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How do I stop or at least slow rectal mucus discharges?

How do I stop or at least slow rectal mucus discharges?

You need scoped: You haven't said how long you've had rectal mucus discharge, but, if you haven't been evaluated by a GI or colorectal surgeon , you need to do so. You'll need endoscopy of the colon to see what's going on. You may well have some form of colitis, which could be inflammatory bowel disease. This can present later in life. Talk to your doctor about this. Good luck. ...Read more

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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What can I do to prevent rectal mucus? I a 72 year old female and have to wear a pad and change it often.

What can I do to prevent rectal mucus?
I a 72 year old female and have to wear a pad and change it often.

Usually this is : Related to some degree of prolapse or weak sphincter. Without an exam i can not tell you the underlying cause. See a colorectal surgeon for an evaluation. Should be fixable in most cases. ...Read more

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Rectal mucus and light rectal spotting after long distance runs (10+ miles). Any cause for concern? Only occurs after running.

Rectal mucus and light rectal spotting after long distance runs (10+ miles). Any cause for concern? Only occurs after running.

See a doctor: Rectal bleeding is not normal and needs evaluation. The situation you describe may be a sign of ischemic colitis, a condition in which there is reduced blood flow to the colon . The stress of a long distance run may shunt blood away from the bowel. A gastroenterologist can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Started smelling sweet odor in the bathroom weeks ago. At first thought it urine, but now i've realized stool and rectal mucus also sweet. What?

Started smelling sweet odor in the bathroom weeks ago. At first thought it urine, but now i've realized stool and rectal mucus also sweet. What?

Check Blood Sugar: The sweet smell you are describing can be worrisome for ketoacidosis. A finding that can occur in diabetics. While this is not clearly the diagnosis, you should see a physician as soon as possible to have blood work checked. ...Read more

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Small red spot in 2 yo diaper today. No blood in stool. Other day took rectal temp. Mucus w/ little red on it. Acting fine. Constipated often-worry?

Small red spot in 2 yo diaper today. No blood in stool. Other day took rectal temp. Mucus w/ little red on it. Acting fine. Constipated often-worry?

OK unless recurring: Even if it is blood, a small amount, one event would not be anything to worry about. It could be due to the thermometer causing some mild trauma or constipation. It could also not even be blood. I would have it checked if it is recurring or if there is a larger amount of blood. ...Read more

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I have mucus rectal discharge, slightly gel-like, ranges from pale yellow to bright green. I don't have STIs and colonoscopy was normal.

I have mucus rectal discharge, slightly gel-like, ranges from pale yellow to bright green. I don't have STIs and colonoscopy was normal.

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, anal-rectal dysfunction, infection, & even secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more