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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean If I Have Dark Stool Instead Of Light One

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What does it mean when one part of the same stool is darker than the other part?

What does it mean when one part of the same stool is darker than the other part?

Food related : Stool color is typically related to what one eats or due to some medication. Black component if present can be due to blood, iron or peptobismol. If stool is pale or clay colored can be related to some blockage of bile and would see a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have dark green stools? Any foods cause that color in stools?

What does it mean if I have dark green stools?  Any foods cause that color in stools?

Green foods: Dark green leafy vegetables, e.g. Spinach, kale, collard greens can cause dark green sttols; less commonly meds, vitamin/ mineral supplements can. Less common, bile. Can matter if diarrheal or formed. Infections can cause green diarrheal stool. ...Read more

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Can euchinacea cause ones stool to become a darker color?

Can euchinacea cause ones stool to become a darker color?

Not usually.: Dark stool is not a frequent side effect of echinacea ingestion. If your stool ever becomes very dark and foul-smelling, you should consider the possibility of internal bleeding and see your physician, however. ...Read more

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What causes dark patches on one side of stool. (not tarry and not melane)?

What causes dark patches on one side of stool. (not tarry and not melane)?

Be sure not blood: Hi YijunB Test to be sure its not blood. Many dietary items (skins of fruit or vegetables for example) can appear as dark blobs in otherwise formed stool. Medications containing bismuth can form lumps as well. If it continues, consult your PCP or a GI specialist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when stool in dark brown on the outside and light brown on the inside?

What does it mean when stool in dark brown on the outside and light brown on the inside?

It might..: It might be completely normal depending on what you ate. However, we would need to know what other symptoms you are presenting. If the stool turns black or has blood, mucus on it it would need further evaluation. If otherwise you are healthy I would just make sure that you eat plenty of fiber(fruits and vegetables), low fat diet in order to produce a healthy bowel movement. ...Read more

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First piece of stool that comes out sinks, next one floats. Normal coloured stool. What does this mean?

First piece of stool that comes out sinks, next one floats. Normal coloured stool. What does this mean?

Normal stools.: It means nothing. Please don't stress yourself out on trivial matters like this. Just take it easy. ...Read more

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What does it mean when one is feeling pain when excreting or releasing stool which also comes out very small?

Anal fissure?: It would require an examination, however, what you described suggests an anal fissure and it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.

Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.

Can happen: This can happen. Usually due to changes in diet. If you are consistently taking a fiber supplement, then less likely. You should consider regular fiber in the diet and more water intake. It's best to discuss significant changes with your physician. May want to consider colonoscopy if you are adult age. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my stool is dark green-almost black & bloody. & when I wipe it's always bloody? Is this serious? What do I do?

See dr.: Blood in your stool is never normal, so no matter what, you need to see the Doctor. Things ranging from inflammatory bowel diseases, hemorrhoids, to more serous issues can all cause bleeding in the stool. Best wishes. ...Read more