy and or culture and treat you with the appropriate mediations for a skin infection. In the meantime, you can try an over the counter topical antibiotic ointment per the instructions on the back of the ointment tube. ...Read more

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What to do if I have black heads on my nose how can I get rid off them?

What to do if I have black heads on my nose how can I get rid off them?

Pore strip/ comedone: Extractor. Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day. Use oil free products on face. No heavy foundations. Don't squeeze pimples / blackheads. Avoid touching face (i.e., cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (w salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatologist (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more

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How do I find out what is causing my dizzy and pass out spells?

How do I find out what is causing my dizzy and pass out spells?

Dizziness: Dizziness and passing out spells as you report can be a complicated issue. You should start out with your primary doctor and branch out from there. You may need to be seen by a neurologist, cardiologist, and otolaryngologist. More information would be needed to provide you more specific details. ...Read more

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What can cause my stool to be black and stinky?

What can cause my stool to be black and stinky?

Bleed. Call MD NOW: Black, tarry stools can be seen with bleeding in the gut- usually upper GI tract (stomach, duodenum), but not always; even without pain, nausea, etc. Risks include aspirin, nsaids, alcohol, ulcer history, steroids. Black stools also from pepto-bismol, iron pills, arsenic (not prescribed anymore), charcoal. Black is black, dark is dark. Call doc now. If lightheaded, chest discomfort, palps: er now. ...Read more

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I have a light blue tint to my earwax. What are some things i can do to get rid of it??? Also what causes earwax to be blue?

I have a light blue tint to my earwax. What are some things i can do to get rid of it??? Also what causes earwax to be blue?

Blue ear wax: is very uncommon. My first thought would be something you put into your ear (? pen) colored the wax. I believe there are some unusual infections that could cause ear wax to appear bluish. Is there any pain? If it persists, I think this deserves a visit to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. I would make an appointment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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How can I find out what my headache could be from and what type it is?

How can I find out what my headache could be from and what type it is?

I would start with: Your primary care physician. He or she will evaluate and determine if assessment by a neurologist is indicated. ...Read more

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Hi I have a white patch on my butt cheek and it happens to be sinking. Can you help me figure out what skin condition I have and its treatment?

Hi I have a white patch on my butt cheek and it happens to be sinking. Can you help me figure out what skin condition I have and its treatment?

Anetoderma?: What you describe could be a benign condition known as anetoderma. This results in a focal loss of dermal elastic tissue, resulting in localized areas of flaccid or herniated saclike skin. Best thing to do is have it checked by a dermatologist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

Feces is the product of ...Read more