How To Deal With Mucus In Bowel Movements
Abnormal bowel movements can be a cause for concern, but knowing how to deal with mucus in bowel movements can give you a better idea of when it might be necessary to call a doctor. In most cases, mucus in bowel movements is nothing to worry about.
Causes of mucus in the stool can include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's syndrome
- Intestinal blockage
You should follow several steps to ensure the mucus is not due to a serious medical problem.
- Account for preexisting conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, as well as hemorrhoids, are existing conditions that you will probably already be aware of. If you know these conditions exist, then mucus in the bowel movements is probably not a problem unless the mucus is excessive or is an unusual color.
- Observe additional symptoms. Symptoms such as rectal itching, burning or other discomfort can indicate an anal fissure or an infection. Excessive, persistent abdominal pain and bloating could be an indication of a bowel obstruction. An accompanying fever could indicate a bacterial infection.
- Determine if there is blood in the stool. If blood is visible in addition to the mucus, a more serious underlying condition could be present. Consult your doctor right away.
- Consult with your doctor. If the mucus is obviously related to a preexisting condition and is not severe, a visit to your doctor might not be necessary. But if there are additional, troubling symptoms, the mucus is excessive, or you have other reasons to be concerned, the best course is to visit your doctor.