Digestive Disorders / Gastroenterology Expert Forum
Smelly mucus
About This Forum:

This is a place to ask questions about digestive problems and receive a personal answer from a highly qualified doctor. You will also find support from other members who share your interest in digestive disorders. Digestive Disorders include: Anal and Rectal problems, Barrett’s Esophagus, Bleeding in the Stomach and Digestive Tract, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Gastritis, GERD, Heartburn, Proctitis, Short Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, Whipple’s Disease, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome (and many more).

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Smelly mucus


  I have to go to the bathroom and expell a smelly mucus which has become increasingly frequent.  My bowel movements are well formed and there is no pain.  I'm exasperated and can't get a colonoscopy for a month.  Could this be due to a bacterial infection or something that could be more quickly diagnosed and treated?
Dear Cynthia,
Foul smelling stools and mucus can occur secondary to infectious diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease or malabsorption. Infections can be excluded with stool cultures. However, you do not report any diarrhea or weight loss. A rectal abscess or fistula may also produce foul smelling drainage. Up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome will complain of mucus in their stools. Sometimes dietary factors can play a role in the character, color and caliber of the stool. You may want to carefully analyze your diet to see if any particular foods seem to be aggravating your condition. Good luck with your colonoscopy.
This response is being provided for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Always check with your personal physician when you have a question pertaining to your health.
If you would like to be seen at our institution please call 1-800-653-6568, our Referring Physicians
Related Discussions
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
351246_tn?1379685732
Dr. Kokil MathurBlank
Consultant
,
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank