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My Stools Are Very Dark
Very dark brown stool. Normal consistency. 2 times in past week. Normal? How normal are very dark brown stools?
Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by enzymes that changes food from yellow to brown. While your diet/medications can play a large role in stool color, get checked if the dark brown borders on black. ...Read more
I have been noticing some dark colored sections in my stool; they are a light brown Mostly except here's dark brown sections. and mucous. ?
Abnormal stools: Bowel movements' color changes may be from change in diet (from food colors), medications (e.g. iron or Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) causing dark stools) or internal bleeding (dark like coffee grounds if from the stomach or red-brown if from the intestine). Seek medical attention in all cases, especially the latter which requires immediate attention as internal bleeding can be lethal. ...Read more
The color and texture of my stools have changed. They look very light brown/tan and are very soft (almost diarrhea). No nausea or vomiting. Serious?
My stool was big and hard very dark colour but when I wiped it and stuff the marks were brown. Was stool just very dark brown? eaten lots of chocolate
Black, tarry stool?: If the stool is black and like hot tar consistency, it's possible that there is blood in the stool. Stool color varies dramatically with what foods you've eaten, dyes that may have been in processed food or in your case maybe even very large quantities of dark chocolate. ...Read more
Dark spots in stools what is big dark spots in stools most likely? The general color is not dark but there are dark spots.
Flat brown stool: The amount, color, frequency, shape of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications, supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor pls ...Read more
4yr old sore stomach 1.5 days. Very dark brown (black?) diarrhea this morning and very dark green solid stool this afternoon. Otherwise fine. ?Causes?
Probably nothing: But there are many causes of dark stools (blood, meds, diet, etc) . Fortunately it is easy to tell by bringing a small sample to your md to test for blood. If blood is found a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy could be performed to rule out a source of bleeding. If no blood, it may just be diet or other normal cause. ...Read more
Heterochromia: What you are describing is a condition called heterochromia, which simply means "different color." there are a number of causes of this relatively rare condition. It is certainly something to bring up with your pediatrician if they haven't already mentioned it. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003319.htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do stools be in dark color? My stools are ocassionally dark but not black. No foul smell. Why?
Bilirubin: in bile, the breakdown product of the hemoglobin in red blood cells, is generally responsible for stool color. Bilirubin concentration can vary the color of stool from light yellow to almost black. Iron supplements can also cause stool to be darker/black. Blood in the stool from upper GI bleeding is usually black; if you have any questions don't hesitate to talk with your doctor about them:) ...Read more
Not necessarily : Pale stools may point to a liver problem or can be a normal variant. Consult your pediatrician, who can assess your son's overall health and can help decide whether he needs additional tests or a consultation with a pediatric gastroenterologist (gi specialist.). ...Read more
I've had small white strings in my stool for 2+ weeks now. They are very short and very thin. Are these worms?
Could be worms.: Please visit your physician to obtain materials to give a stool sample for ova and parasites to find out. You can also bring one or more in a ziplock bag to show the physician. There are some things that are not well-digested that pass through into stool and give unusual appearances. Have you eaten anything different for the last 2 weeks? ...Read more
How is it that I have very dark brown eyes when my mum's eyes are grayish and my dad's are green?
Genetics : Eye color determination is genetically determined by your parents, with about 15 genes so far having been discovered that influence eye color. There are also various expressions of eye Color due to genetic polymorphisms. Enjoy the beautiful brown eyes that you have been blessed with! ...Read more
I have been having pretty steady diarrhea for about 2 weeks and it had become very dark brown in color with bright red from hemmeroids almost every bm?
Tarry? Sticky?: Foul smelling? - if yes then get it medically checked out to ensure that you don't have GI bleeding. ...Read more
Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?
Evaluation/diet: Look into your diet-you may have change your diet some way that is affecting your bowel. Your diet may lack fiber, or you may dring less water that normally. , or under some stress.Stress does affect your bowel as well. If you do not have any of the above reason, then you need to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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