Mucous In Stool
Mucous in stool can be a symptom of digestive problems or it can be a result of a successful colon cleansing. Knowing the difference between the two is largely dependent upon the circumstances. Either way, it’s important to be able to recognize mucous and to know when it’s a matter of further scrutiny.
Identifying Mucous in Stool
Mucous is generally pretty easy to identify. It can be white, yellow, or clear in color. In all cases, however, mucous will retain a jelly-like consistency. Mucous may cover the entire surface of the bowel movement or may appear as small particles. In the latter case, the substance may resemble worms somewhat, but do not be alarmed if it does.
The Origin of Mucus in Healthy Bowels
Mucous in stool isn’t necessarily a sign of a problem. In fact, the large intestine naturally produces mucous with a special membrane used to trap foreign particles and move waste through the digestive system. Since the mucous serves to protect your digestive system, it is not unusual to find increased amounts of mucous when suffering from constipation or diarrhea.
When colon cleansing with a product such as Oxy-Powder®, you might also notice increased amounts of mucous. This is a normal and healthy reaction to the cleansing process as accumulated waste is dispersed from the intestinal lining. In most people, the mucous builds up gradually as your colon works to protect itself from the unhealthy foods you eat. By occasionally cleansing your colon, you can remove this toxic build up and thus help your colon work more efficiently. So noticing a little extra mucous after a colon cleansing is no reason to panic.
Problems with Mucous Production
If you experience mucous only occasionally, you shouldn’t be too concerned about it. If you produce mucous for more than a few weeks or if it’s accompanied by bleeding, you should consult a physician specializing in digestive disorders as soon as possible. Having mucous in stool for a prolonged period of time can indicate a more serious underlying condition or digestive disorder.
If you notice an unusually foul odor along with the mucous, for example, it can indicate you have an infection in your bowels. This is particularly true if the stool is loose. Anal fissures and bowel obstructions can also cause increased mucous production.
Ulcerative Colitis and Mucus
Perhaps the most serious condition leading to mucous in stool is Ulcerative Colitis, wherein the intestines become inflamed and ultimately develop ulcers. When the ulcers bleed, they create mucous and pus. Ulcerative Colitis must be treated early, as the ulcers can easily and quickly spread throughout the colon and cause severe digestive difficulties.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Mucous
Irritable Bowel Syndrome can also cause the digestive system to create excess mucous in the lining of the intestine. This mucous can then be eliminated during a normal bowel movement. If you suffer primarily from diarrhea as a result of IBS, you will more likely notice the presence of mucous while someone suffering predominately from constipation may not.
Infections and Mucous
A variety of bacterial infections can also lead to mucous in stool. Salmonella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, and Shigella are all commonly associated with mucous. Other symptoms of an infection include abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. If you possess a bacterial infection, you may notice excessive gas after eating foods such as bread, sugar, rye, pasta, milk, and rice. Therefore, dietary changes can be beneficial in fending off the infection. In most cases, however, antibiotics can clear up the infection.
Bowel Obstructions and Mucous
Bowel obstructions can cause mucous in stool as the digestive tract works overtime at removing the obstruction. Other symptoms associated with a bowel obstruction include severe cramping, constipation, vomiting, and abdominal distention. Bowel obstructions usually need to be treated in a hospital as they may require surgical intervention.
Regardless of the precise origin of the mucous, it almost always indicates some type of inflammation in the intestines. Whether occurring with constipation or diarrhea, the sudden or severe presence of mucous should be checked by a physician if it lasts for an extended period or is accompanied by more severe symptoms such as pain or bleeding. Though it may sound weird or be embarrassing, examine your bowel movement’s appearance from time to time to note if a digestive condition is beginning to develop.