What are treatments for unhealthy bowel movements

Black stool: a symptom of illness?

Stools are usually brown. The color comes from the breakdown of bile during digestion. However, it can become one due to food and other factors Change in the color of the stool come, for example black stools.


How does the stool turn black?

As Cause of black bowel movements come into question:

  • food
  • Medication
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

Dark stools from food

What we eat has a direct impact on the color of the stool - this is how some people who consume a lot of dairy products notice yellow stools. There are also foods that cause black poop. This includes Blueberries, beetroot, red wine, spinach and liquorice.

Symptoms & complaintsRed stool: is blood in stool dangerous?

Those who eat meat often tend to have darker stools than people who follow a vegetarian diet. The reason for this is that contained in the meat Hemoglobin (red blood pigment). It turns into during the digestive process Sterkobilin um, which gives the chair its brown color. The more Sterkobilin it contains, the darker the faeces. If you eat a lot of meat, the stool can be so dark in color that it looks black. Black stools caused by food are harmless.


Dark stools from medication

Charcoal tablets (against diarrhea) and Iron supplements (for anemia) can also cause black stools. The reason: medical charcoal is excreted unchanged, with iron tablets the oxidation of the substance causes the stool to darken. In both cases, the black stool disappears after stopping the medication.


Black stool in baby: is it normal?

The newborn's first bowel movement is usually jet black. However, there is no need to worry - it is the so-called Kindspech (Meconium). This baby's first bowel movement consists of swallowed amniotic fluid, bile and intestinal mucus and is eliminated within the first 24 to 48 hours after birth. The meconium shows that the baby's digestion is working.

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Black stool: blood in your stool?

Dark brown to black stools are not a cause for concern if they are due to any of the above.

However, if a bowel movement occurs that exhibits the following characteristics, it is considered to be Tarry stool (Meläna) and thus as a symptom of the disease:

  • black
  • glittering
  • foul smelling

The black chair is created by in this case Bleeding in the upper digestive tract: If hemoglobin (red blood pigment) comes into contact with stomach acid and bacteria during digestion and the iron it contains oxidizes, black is formed Hematin.

In most cases, the source of bleeding is the stomach or duodenum. More rarely, the blood comes from the large intestine.

Tar stools can be caused by various gastrointestinal disorders:

illnessReason for the bleeding
Ulcers of the stomach and duodenumBacteria, an unhealthy diet, and stress can all cause sores in the gastrointestinal tract. If these ulcers bleed, it could manifest itself in tarry stools and vomiting blood. In this case, urgent medical care is required.
Varicose veins in the stomachVaricose veins in the stomach and esophagus can tear. The resulting bleeding becomes visible as black stool. Caution: If you vomit blood, you can have a ruptured varicose vein in your stomach and should call the emergency doctor (112) immediately.
Stomach cancerIn gastric cancer, bleeding is common, leading to tarry stools.
Inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis)Black bowel movements are a possible symptom of inflammation of the stomach lining. In this case, bleeding from the inflamed stomach lining causes the blackening. There are also burning and pressing pains in the stomach and sternum.
Mallory-Weiss SyndromeIf the esophagus is irritated, vomiting can cause injury and bleeding. The condition is common in alcoholics and bulimics.

Fresh blood on the stooll, on the other hand, is red instead of black - it did not go through the digestive process because it comes from the lower part of the digestive tract. For example, red blood in the stool can be a sign of inflamed and / or enlarged hemorrhoids.

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Black droppings: when to see a doctor?

Anyone who finds tarry stools in themselves without having ingested food or medication that stains the stool black should see their family doctor - especially if the following symptoms are added:

  • stomach pain
  • Vomit
  • Feeling weak
  • dizziness
  • nausea

Then there may be a disease in the (upper) digestive tract. Acute gastrointestinal bleeding can be life-threatening, therefore, if you experience these symptoms in connection with black stool, you should not delay your visit to the doctor.


Gastrointestinal bleeding (gastrointestinal bleeding), in: dasgastroenterologieportal.de

Meläna (tarry stool), in: apotheken.de