Poop FAQ

What does red poop mean?

Normal poop should not have a red color and should be of brown shade. Red stools can sometimes occur and they can mean many different things. Sometimes the red in poop is simply from having eaten tomatoes or beets, but sometimes the red is due to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract due to a myriad of possible disorders that range from parasite infections to ulcers to digestive tract cancer. The rest of the site explains different causes, symptoms and diagnosis for red colored poop.

What shades can bloody stools be?

Blood in the stool can be bright red, maroon in color, black and tarry, or even occult (not visible to the naked eye).

What does the color depend on?

If it is indeed blood, the color often depends on the location of the bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The closer the bleeding site is to the anus, the brighter.

What does it mean when stool is black and "tarry" (sticky) and foul smelling?

Black stool is called Melena and it occurs when the blood is in the colon long enough for the bacteria in the colon to break it down into chemicals (hematin) that are black. Melena usually signifies bleeding is from the upper gastrointestinal tract (bleeding from ulcers in the stomach or the duodenum or from the small intestine) because the blood usually is in the gastrointestinal tract for a longer period of time before it exits the body.

Is black stool always problematic?

No. Sometimes melena may occur with bleeding from the right colon.

Where does the blood come from?

Most rectal bleeding comes from the colon, rectum, or anus. In some cases, the blood originates in the digestive tract.

Educate yourself in the different causes of why you might be experiencing this condition. Causes vary from harmless to life-threatening:

What is a Bowel Movement?

A bowel movement is the process when a person excretes waste (poop) that occurs after the food or drink is passed from the mouth all the way down the digestive tract. There are different types of bowel bowel movements consisting of different poop colors, different poop smells and poop shape. It is important to watch your poop during bowel movements because there is a lot you can tell about your digestive health when you are on the toilet: toilet poop.

Pet Poop

Dog and cat poop is much like human poop, but in some ways different because their digestive systems are also different. Dogs and cats have fewer different types of bacteria. That is why the can not digest various foods people eat. Learn more about dog poop or cat poop.

What are the Digestive Tract Organs?

Digestive Tract

Colors and Types of Poop

Take a look at the overview of the different colors of poop. It is important to be aware of the health and state of your bowel movements because they are indicative of the body's overall health.

About Us

Discussing unhealthy stools or any type of bowel movement, is often an uncomfortable and an embarrassing. Our aim is to provide you with useful information about your concerns in the privacy of your home. For professional assistance, it is important to consult a doctor, especially if the problem persists or worsens.

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