Black stools are bloody or tarry stools that are dark red or black in color. The color of your stool is indicative of your health. Changes in the color of your feces occur during the initial stages of a health disorder. Usually, the causes and symptoms of dark stools are based on the nature of the health disorder or the food consumed.
The color of normal stools varies from medium to dark brown. This color indicates good health of the person and good digestion and normal functioning of the liver. Stools that vary in color from yellow to yellow-brown are indicative of improper fat absorption and are accompanied by abdominal pain. Stools that are deep brown or even black may be due to medication or due to internal bleeding of the digestive tract. Some causes and symptoms of dark stools are discussed below.
Causes of Dark Stools
Causes of dark stools are as follows:
Symptoms of Dark Stools
The causes and symptoms of dark stools are closely linked. For example, dark stools due to iron medication may show symptoms related to dark color alone, but not any other symptoms like pain or cramps. Stools that are colored moderate to dark brown are normal. Dark-colored stools are either deep red to brown or black. Dark stools are characterized by the following symptoms:
Your stools indicate the type of food consumed, functioning of the digestive system, and other serious health conditions. The causes and symptoms of dark stools vary based on digestive issues, internal bleeding, and medications.