Mucus is a slimy substance, secreted by our mucus membranes for lubrication purposes inside our body. It helps the food to move easily through our digestive organs. A very little amount of it is generally secreted along with the stool as it aids proper bowel movements. But if the amount is not negligible, it is a sign of our digestive system, that something is wrong with it. We can understand the cause of distress in our digestive system by examining and understanding the various other symptoms that come along with the extra discharge of mucus in stool.
Causes of Mucus in Stool
- Constipation :- Chances of mucus in the stool of a person suffering from constipation is huge. Constipation generally means less than three normal bowel movements per week. These may be caused due to lack of activity, poor eating habits, less than adequate water, intake of certain drugs, misuse of some laxatives and even some medications can cause it. A person suffering from constipation may face fewer stool movements or pain during the movements as the stool becomes hard. These may cause anal fissures or rectal prolapsed. This causes an increase in the amount of mucus in stool.
- Infections :- The body has its own system in the digestion process. A large variety of bacteria is present in the body to break down the food and extracts minerals from it. Sometimes these bacteria may become overwhelmed, and are unable to digest the food properly. Because of this some types of virus and bacteria may form in our digestive system and cause a major infection called gastroenteritis or stomach flu. It causes inflammation in the intestines resulting in diarrhea, cramps, vomiting, nausea and fever. It increases mucus in the stool.
- Ulcerative Colitis :- Ulcerative Colitis or Colitis Ulcerosa is a chronic disease, which causes inflammation in the bowel tracts. It generally occurs in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. It may be mild or severe. It can even put a patient in the danger of developing colon cancer. They cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, lesions and open sores, rectal bleeding etc. This increases mucus in stool.
- Crohn’s Disease :- Crohn’s disease or Ileitis is also an inflammatory bowel problem, also known as IBP, which affects the lining of the digestive tracts. This disease causes anal fissure, anaemia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and tiredness. This cannot be cured but may be treated. The people suffering from this experience blood and mucus in stool. They suffer from pain, watery stool or low appetite problems. This can become a life-threatening disease if not detected and treated properly on time.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome :- Some minor gastrointestinal infections lead to an irritable bowel syndrome and its symptoms increases with extra stress, though the doctors are still unsure of what causes them in the first place. In this case, the patient may have constipation issues or diarrhea issues. Some may even have them alternatively. These symptoms cause, bloating, cramps, abdominal pain or changes in bowel movement. Those who are diarrhoea-predominant, gets mucus in stool when the symptoms increase.
- Bowel Obstruction :- There are many types of obstruction in bowel movements. They may be due to gall bladder stone, tumor in the stomach, impacted stool, and adhesion, abnormally twisting of intestines, hernia or intussusceptions. This obstruction creates irregular water disposal from the body. These may cause abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, nausea, distension, constipation, constipation, or inability to pass gas. This is a medical emergency and medical professionals should be consulted right away.
- Diverticulitis :- Diverticulitis means a sac-like structure in the large intestine, which is formed because of stool becoming hard. This pouch-like a structure of hardened waste puts pressure on the walls of the colon. The condition does not have specific symptoms but is causes blood and mucus in stool. They sometimes also cause constipation, bloating, flatulence and abdominal pain. If these pouches become inflamed it causes fever, sharp pain in the abdomen, vomiting and nausea, or a distended stomach.
Natural Remedies for Mucus in Stool
If someone is facing more than the normal amount of mucus in stool problem, they should not ignore the condition and take these necessary steps to avoid worsening your condition and to know the underlying cause of it.
- Consumption of psyllium husk with a glass of warm water twice a day or a spoon of blackstrap molasses with hot water can help with this problem
- Proper eating habits can help you greatly. Thus making your diet a fiber-rich diets necessary for abdominal issues. Taking stress during this period should also be avoided. Foods such as raspberries, bran cereals, and black beans are good options.
- Digesting spicy and junk foods put a stress on the digestive system. Thus it should be avoided. Drinking alcohol of caffeine intake is also not a good option. They may worsen the condition.
When to See a Doctor
When the above steps are taken and still that feeling of abnormality and uneasiness exists, it is highly suggested to consult a doctor to ensure a proper detection of the underlying cause.
- When during stool passage you see more than normal mucus or blood, one should not delay a doctor’s visit, because it may be symptoms of some serious disease
- If any of the above natural treatments doesn’t relieve you of your abdominal issues, they can only be resolved by a medical practitioner.