If you’re like most people, you become alarmed at the sight of blood in the stool. Sometimes it can be a cause for alarm and other times not. Having blood in the stool may occur due to various reasons. The occurrence of blood and mucus together in stools, may be an indication of a digestive tract disease and should be taken seriously.
Mucus and blood may occur due to an infection of the intestine or an infection in any part of the digestive tract. The blood may be a red color, in which case it is mostly indicative of an infection of the intestine.
If the blood mucus appears black, then you may have an infection of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The balck color is due to the hemoglobin being oxidized, which only happens when the blood originates from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Severe diarrhea is a common cause of mucus and blood in stool. In serious cases there can be passage of blood and mucus in stool. It is especially true in cases of diarrhea caused by parasitic infections of the intestine, or due to severe infections of the gastrointestinal tract. Most people also show other symptoms, like dehydration, weakness, nausea, and severe irritability.
Intestinal Parasitic infections often affect the large intestine and is contracted when someone eats or drinks contaminated food or water. In this disease, the amoeba parasites attach themselves to the large intestine and cause serious symptoms like bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and fever.
Ulcerative colitis is a condition where there is inflammation of the lining of the colon. It is not known what causes this condition, but look for accompanying symptoms of diarrhea, bloody stools, abdominal pain, fatigue, irritability, and loss of appetite.
Cholera, which is a waterborne bacterial infection of the intestine, can lead to mucus and blood in stools, and other large intestine problems. Other symptoms include abdominal cramping, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, depression, and irritability.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is an inflammation of the intestinal lining, which leads to symptoms of blood and mucus in stools. Crohn’s disease may also lead to blood and mucus in stools. In both these diseases, there is nausea, and severe abdominal cramping.
It is always wise to consult with your doctor if you are having any signs of mucus or blood in your stool.