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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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I have white stringy mucus in my poop what is wrong with me?

I have white stringy mucus in my poop what is wrong with me?

IBS...: Passage of ano-rectal mucous in the absence of other symptoms, is usually a benign symptom seen in patients with ibs (irritable bowel syndrome). If you are having severe diarrhea, anorectal pain or blood in the stools you should see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

Thick white stringy mucus, in throat, difficult to expell

See Your M.D.: There's some over-the-counter decongestants but you rather see your doctor especially if you present an elevation in body temperature that is not within normal limits. ...Read more

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White stringy mucus for 1yr with persistent cough from deep in chest. Very tired. & weak. What could this be?

White stringy mucus for 1yr with persistent cough from deep in chest. Very tired. & weak. What could this be?

Exam: A year is too long and this requires examination, xrays and pulnomary function studues. Never ignore a cough for more than 3 weeks! make your appointment now! ...Read more

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White stringy mucus in stool have gallstones also have fibromyalgia?

White stringy mucus in stool have gallstones also have fibromyalgia?

No association...: There is no association between white stringy mucous in the stools and gallstones or fibromyalgia. The lining of the rectum and colon contains goblet cells that secret mucous providing lubrication to the digestive tract. The presence of mucous in the stool is not pathologic, rather associated with some conditions like ibs (irritable bowel syndrome). ...Read more

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Bowel Movement covered in a lot of white stringy mucus. Is this because of ibs or could it be something else. all stools were covered.

Bowel Movement covered in a lot of white stringy mucus. Is this because of ibs or could it be something else. 
all stools were covered.

GI Consult: Changes in mucous can be quite normal but you should visit your physician for a full exam and referral to a GI specialist who can take a careful history and do an exam. Based on your history and exam your GI doctor may want to do additional tests such as a stool culture for ova and parasites if necessary or look with a camera to assess you for any inflammatory bowel disease or colitis. Good luck. ...Read more

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7 weeks pregnant & with normal bowel movements (1/day), sometimes with cramping. Noticed white stringy mucus in stool for past 7 days.Normal or worms?

7 weeks pregnant & with normal bowel movements (1/day), sometimes with cramping. Noticed white stringy mucus in stool for past 7 days.Normal or worms?

Hmmm: Unlikely worms unless you live in a tropical area where worm infection is high. Most likely this is temporary. A stool study may be helpful if persists. ...Read more

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What causes white stringy like mucus in my bowel movements?

What causes white stringy like mucus in my  bowel movements?

Many possibilities: From infectious colitis to inflammatory bowel disease to certain types of tumors, all can produce this in your stools. The only way to find out what is doing this is to see a doctor, preferably a gastroenterologist and provide a full history and undergo a detailed physical and laboratory exam and possibly some procedures. ...Read more

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My fecal matter has a white stringy like mucus on it sometimes its a lot and other times not a lot it burns when i defecate.. What is this yeast?

Mucous: Goblet cells line the colon and rectum secreting mucous that provides protection and lubrication. The white stringy substance in the stool is likely mucous, not yeast or a parasite. It should be of no concern. Any burning symptoms might be from a hemorrhoid. See your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 16 weeks preg. Fora few days I've had a thick white mucus stringy discharge. Should i worry?

I'm 16 weeks preg. Fora few days I've had a thick white mucus stringy discharge. Should i worry?

Yeast infection?: Cannot diagnose on the internet without an exam and looking at the discharge. Might be helpful to have your obstetrician look at this. Not likely to be harmful to your baby, and hope you have a great one. ...Read more

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Wake up every morning with thick stringy white mucus, partial stuffy nose. Difficult to swallow. On antihistamines and take nasal spray?

Wake up every morning with thick stringy white mucus, partial stuffy nose. Difficult to swallow. On antihistamines and take nasal spray?

Indoor allergy?: Frequently indoor allergies manifest as night time or morning symptoms of congestion, nasal discharge and post nasal drip. While medications are helpful (antihistamines and nasal sprays), allergy testing (for dust mite, mold, feathers, etc) to identify if there is a specific trigger could lead to avoidance measures resulting in improvement with less medications! ...Read more

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Mucus is very thick stringy like glue from trach?

Mucus is very thick stringy like glue from trach?

Dehydration: People who have trach are always at increased risk of infection and chronic inflammation. If there are other signs of infections (fever, lethargy, altered level of consciousness) seek immediate medical attention. But while you are waiting try increasing the fluid intake of your child. At age 2 they may not be able to adequately express thirst. ...Read more

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Stringy mucus semen, what are the causes?

Stringy mucus semen, what are the causes?

Normal: After ejaculation, semen is tapioca-like and clumpy. It then liquifies over a 1 hour period and becomes stringy like molasses. Stringiness, to some degree, is normal. ...Read more

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What is the cause of stringy mucus semen in a man?

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What is the cause of stringy mucus semen in a man?

Here are some...: The features of semen among men widely vary and even change from time to time during lifetime; these usually carry no clinical significance/importance as long as being comfortable, but reflecting personal unique biological make-up. Remember we are not born equal. More? Peruse articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. ...Read more

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When you ovulate can I even get the tiniest bit of stringy mucus even if it's tiny is it still ovulation mucus ?

When you ovulate can I even get the tiniest bit of stringy mucus even if it's tiny is it still ovulation mucus ?

It is possible : There are over-the-counter tests you can buy to check your urine for ovulation or LH surge. Are you trying to get pregnant? Or trying to avoid pregnancy? ...Read more

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How do you know if cervical mucus is thin and stringy?

Self exam: You can insert one or two fingers inside the vagina and feel the cervix. The fingers will be a bit moist - if the moisture is watery and spins a thin thread between the fingers, then the mucous is thin and stringy. That indicates that ovulation is near. ...Read more

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I am 15 days late and took preg test on May 1- turned out neg so just started on day 16 light mucus like light bleeding and some stringy like?

Period late: If your periods have been regular up to now, depending on your age, ovulation may be delayed, and the onset of your period also will then be delayed. Stress from any source can cause delays in ovulation. To be certain about pregnancy, obtain a serum HCG test in another week. ...Read more

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My stool is very stringy and full of mucus?

My stool is very stringy and full of mucus?

May be colitis: This could be do to colitis or irritable bowel syndrome. You should see your doctor who might recommend stool testing and a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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