Mucus in stool occurs when the intestines are inflamed and it tends to occur together with constipation or diarrhea. Mucus is of white color and it usually appears because of certain accumulated bacteria, or due to hypersensitivity to certain food products. Those people who are hypersensitive respond atypically to the certain foods. One should know that small amounts of mucus in stool is not very serious condition, because stool normally has a small amount of mucus, which is necessary for moistening and lubricating the lining of the colon. However, it is recommended to visit a doctor if an increased amount of mucus frequently appears in stool and if it is accompanied by a change in bowel habits or bleeding.
Causes of mucus in stool
The causes for the occurrence of mucus in stool may be diseases caused by bacteria and parasites. Usually, when this happens, mucus in the stool, as well as lower abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and exigency occur. In some cases, blood in stools may be noticed as well. Illnesses caused by parasites and bacteria are another major source for mucus in stool, and these are very regularly seen in conjunction with cramps in the lower abdomen, diarrhea, exigency and perhaps blood seen in stools.
Diverticulitis, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease usually occur with diarrhea. Furthermore, bleeding in the rectum, which is associated to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may also happen. Diverticulitis is a condition which occurs when sacs appear inside the walls of colon, which happens because of low-fiber diet. Ulcerative colitis is a condition when ulcers occur inside the walls of the colon and rectum. When burning kills the cells on the walls of the colon, ulcers form at these spots. The most common symptoms are weight loss, anemia, tiredness, abdomen pain and diarrhea, sores on the skin and pain in the joints. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease of the little bowel. The most frequent symptoms of this disease are diarrhea, difficulty to live among children and great tiredness. Crohn’s disease is the inflammation of the digestive tract and it can affect any area from the mouth up to the anus. The symptoms of this disorder are extreme pain and diarrhea.
Natural remedy for mucus in stool
If these conditions are not present, or precisely, if a person does not suffer from any of the above mentioned medical conditions, there are several ways how that person may heal mucus in stool. First of all, drinking as much water as possible is necessary. Furthermore, using of herbal demulcents, as well as the foods which make a soothing coating that calms intestinal inner layers are highly recommended. Marshmallow and Slippery elm are two herbs that are very effective in treating mucus in stool. Moreover, flaxseed tea is also very powerful demulcent.