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Treatments For Black Stools
None: Stool color changes with diet, with hydration status, with viruses, and other causes. If your child is well, behaving normally, growing normally, eating and drinking normally, and the only problem is the color of the poop, then wipe it up and don't worry about it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Black, tarry, foul: Smelling stools can be due to GI bleeding. If this description fits see a doctor. ...Read more
Dark 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
Can colitis show black, tarry stools? Also, is it possible for colitis to initially show watery diarrhea and then progress to black, tarry stools?
Can you get bloody stools as a side effect of of anti-biotics taken for h. pylori? Completed treatment months back. Had bright red blood in stool now.
Elderly patient with recurring gi bleeding and black stool. Is endo colonoscopy required to treat with ppi. Other options? Pepto bismo?
Black spots/sprecks in stool, stool is not completely black but i can see many small spots which don't look normal. Stool color is also different.
Fecal impaction: You should see your primary doctor. Fecal impaction, constipation could be explanation for your symptoms. If you have bleeding ( when stool could be black/dark red) colonoscopy can help understand the source of bleeding. Cancer/cancer bleeding unlikely at age 21. Another test: stool for parasites. Thank you for question. ...Read more
Other than constip/gi bleed/bismuth, can anything else cause very dark to black stool? I'm having 2-5+ bm daily, but stool is usually very dark. If it's lighter, it has 2-3mm black outer layer.
Are two different colored stools (yellowish and dark brown) normal?If bleeding is suspected, can there be partial melena and partial normal stool?
Sure...: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet &stool additives. ...Read more
Dark circles - eyes: Dark circles under the eyes can be a result of allergies and the resulting congestion in the sinuses that cause a back up of blood in the venous system in the face. Try some allergy medicines and decongestants to see if that helps you. Sleeping on a slight incline may help with "drainage" of the area too- one case where gravity is actually good! ...Read more