Black stools: causes, symptoms, and treatments
Why is there a black chair?
First of all, dark feces indicate open bleeding in the upper digestive system (esophagus, stomach, large intestine). Also often this symptom indicates a large amount of swallowed blood, for example, in case of nasal, oral bleeding or injuries. It is necessary in this case to immediately consult a doctor, since the presence in the body of internal bleeding can lead to death.But not always black stools indicate a serious illness. Sometimes it may just be a side symptom of the use of drugs containing in its composition black licorice or trace elements of iron. A similar effect can have food products that have the listed components in their composition.
Black feces: symptoms
If there is a serious disease in the body, in addition to the black stool, such symptoms may also be present,as black or red vomiting, bleeding from the anus, general weakness due to regular blood loss, constant nausea, acute pain in the abdomen. It is worth noting that it is the black feces indicates a disease of the upper digestive system. The red stool, on the contrary, is about problems in the lower segments of the gastrointestinal tract. Black stools can alternate with red. This happens because in the stomach and intestines the blood can change its color under the active influence of digestive enzymes.
Black chair: causes
Among the reasons for the appearance of fecal discharge of a similar color are the presence in humans of diseases such as duodenal ulcer and stomach, gastritis, colitis, tumors, leukemias of any stages, plague, histoplasmosis, injuries of one of the digestive systems, etc. It should be noted that As such, black stools may not be present in a pronounced form, but may have purple, red or purple hues. It depends on what part of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract bleeding occurred, since under the influence of different levels of digestive enzymes the blood takes on different shades.
Black chair: treatment
Gastroenterologists say that it is necessary to apply for medical help not only when obvious symptoms of intraintestinal or gastric bleeding have already appeared, but also when black veins and spots in feces are detected, since they are the first signs of a serious disease. As a rule, treatment is prescribed depending on the reasons that provoked the illness. The causes themselves are identified by general blood and feces, gastroscopy and X-raystudies of the affected areas. On this basis, one of the methods of treatment can be applied: conservative or operative. Important elements of therapy are bed rest and a strict diet. If the bleeding is very heavy, the patient may be prescribed injections with blood components and even additional oxygen support. Thus, having detected the slightest presence of black color in the feces, it is recommended to immediately consult a doctor in order to avoid serious complications.