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- Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:49 pm
I'm 23 years old, male. I am generally in very good health, and have only been on antibiotics once in the last four years or so.
For a while now I've had periods of time when I've regularly found blood in my bowel movements, from slight traces to fairly considerable amounts. More rarely but usually around the same time I have also noticed a mucus that has a slippery texture and a strange smell similar to semen, that seems to bubble out a bit. When this happens my bowel movements are often in smaller more frequent amounts. Sometimes I also experience a low level of rectal discomfort during the days, that feels low in my body, and sometimes a bit in my intenstinal area.
I am a concerned about this, and I want to know if it's something that might be easily treatable, or if it is something I should have examined immediately...? What could be causing it? What is my best course of action?
| Dr. Chan Lowe
- Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:51 pm
There are many causes of blood in the stool, as well as mucous. In particular, the inflammatory bowel diseases can present around your age. Other possible causes include food allergies, viral or bacterial infection, polyps, and rectal fissures.
I would recommend that you be evaluated by your doctor. You may need an endoscopy to look at the bowel mucosa and do some biopsies. Also, they can test for infections, etc.
Hope this helps.