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What Can Cause Dark Stools
Diet, blood: Stool will vary from light to dark depending upon the diet. Diets rich is red meat for instance will darken the stool color. If there is GI bleeding then the stool may become black. This requires evaluation by your gastoenterlogist as the source of the bleeding must be discovered and corrected. ...Read more
Not usually...: Dark stools can be a sign of blood in the stool so it is important for you to have this evaluated by your doctor asap. Blood in the stools can be a sign of a serious condition, like cancer, but there are many benign causes of blood in the stools as well. Do not hesitate; get yourself checked out today! ...Read more
I eat a lot of spinach during the week and ate a bunch last night. I had two dark stools this morning. Could that be the cause?
Could be, but...: Your stool color can be affected by what you have eaten, but one must be careful with dark stools. Black stools, particularly when foul-smelling and pasty, can be a sign of internal bleeding. If you are uncertain whether this could be due to bleeding, see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck. ...Read more
Could alcohol and a bunch of junk food (excessive oreos, and other junk food) cause dark stools the next day? Normal consistency, just very dark?
Yes: Drinking alot of alcohol can cause an inflammation and even a bleed in the stomach. The stomach acid turns the blood black and can darken the color of the stool as it moves along the entire digestive tract. The stool can be tested for blood the next time you see such a stool. I dont think it was the oreos. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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