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What Is The Best Treatment For Brown Stools
I have dark brown stools, almost tarry (not quite black) in small to mid-size areas. Does this indicate blood in my stools?
Rule out melena: 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... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more
Now has green stool: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if greenish color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
I've been getting light brown stools for about 2 months, is it possible coffee can cause light stools?
The color of Stools: Why are your stools causing you concern? They are brown and they are, i assume, regular? ...Read more
Very dark brown stool. Normal consistency. 2 times in past week. Normal? How normal are very dark brown stools?
Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by enzymes that changes food from yellow to brown. While your diet/medications can play a large role in stool color, get checked if the dark brown borders on black. ...Read more
Could you name a disease for each tipe of stool?
- Greenish-brown stools;
- Greenish-black and sticky;
- Bright green.
Thanks a lot!
How do you tell the difference between dark brown stools and black stools and are dark brown stools normal?
Black is bad: Black stools are completely black or black green. Dark brown stools are fine. The color of the stool is very dependent on the diet a diet rich in red meat will have dark brown stools but they should not be black. Blackstilt can be seen when there is blood in the digestion track or from senna cathartics. ...Read more
Perhaps nothing: But there are many causes of dark stools (blood, meds, diet, etc) . Fortunately it is easy to tell by bringing a small sample to your md to test for blood. If blood is found a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy could be performed to rule out a source of bleeding. If no blood, it may just be diet or other normal cause. ...Read more
Not sure: Tarry / sticky? Bad smell? Dark? - could possibly be related to a GI bleed. Or can be related to meds or foods. ...Read more
I have had very light brown (but completely brown) stools lately. Would a 'pale stool' actually be white/ grey?
Stools now "pale"?: Bile ; your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color ; volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, ; the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more
Had yellow/brown stools for a week now only 1 movement a day as normal but it sometimes firm other times urgent and loose should I worry?
I wouldn't: I believe the two main possibilities are that you had a viral gastroenteritis or mild food poisoning which has resolved on its own, and now your stools are gradually returning to normal. Or you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome--a disorder of normal bowel function which results in cramping, abdominal pain, bloating,gas, diarrhea and constipation. It is managed with increased fiber/other dietary change ...Read more
Needs follow up: This could be something benign like something you ate but we are always a bit concerned when we see anything black in the stools. Bleeding in the stomach or upper intestines can show up as black areas in the stool. It is best to be checked by your doctor and make sure there is no blood in the stool. Your doctor has tests to check stools for blood even when it does not appear to be there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have brown stools with red spots in it but i dont know if its tomato sauce because I ate pizza 3 days ago and yesterday. Water doesnt turn red.age16
It's not blood: because the water WOULD turn red. Maybe whole tomatoes or large bits. ...Read more
My 3 mo. Old has had yellow brown stools about 4-5times a day for the last 3-4 days different from his 1x to evey other day green poop. Is this normal?
Stools are OK: This can be normal. If you have changed what he/she is eating, then you will see a change in the frequency and color of the stool. If the baby is acting well, i wouldn't necessarily do anything different. If the baby is acting ill, then the increased frequency may be a symptom of the illness. The color isn't significant. If the baby is acting ill, and not eating well, he needs to see his doc. ...Read more
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