No one ever fathoms the idea of looking at their poop.
However, it is recommendable that you check your excrete once in a while for health reasons. Mucus is a common component of bowel movements and small amounts are usually found in stool- but blood is not. So, whether you voluntarily, or involuntarily, notice any bloody mucus in your feces it should worry you.
Nevertheless, having blood in your stool could mean a serious infection and you should see your doctor immediately. On the other hand, if you are just recovering from diarrhea, then you have no reason to panic. Here are some of the tips, causes and what you should do when you notice a considerate amount of bloody mucus in your feces.
Possible Causes of Bloody Mucus in Stool
Since the digestive tract has no open blood vessels, it is conclusive that any blood in feces may be because of a bleeding in the tract. Sometimes the blood can be so insignificant that it only takes an occult test to prove. Bleeding that occurs in initial parts of the digestive tract (such as the stomach or the small intestines) may make stood turn blackish and tarry.
Inflammation of the colon (Colitis)
An infection of the colon is likely to cause bleeding with the slightest friction. Chronic colitis can be very dangerous and requires immediate medical intervention.
This is a major cause of bloody mucus in stool. They are open wounds on the stomach lining or the duodenum. Usually, this condition is caused by bacteria (H. pylori) but high doses of certain anti inflammatory drugs could cause ulcers.
This is bacterial infection that causes diarrhea that contains significant amounts of mucus and blood. Other symptoms include vomiting and cramps.
Other causes of bloody mucus in stools could be: problems in the oesophogus (varicose veins), anal fissure, disease of the diverticula (diverticulitis) or any type of bowel cancer (polyps).
Generally, condition in the digestive tract that causes bleeding will reflect as bloody mucus.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Irregular traces of blood in your stools should not worry you. However if you have regular traces of blood and mucus for more than five bowel movements then you might want to inform your doctor. Give your doctor as much information as possible so that they could easily deduce what kind of bowel malfunction you have. Depending with the diagnosis, your doctor will begin treatment.
Sometimes when you excrete very hard pieces of stool it can cause so much pain and piercings on your anal lining. Ensure you drink enough water between meals and do not take long before going for a long nature call!