Some degree of bowel mucus is absolutely normal and even necessary to keep the lining of the intestines and colon lubricated and promotes smooth movement of stool masses down the digestive tract. It’s when clear mucus in stool becomes excessive, it can signal about more serious underlying causes.
Excessive bowel mucus is generally produced as a response to inflammation of the intestinal lining, gastrointestinal obstructions or food sensitivities. The most common culprits of food allergies are wheat, soy, dairy and nuts.
A lot of natural practitioners hold bacterial overgrowth responsible for clear mucus discharge that could be present in vaginal and bowel mucus. Stabilizing internal intestinal flora is the key to finding a cure for yeast infections. Limiting sugar and starches, taking a good quality probiotic supplement and eliminating all processed foods should be included in the treatment for bacterial overgrowth.
Additionally, bowel mucus could be present among symptoms of more serious medical conditions like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease and diverticulitis. Only your doctor is able to determine what could be causing your persistent bowel mucus after a series of gastrointestinal tests.
Black mucus is always an alarming symptom that should not be taken lightly. Report any black bowel mucus to your doctor’s attention as it can signal traces of blood, infection, digestive disorder, eating certain foods or as a side effect of some medications.
Watery vaginal discharge alone might not be a dangerous symptom but should still be monitored for possible changes in color, odor or appearance. If you additionally experience vaginal itching, burning or redness of your vaginal area, have your symptoms evaluated by an experienced gynecologist and prescribe treatment.