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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Is mucus in stool normal when you have diarrhea ?

Is mucus in stool normal when you have diarrhea ?

It can be: Diarrhea can occur from inflammation of the bowel due to a number of irritants. Causes can include virus, bacteria and even toxins produced by microorganisms. Since the bowel is lined with a mucous membrane irritation/inflammation can lead to increased mucous that will show up with diarrhea. About half of thoes with irritable bowel syndrome have mucous with diarrhea. ...Read more

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Watery Yellow mucus in stool, also small runny, pebble-like stool for the past couple of days. Just had diarrhea too. What could the cause of this be?

Watery Yellow mucus in stool, also small runny, pebble-like stool for the past couple of days. Just had diarrhea too. What could the cause of this be?

Unsure: Think of seeing your MD and getting stools checked for culture and C. Difficle. Watch for any blood which may warrant a colonoscopy. It may be the resolution of your problem, so with lots of fluids in addition to progressing your diet, it is safe to watch. Be seen for any fever, vomiting or abdominal pain that persists. All the best. ...Read more

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A lot of mucus in stool for months now, random cramping. Now diarrhea for past 4 days, random cramping, and now blood and mucus. Cause for concern?

A lot of mucus in stool for months now, random cramping. Now diarrhea for past 4 days, random cramping, and now blood and mucus.  Cause for concern?

Yes it's a concern: It sounds like you have an inflammatory process in your intestinal tract. There are numerous potential causes, both infectious and non-infectious ones. Some are serious, such as diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), and more. Get evaluated promptly; your PCP probably will refer you to a gastroenterologist -- or contact one directly. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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1 yr old w/ pos. Blood culture and salminella. Diarrhea 2 wks. Now blood & mucus in stool. He hardly drinks and won't eat. In &out ER for week.?

1 yr old w/ pos. Blood culture and salminella. Diarrhea 2 wks. Now blood & mucus in stool. He hardly drinks and won't eat. In &out ER for week.?

Gethim into hospital: He should be an in patient in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics and IV fluids. Insist that he is seen by a pediatric infectioius disease specialist. ...Read more

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Would like some advice please? I've been having abdominal pain, diarrhea, mucus in stool?

Would like some advice please? I've been having abdominal pain, diarrhea, mucus in stool?

Could be IBS: Mucous can be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome. There several other diagnoses that are possible. I suggest a thorough evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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I m experiencing alternation between constipation and diarrhea, lots of gases, bloating , mucus in stool, moderate pain and straining ... Any thoughts?

See a doctor: One possibility is that you have giardiasis, but this could be numerous other infectious or non-infectious causes of colitis. You really should go and be examined soon and have this worked out diagnostically. ...Read more

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I have pencil stools, blood in stool, constant diarrhea/constipation, sharp pain in my bottom left side, fatigue, & mucus in stool. What could it be?

I have pencil stools, blood in stool, constant diarrhea/constipation, sharp pain in my bottom left side, fatigue, & mucus in stool. What could it be?

IBD?: Blood and mucous in your stools = go see a doctor! Infections can cause this. So can inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. I don't know your age, but if you are over 40 then colon cancer is also on the list of possibilities. Your doctor will probably check your stool for infection, and might want to do a colonoscopy. You need to feel better! A diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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