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What does mucus in the stools indicate?

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Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

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Posted on Wed, 12 Sep 2018 in Abdominal Pain
Question: is this mucus in stool is it abnormal zoom the pic
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Yes, this is mucus.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Yes, this is mucus indeed. Please note that mucus is constantly produced by intestinal cells.

So its presence does not have to be abnormal.

The colour of your stool indicates that you may have a problem with intestinal bacteria.

Probiotic intake should normalize it.

Do you have any symptoms like diarrhoea, abdominal pain, weight loss? If there are no such symptoms, your stool might be treated as a normal.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 minutes later
no symptom s I would have not noticed it if I had not taken the stool in hands is this a large amount of mucus
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:

This is not a large amount.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

No, this is not a large amount. Just a little of it. Please start probiotic intake, drink cleaner water and this should be not visible.

Large amount of mucus is when you pass mucus only (instead of normal stool).

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 16 minutes later
I noticed it because I took the stool and rubbed it in my hand this amount of mucus should also be not present in stools
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Every stool contains mucus.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

There is mucus in every piece of stool. You just do not see it. Its because every single cell of intestine produces mucus. It should not be visible in that amount in normal conditions.

That is the truth. The color, consistency and mucus of your stool seem to be due to infection or lack of intestinal bacteria. That is why I ask you to start probiotic intake.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 5 minutes later
you mean to say it should not be visible in this amount also it was visible because I rubbed the stool in my hand does it mean I have to check the stool Everytime by rubbing it previously sometimes I have this amount of mucus in stool because on directly seeing the stool mucus is not present
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 hours later
Brief Answer:

No you do not have to check every stool.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

No, please. You do not have to check every stool. You are too young for any serious gastrointestinal disease. All you need is to take probiotic.

Why is this mucus so disturbing? It does not indicate anything serious. Blood is what should be an indicator. So please again, start taking probiotic and leave the stool alone.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 10 minutes later
I was on oflox tz for throat infection, does I have tocheck stool only by seeing it not by touching it, because this mucus not be visible if I had not spread stool on hand, it disturbing because on internet I have read it is sign of colon cancer
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Do not spread stool on hand.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

You may just check it from time to time by seeing it. Nothing more. Oflox is the reason of such stool as it kills natural intestinal bacteria. That is why probiotic will help.

Colon cancer appears over the age of 50. At your age, it is almost impossible to have it. And bleeding is the most common symptom, not mucus.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 7 minutes later
are these stools ribbon like?
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 7 minutes later
Brief Answer:

No they are not.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

No, they are not.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Grzegorz Stanko, General Surgeon
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