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Why is there bloody mucus in my stool after an enema? Should I be worried?

Why is there bloody mucus in my stool after an enema? Should I be worried?

Possibly: Blood tinged discharge can be related to trauma from the enema but it should be evaluated with direct visualization (ie. Colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy) to make sure it is not related to proctitis (inflammation) or a polyp or cancer. ...Read more

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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 it normal for a child to have mucus in stool after using an enema?

Is it normal for a child to have mucus in stool after using an enema?

Perhaps...: Enemas are almost never used in my pediatric practice, so the 1st concern is what triggered the need for an enema? I would never recommend an enema for your child unless specifically ordered by your pediatrician. The type of enema used may have caused the mucous--or perhaps this mucous was due to the irritant effect of whatever made the use of an enema necessary. If bloody, call your doctor now. ...Read more

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I took a fleet enema and an hour later i went to release my bowels and i saw i had mucus mixed in with my stool. Should be concerned?

I took a fleet enema and an hour later i went to release my bowels and  i saw i had mucus mixed in with my stool. Should be concerned?

Probably not: Mucus is normally produced by the colonic epithilial cells, so it is probably nothing to be concerned about. What is more concerning is that you were able to hold the enema for an hour before evacuating. Most people can only hold the enema a few minutes. ...Read more

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Terrible constipation for quite some time. Can't go unless use mag citrate or enemas. Now have small black stool with mucus. Colonoscopy on wed?

Terrible  constipation for quite some time. Can't go unless use mag citrate or enemas. Now have small black stool with mucus. Colonoscopy on wed?

Right idea; see GI: You could have Constipation predominant IBS or an inflammatory problem of the bowel causing possible blood and/or mucus to appear. Let a Gastroenterologist (GI) interview you and assess your risk factors. It sound like a Colonoscopy is a good idea, but that test should be done once it is clear what diagnoses you are trying to rule out (especially at your young age). Good luck. ...Read more

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Bloody mucus on outside of stool, duration one day. Have been under stress and not drinking as much water as usual. Shld i be worried about cancer?

Bloody mucus on outside of stool,  duration one day. Have been under stress and not drinking as much water as usual. Shld i be worried about cancer?

Not cancer: But it is a concern that you should make an appointment and have checked as soon as you can. It could be a fissure or something else but needs diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I started taking cephalexin antibiotic four days ago. I started having red bloody mucus in my stool. I have mild abdominal cramps. What do I do?

I started taking cephalexin antibiotic four days ago. I started having red bloody mucus in my stool. I have mild abdominal cramps. What do I do?

See your MD: Your condition needs medical attention. It could be related to the antibiotics (or not). You need stool studies including stool c. Difficile toxin, for a possibe antibiotic associated colitis. ...Read more

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Had diarrhea in punta cana, now haven't had a bm without the help of miralax/senna tablets. Mucus in my stool as well. Worried i could have parasites.

Had diarrhea in punta cana, now haven't had a bm without the help of miralax/senna tablets. Mucus in my stool as well. Worried i could have parasites.

Do a stool test: Usually parasites continue to give diarrhea until treated. They do should not cause constipation. However, you can have your md send a stool sample. Post infectious constipation can occur when the bowels are sluggish after a bout of infection and they do return to normal over time. ...Read more

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There's a thick mucus when I wipe after passing stool, should I be concerned? no pain or discomfort when passing and stool isn't bloody or black.

Doubtful: If it is just some mucus this could be stool related. Provided you claim no blood, blackness or pain, I would follow up with your doctor if there is more concern. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have blood in the water after you have a home water only enema? I still have bloody mucus still after everything was emptied

What does it mean if you have blood in the water after you have a home water only enema? I still have bloody mucus still after everything was emptied

See MD: Could be from hemorrhoid, or perhaps inflammation in the bowel. Sometimes enemas can cause traumatic injury to the bowel. Why do you need an enema in the first place? ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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