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Stool Color Changes (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

As for self-care, it is important to recognize whether the change in stool color is persistent, recurrent or transient. Generally, changes in stool color that are transient, for example, once or twice, and then return to healthy stool color are not as important as persistent or recurrent changes.

Some of the symptoms associated with changes of stool color also are important to recognize. For example, if the stool is red, maroon or black, is suggestive of bleeding from the intestines, then symptoms of abdominal pain, lightheadedness, or dizziness (from losing too much blood) may prompt someone to seek medical care more urgently.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/12/2013
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