Mucus in stool could be a sign of Hemorrhoids.
Mucus in stool
Mucus in stool could be one of the first signs of hemorrhoids.
The typical symptoms of hemorrhoids could include one or more of the following:
- pain or tenderness before, during or after bowel movements.
- painful swelling or a lump at the anus.
- anal itching .
- mucous anal discharge.
- light red anal bleeding that may streak the bowel movement or the toilet paper.
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum. The hemorrhoidal veins are sited in the lowest area of the rectum and the anus. Sometimes they swell, so that the vein walls become stretched, slim, and irritated by passing bowel movements. When these veins bleed, itch, or hurt, they are known as hemorrhoids, or piles. Hemorrhoids are divided in two general categories: internal and external.
Approximately half of the population in the USA will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in life. Although hemorrhoids occur in almost everyone, they become large and cause problems in only 4 percent of the general population.
Before you take any further steps you should gather more information about the causes, diagnostic procedure, treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids.