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Should I Be Concerned About Mucus in My Stool?

Should I Be Concerned About Mucus in My Stool?

Your colon naturally produces mucus to keep the lining moist and lubricated. Once in a while, this mucus attaches to your stool. Occasional mucus that’s visible when you wipe or in the toilet bowl is generally nothing to worry about. 

But, if you notice a notable increase in the presence of mucus in your stool, or if you notice mucus alongside other symptoms like rectal bleeding or diarrhea and abdominal pain, make an appointment at the office of Digestive Disorders Associates. 

We want to rule out any potential complications associated with your mucus production and make sure your digestive tract is healthy and working properly. 

Here’s what increased mucus production in your stool could mean. 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is characterized by belly pain, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation. There’s no clear reason certain people develop IBS, and the condition doesn’t have a long-term negative impact on your organs or digestive health, but it can certainly have a negative impact on your quality of life. 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are IBD conditions characterized by sores and inflammation in your intestines. You may see pus, blood, and mucus in your stool in addition to experiencing incredible belly pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. 

Proctitis

When the lower part of your large intestine, the rectum, becomes inflamed, you may see more mucus in your stool. Sexually transmitted diseases or foodborne illnesses are common causes. 

Intestinal infections

Certain bacterias, food poisoning, bacterial infections, or dysentery can also cause a large amount of mucus in your stool. 

Your consultation

If we’re concerned about the amount of mucus in your stool and any accompanying symptoms, we’ll order additional tests. These may include a stool test to look for infection or a colonoscopy to look for irregularities in the colon. 

We may also recommend an upper endoscopy to check your upper digestive tract or a capsule endoscopy to look for signs of Crohn’s disease. 

Imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can give us a better look at your internal organs and tissues. 

Treatment for mucus in your stools

If you only have a small amount of mucus, you probably don’t need to do anything about it. If you notice an increase in mucus or develop accompanying symptoms, reach out to our office. 

Any treatment for mucus in your stool will depend on the issue that’s causing the mucus and other uncomfortable symptoms. 

If you have a bacterial infection, for example, you may need antibiotics to clear it up. However, if it’s food poisoning, rest and hydration help you recover.

IBS usually requires lifestyle changes like adjustments to your diet and stress management to manage your symptoms. IBD is a life-long condition that requires monitoring, medications, and other interventions to prevent serious complications. 

At Digestive Disorder Associates, our team wants you to have the best possible digestive health. We’re ready to help when you notice anything unusual with your bowel habits. Call any of our offices in Gambrills, Chester, and Annapolis, Maryland, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment. 

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