Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
137 Doctors are Online

What causes a black stool and diarrhea?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Emergency Medicine Specialist
Practicing since : 2000
Answered : 2105 Questions
What causes a black stool? Some direa. Condition has occurred for the past 3 or 4 days.
Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. R.A. Singh 33 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Bleeding in gastrointestinal tract can cause it.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing your query.

After reading your post, I would like to inform you that black stool can be due to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
It should be properly investigated and treatment should be started.

Following investigations may be helpful :-
1. Stool examination.
2. Endoscopy.
3. Colonoscopy.
4. Hemoglobin levels.

I would advise that you should take an antacid like Omeprazole 40mg once a day before meals. This will help if bleeding is from Upper GI Tract.
Further medical management can be planned after knowing the reports of the above mentioned investigations.

Following precautions will be helpful :-
1.Avoid spicy and oily foods.
2.Avoid being empty stomach for long periods.
3.Avoid mental and emotional stress.
4.Avoid smoking and alcohol, if any.
5.Avoid self medications, especially pain killers and steroids.
6.Drink lots of water daily.

I hope this is helpful to you.
If you have any further query, I will be happy to help.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Gastroenterologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor