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What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

Determine cause: Black stools could be due to iron supplements, bismuth antidiarrheal agent (e.g. Pepto bismol), or bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract or sometimes right side of the colon. Bleeding can cause black, sticky, smelly bowel movements. If not taking iron or busmuth, or it continues after stopping, it really is necessary to get seen and be sure there is not a serious but treatable cause.. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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Please name sme comon drugs to cure hemorrhoids.I think bleeding occurs near anal opening.There is partial black stool. Black color only at stool tip.

Please name sme comon drugs to cure hemorrhoids.I think bleeding occurs near anal opening.There is partial black stool. Black color only at stool tip.

See below: Black stool needs to be checked by doc to r/o upper GI bleeding (esophagus, stomach, small intestine) & check for tear in anus as well as hemorrhoids. Otc preps abound: preparation h (plain or w/ hydrocortisone), witch hazel wipes. Prevent hard stools/straining by using stool softener &/or increasing dietary fiber & fluid intake. ...Read more

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I get black stool once every 20days or a month..It doesn't smell v foul.It happens for one day n color is normal other days..Dont take iron med etc?

Possible bleeding: Black stools always rises the concerns about bleeding from the intestines, most commonly from the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach or duodenum), but it could also come from the rest of small bowel and colon. You should seek medical attention and make sure it is not the case. Iron and peptobismol commonly cause black stools as well. ...Read more

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I am so confused about how bloody tarry stool looks like...compared to black stool. Aren't they the same thing?

I am so confused about how bloody tarry stool looks like...compared to black stool.  Aren't they the same thing?

Be cautious: If you have black stools and are not sure if these are tarry black, treat it as if it were black tarry stool and get a sample tested for blood. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have black stool once in while ? It only occured once . . I didn't ate anything that will make it black or dont have any abdomen pain

Is it normal to have black stool once in while ? It only occured once . . I didn't ate anything that will make it black or dont have any abdomen pain

Have your doctor: test your stool for occult blood. It is never normal to have blood in your stool. Besides blood, things that can make your stool black include anything that contains charcoal,bismuth, or iron. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning to a black stool. I don't have other symptoms other than my daily severe constipation. I will wait to see. Or should see I dr?

Black stool: Is occasionally worrisome for upper GI bleeding. However, that kind of black stool is liquidy or tarry. I would treat your constipation by taking more stone fruits in your diet and using maintenance daily dosing of PEG 3350. ...Read more

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Hi i been having black stool and I have been drinking a lot and been taking pepto for the last few days.But I don't see aNY red and not much of a smel?

Hi i been having black stool and I have been drinking a lot and been taking pepto for the last few days.But I don't see aNY red and not much of a smel?

Define melena: 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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What does it mean if I have black stools?

What does it mean if I have black stools?

Blood or iron: Vitamines containin iron, iron tablets, and pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can all cause black stools. Bleeding in the stomach can also cause black stools. ...Read more

Dr. Irina Medwin
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Black Tar Colored Stools (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding is red in color). ...Read more


Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more