Black Poop

If your feces appears black during bowel movements it is not an immediate cause for concern as variations in stool colors can be caused by various lifestyle elements, or foods or liquids that you may have consumed in your diet. If the condition appears once and does not happen again, it may be nothing to worry about. It can also be something that needs to be addressed quickly in case the condition persists despite changing diet and lifestyle choices that may cause the dark stools.

Brown Poop is the normal color of poop. It is usually a good idea to monitor the conditions and results of your bowel movements as any changes may be indicative in what may be happening inside your digestive system. Seeing any changes early may help you seek treatment and diagnosis at an early enough stage, increasing your chance of resolving any possible problems that may occur.

Black Poop Color

If your black stool has a look of being "tarry" it may be a case for concern. Tarry black poop suggests that there is dried up blood in your feces. This condition is called melena. If the condition persists, you should contact a medical professional such as a doctor specializing in gastrointestinal issues, and seek a diagnosis as to why this is happening. Remember, only your healthcare professional like a doctor specializing in digestive problems can make the proper diagnosis. If you suspect something may be seriously wrong with your health, do not panic right away. Seek help from a medical professional who will likely prescribe you to perform some lab tests on your feces to find out whether there is a presence of blood or other substances in your feces that should not be there.

Some Non-Threatening Causes For Black Poop

Often, you will find that seeing a strange color of feces in the toilet induces some panic. This can make you over-react a little. At a second glance, you may even notice that the color of the feces just seemed black (or any other strange color)because of the lighting in the bathroom. This can often happen in public restrooms because you are just not used to the lighting in those rooms. In any case, do not panic right away. Even if your feces really is black, there are certain steps you are advised to take if you suspect a serious problem, and the more calmly you can perform them, the better off you will be.

If the lighting isn't a problem, think of some new foods or liquids you may have consumed recently (last few days). Did you have too much of some food or drink that may cause you to have had your poop temporarily change color? If so, the change in poop color is likely harmless and as soon as your diet goes back to normal, so will your stools. Additionally, think about your environment. Perhaps it lead to dehydration and constipation, which caused your poop to be more dry and decay before being excreted? Are you in a much hotter or colder area than normally? Have you been exercising less or more than usual? Keep in mind that there are many harmless causes of why your poop may appear black.

Some foods may cause irritation, or strong allergic reactions. Try to eliminate suspicious foods first. If your black poop is in fact caused by bleeding, and it does have the tarry texture to it, that is called Melena.

Digestive Problems Causing Black Poop

Here are some digestive problems that cause black poop

You should always monitor your poop for changes in color, shape and smells because it might help you notice something unusual at a somewhat early stage.

Common Digestive Tract Problems

The problem with the digestive tract is that there are so many different organs that the bleeding can occur in any of them. Take a look at all the organs of the digestive tract to get a sense of how many possible problems can occur. In fact, the bleeding that causes the black poop does not even have to be caused by a digestive tract problem. The blood can come from broken blood vessels or other bleeding disorders. It can also come from outside injury like a strong blow to the outside of the body. Without proper diagnosis, guessing about the cause for the black poop is like picking a needle out of a haystack.

Black Poop From Melena, and Mis-Diagnosis

Dried red blood cells that have been in the intestines long enough to be broken down by digestive enzymes, can cause excreted feces to appear black after defecation. The condition of bleeding in the upper digestive tract, which results in black stools in called "Melena." Melena can be caused by a number of underlying medical conditions such as ulcers or even cancer. But if you notice that you are having black stools, do not panic. You should get a proper diagnosis made by a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional.

Common mis-diagnosis for melena are foods, liquids or medicines that can temporarily darken the appearance of your feces to make them appear black.

Seeking Correct Diagnosis

By now you see that there are many possible reasons why your poop may appear to be a certain color. Many of the reasons are not even health or medicine related. There can be many health related problems that may cause you to have black stools. You should seek a diagnosis from a doctor who is qualified to make the right diagnosis for what is causing you to experience this problem. A correct diagnosis is extremely important because the treatment options depend on the correctness of the diagnosis. The last thing you want to happen is to be treating a different problem than the one you have while the problem you have gets worse.

Typically during a doctor visit, the doctor will ask you about your family history. This will tell the doctor what kind of problems you may be at more risk of developing. After that, the doctor may send you to do some blood or stool tests to determine whether there is any chemical or metabolic imbalances in your system. After that, the doctor may make a diagnosis and suggest treatments, send you for more testing, or tell you that the tests show nothing wrong.

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