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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

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Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Does a little bit of bloody mucus mean rectal or colon cancer?

Blood needs check-up: Bleeding from the GI tract (whether identified via mouth or rectum, whether visible in stool or found on fecal occult blood test) is never normal. Even "a little bit" of bleeding deserves evaluation to identify source. For most patients, however bleeding as you describe does not mean cancer, but rather inflammation, broken blood vessels, diverticulosis, infection, ischemia, fissures, hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I read about mucus associated with colon and or rectal cancers. Does this mucus exit the rectom or is it inside only, does it cause rectal itching?

I read about mucus associated with colon and or rectal cancers. Does this mucus exit the rectom or is it inside only, does it cause rectal itching?

Mucous is normal: There are glands in the rectal area that lubricate the anal canal when you pass stool. This is normal. Because colon and rectal cancers can arise from the cells that make mucin (which is the protein in mucous), colon cancers sometimes also produce mucin. Rectal itching can be from a number of causes, cancer is not the most common cause of anal itching. ...Read more

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I'm a 17 yr old male and had my appendix removed 6 months ago. Ever since I've had rectal pain and clear mucus in stool. I'm not sure what it could be?

I'm a 17 yr old male and had my appendix removed 6 months ago. Ever since I've had rectal pain and clear mucus in stool. I'm not sure what it could be?

See your surgeon: You need to see your surgeon who will evaluate your symptoms, will confirm if you are seeing mucus vs, for example, pus and will make sure there are no post operative complications from the procedure, such as an abscess. Please see your surgeon, or any surgeon available to you. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have clear mucus coming from my rectal, just like the cervical mucus. Especially if I finished a bm. No other bothersome symptoms. Normal?

Sometimes I have clear mucus coming from my rectal, just like the cervical mucus. Especially if I finished a bm. No other bothersome symptoms. 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, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum, among others. ...Read more

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My 2 yo had a small amount of bright red mucus in stool. It's only a dot or two strictly in the mucus. He has a cold, i've been taking rectals. Worry?

My 2 yo had a small amount of bright red mucus in stool. It's only a dot or two strictly in the mucus. He has a cold, i've been taking rectals. Worry?

Not too concerning: There are several causes of bright red color in the stool. He may have a small irritation of the anus due to hard stools, more frequent stools, or the rectal temperature assessments. Apply a small amount of vaseline or a;d ointment to help the area heal. Bright red food colors can also show up in the stool (gatorade, koolaid), so you may want to avoid those for now. If it worsens, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Mucus w/ little red on thermometer after take 2 yo rectal.Found tiny piece glass in stool 4d ago, related? Don't know where glass from. No other blood

Mucus w/ little red on thermometer after take 2 yo rectal.Found tiny piece glass in stool 4d ago, related? Don't know where glass from. No other blood

Get Checked: I agree with the other answer completely. It can be normal for children to eat non-food items (a behavior called pica). But eating glass can be dangerous. And as was mentioned, checking temperature indicates some other concern. Though likely nothing serious, it's best to have a pediatrician evaluate your child. ...Read more

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Does divercolitis cause abdoman pain , difficulty releasing stool , mucus in stool,back pain and rectal pain that last for 30 min after bathroom?

Does divercolitis cause abdoman pain , difficulty releasing stool , mucus in stool,back pain and rectal pain that last for 30 min after bathroom?

Possibly: Altthough uncommon in the young it is on the list of possibilities however rectal pain is less likely. A complete history and exam will likely bring out hemorrhoids, fissures and the need for other testing. Good luck ...Read more

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Uc. Starting to bleed wid mucus bt its b4 i pas stools on its own or on the edge of my 1st few then i pass nrmal stools. Does it mean rectal ulcers?

Mucusy discharge is : Not uncommon with uc.Its the diseased inner lining of rectum and colon which sloughs off and gets excreted.I see you are on Prednisone along with asacol (mesalamine).If you start having increase bloody discharge, fevers, abdominal pain and diarrhes in excess of 8-10 bm then thats a concern.Your symptomsdont sound like a flare up esp. If you r passing normal stools. Its not usually ulcers but worsening inflamma. ...Read more

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2 yo constipated. Gave suppository. No stool. 20 min later took rectal temp. Felt warm. Had to take temp many x. Therm not working. As i was doing this brown mucus w/dot blood came out. Suppository?

2 yo constipated. Gave suppository. No stool. 20 min later took rectal temp. Felt  warm. Had to take temp many x. Therm not working. As i was doing this brown mucus w/dot blood came out. Suppository?

CONSTIPATION:: Give otc polyethylene glycol(miralax) 1-2 teaspoonful in 8-10 ounces of juice or gatorade twice daily until he gets diarrhea, then once daily. No more suppository because it is causing irritation, bleeding and pain. Give extra fluid, avoid greasy/fatty food. If not better, see the pediatrician, might need manual removal and laxative med. ...Read more

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My daughter has a rectal lump and lower back pain. She also had a small amount of blood on tissue and small amount of mucus. ?

My daughter has a rectal lump and lower back pain.  She also had a small amount of blood on tissue and small amount of mucus. ?

Probably an: External hemorrhoid that thrombosed or clotted and now has ulcerated and as the clot dissolves, old blood is released. Could also be an abscess or fistula. If in doubt see your regular doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more