Mucus in stool may be caused by digestive tract conditions including Anal fissures (tears or cracks) or fistulas (abnormal holes or tubes between organs or tissues) Bacterial gastrointestinal infection, such as Salmonella food poisoning, Campylobacter infection, or traveler’s diarrhea. Cancer of the digestive tract.
Mucus is a slimy, slippery substance produced by the body’s mucous membranes including that of the intestines. The function of mucus is mainly to lubricate and protect against bacteria. Mucus is composed of mucin, water, and leukocytes. The presence of a small quantity of mucus in the stool is normal. But when a person passes a large amount of mucus in the stool, then it needs to be investigated. Mucus in the stool may be transparent, white, yellow, bloody, or green in color. Homeopathic medicines for mucus in stool help clear out the main causative factor.
Causes of Mucus in Stool
The causes of mucus in the stool are Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Dysentery, Bacterial and Parasitic infections. The symptoms that may accompany mucus in the stool are abdominal cramps, bleeding from the rectum, bloated abdomen, diarrhea, or constipation. These symptoms occur depending on the reason behind the mucus in the stool.
What causes mucus in stool?
The digestive tract normally produces some mucus to help digested food and waste slide through it. Abnormal amounts of mucus in the stool may be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from inflammation and infection to obstruction and cancer.
Mucus in the stool may be caused by digestive tract conditions including:
- Anal fissures (tears or cracks) or fistulas (abnormal holes or tubes between organs or tissues)\
- Bacterial gastrointestinal infection, such as Salmonella food poisoning, Campylobacter infection, or traveler’s diarrhea
- Cancer of the digestive tract
- Celiac disease (severe sensitivity to gluten from wheat and other grains that causes intestinal damage)
- Diverticulitis (inflammation of an abnormal pocket in the colon)
- Food allergies (allergic reaction to certain foods)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS; digestive discomfort that does not cause intestinal damage or serious disease)
- Lactose intolerance (an inability to digest lactose, the sugar in dairy products)
- Parasite infections such as Giardia infection
- Rectal ulcers
- Viral gastroenteritis (viral infection of the digestive tract, also called stomach flu or intestinal flu)
- Bowel obstruction
- Colonic volvulus (twisting of the colon)
- Intussusception (telescoping of the intestines into themselves, which can reduce blood supply, cause obstruction, and tissue death)
Symptoms of Mucus in stool
Mucus in stool may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.
Mucus in the stool may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Abdominal swelling, distension, or bloating
- Abnormally foul-smelling stools
- Bloody stool (the blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
- Changes in stool color or consistency
- Fecal incontinence (inability to control stools)
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Painful bowel movements
- Urgent need to pass stool
Other symptoms that may occur along with mucus in stool
Mucus in the stool may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:
- Body aches
- General ill feeling
- Bloody stool (the blood may be red, black or tarry in texture)
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
- High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Not producing any urine or an infant who does not produce the usual amount of wet diapers
- Pus in the stool
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- The rigidity of the abdomen
- Severe abdominal, rectal or anal pain
- Vomiting blood or rectal bleeding
Once your doctor has made a diagnosis, they will prescribe treatment. Lifestyle changes may resolve the issue for some. Suggestions may include:
- Increase your fluid intake.
- Eat foods rich in probiotics or supplements that contain probiotics, such as Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus.
- Consume anti-inflammatory foods, such as low-acid and nonspicy foods.
- Get a healthy balance of fiber, carbohydrates, and fat in your diet.
Prescription medications and ongoing treatment may be necessary for people with chronic conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
A combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and possible surgical procedures may help relieve conditions such as anal fissures and fistulas.
Homeopathic Medicines for Mucus in Stool
Homeopathy treatment for mucus in stool is a highly effective and safe way to address the problem. The selection of the homeopathy medicine for mucus in stool is made after noting the character of mucus and other symptoms like diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal cramps. These medicines work wonderfully in treating mucus in stool and its related symptoms. The best remedies used in the homeopathy treatment for mucus in the stool are Aloe Socotrina, Merc Sol, Colchicum, Argentum Nitricum, Podophyllum, and Nux Vomica.
1. Aloe Socotrina – For Mucus in Stool with Diarrhea
Aloe Socotrina is an excellent medicine for mucus in stool. It works well in cases where diarrhea is accompanied by mucus in stool. The stool passed is watery and has a large quantity of mucus in it. There is a constant bearing down sensation in the rectum. Rumbling and gurgling in the rectum is also felt. There is an urge to pass stool immediately after eating or drinking. An urgency to pass stool is also a symptom. Along with this, the abdomen feels bloated and heavy.
2. Merc Sol – For Mucus and Blood in Stool
Merc Sol offers great help in cases where in addition to mucus, there is the passage of blood in the stool. It is accompanied by severe pain in the abdomen. There is a constant and recurrent urge to pass stool. The stool is scanty and may have an offensive or sour smell. Chilliness and weakness are also present. Other accompanying symptoms are severe pain and a burning sensation in the anus. Flatulent bloating of the abdomen may also occur.
3. Colchicum – For Transparent Jelly Like Mucus in Stool
Colchicum is great medicine for clear jelly-like mucus in the stool. In such cases, the stool is changeable in character. It may be green, yellow, or red in color; and is scanty or watery. Agonizing pain in the rectum remains for a long time after the passing of stool. Another characteristic feature is a severe pain in the abdomen which may be relieved by bending over. Intense nausea is also a symptom.
4. Argentum Nitricum and Gambogia – For Green Mucus in Stool
Argentum Nitricum and Gambogia both are good treatments for mucus in stool. The symptoms of using Argentum Nitricum are green mucus in stool, the urge to pass a stool after eating or drinking, highly offensive stool, excessive flatulence, and a distended and colicky abdomen from flatulence. The characteristic features of using Gambogia are dark green mucus in stool, gushing diarrhea, forcible ejection of stool, and a gurgling or rumbling in the abdomen.
5. Podophyllum – For Yellow Mucus in Stool
Podophyllum is a good choice of medicine for mucus in the stool. The stool is yellowish or green in color and is highly offensive. The stool is pushed out with force and is gushing in nature. Passing of the stool is usually painless. Prolapse of the rectum before or with stool is also a symptom indicating the use of this natural remedy. The anus may be swollen and sore, and there may be a burning sensation present in the anus.
6. Nux Vomica – For Mucus in Stool with Marked Tenesmus
Nux Vomica is a high-grade medicine for mucus in stool. It works well in cases where there is a constant and recurrent desire to pass stool. The urge to pass stool is continual and ineffectual. The stool, passed with mucus, is scanty and unsatisfactory. There is a pain in the abdomen that is relieved for a short while after passing stool. Nausea, vomiting, and acidity are the other symptoms that may arise.