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Treatment for green color stool for kid?

Treatment for green color stool for kid?

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 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 sludgy stools recently, what natural remedy for this?

Black sludgy stools recently, what natural remedy for this?

Black, tarry, foul: Smelling stools can be due to GI bleeding. If this description fits see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dark brown nearly black stool with no other symptoms what is this?

Dark brown nearly black stool with no other symptoms what is this?

Could be: Something you ate, medication, or occult blood. Get it tested to make sure. Some black foods can make your stools dark, and meds such as iron and bismuth in peptobismol can make your stools black or dark. ...Read more

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What causes stool to be black or dark green?

What causes stool to be black or dark green?

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

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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 colitis show black, tarry stools? Also, is it possible for colitis to initially show watery diarrhea and then progress to black, tarry stools?

Yes to both: GI bleeding in colitis may cause black tarry stools. Some colitis, e.g, C diff, may present as watery diarrhea and later have bleeding and black tarry stools. If you have any of these, you should consult a doctor. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Bloody stools: It is unlikely that antibiotics are causing bright red rectal bleeding. You will have to be checked for hemorrhoids and may need a colonsocopy ...Read more

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Elderly patient with recurring gi bleeding and black stool. Is endo colonoscopy required to treat with ppi. Other options? Pepto bismo?

Elderly patient with recurring gi bleeding and black stool. Is endo colonoscopy required to treat with ppi. Other options? Pepto bismo?

Work up needed: Pan endoscopy would be recommended in order to determine the bleeding source. A ppi trial would be justified if based on history and exam it is suspected that the bleeding originates in the upper gi tract. Peptobismol would cause dark stools and would not be indicated. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What are the home treatments for black toenails?

What are the home treatments for black toenails?

Black Toenails: Dark colored or black toenails can indicate a nail fungus infection or a sub ungual hematoma (blood deposit under the toenail). The worse scenario is a condition known as melanoma. See a podiatrist for the best diagnosis of this problem. ...Read more

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Are two different colored stools (yellowish and dark brown) normal?If bleeding is suspected, can there be partial melena and partial normal stool?

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

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Dark green stool from baby for almost 2 hours, what are possible causes?

Dark green stool from baby for almost 2 hours, what are possible causes?

Normal.: If there are no other symptoms, any shade of green, yellow or brown is normal for a baby's stool. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for bloody stools?

What are some reasons for bloody stools?

See doctor: Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated. See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluatin and examination, and can treat most causes of rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

Really light colored stool a cause for immediate concern?

Maybe - see your doc: When stool gets light, ei: grey, white or clay colored, it can be due to an underlying gallbladder/liver issue. Bile is what gives stool its color so if not being produced or blocked for its excretion then can lead to light colored stool. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there some health problem if your stools are dark like black in color?

Is there some health problem if your stools are dark like black in color?

Black stool: Black stool can occur due to iron supplementation or due to bleeding in upper GI tract, latter known as melena. You should have this evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Any effective treatment for dark circle?

Any effective treatment for dark circle?

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

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Can antibiotic cause formed yellow fluffy looking stool during treatment?

Can antibiotic cause formed yellow fluffy looking stool during treatment?

Antibiotics: Because antibiotics kill bacteria (good and bad), the normal bacteria in your gut may be altered resulting in a change in your stool. If these symptoms, persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What kind of black stool is a indicator of colon cancer? Smelly and tarry? I had dark leafy specks on my stool im 22

What kind of black stool is a indicator of colon cancer? Smelly and tarry? I had dark leafy specks on my stool im 22

Blood: Dark tarry stools is indicative of blood high in the GI tract like a bleeding ulcer. You should talk to your primary care doc about this. May need antacid medicaton. ...Read more

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Feces (Definition)

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