Mucus is sticky and slippery secretion produced by mucus membrane present anywhere in the body. A small amount of mucus is naturally formed in the intestine to keep it lubricated and help the stool to move easily through the intestinal passage. Together with stool you will always find small amount of sticky material, it is mucus.
However, sometimes excess of mucus is expelled in the stool and this may indicate an inflammation of mucus membrane due to an underlying gastrointestinal disorder. Expulsion of excess mucus in stool is a symptom of various GI disorders such as food allergies, amoebic colitis, IBS, dysentery and diarrhea etc.
Normally mucus is colorless and sticky. Yellowish and orange, or green or dark red stained mucus is not normal and it may indicate an underlying digestive disorder. If you detect orange or red colored mucus in stool, you should always consult your physician to find the reason.
Various Causes Of Orange Mucus In Stool
Yellow or orange colored jelly like mucus in stool can occur due to various reasons such as:
- Dietary change: The color of your stool may change if you have consumed excessive amount of food with orange color. For example if you have eaten too many orange carrots, you may notice a change in your stool color as well as small amount of mucus adhered to it. Food containing orange dye may also precipitate change of color in your stool.
- Medications: Dyes are used to color tablets and capsules to enhance their aesthetic appearance. Consuming medicines containing orange dyes may cause change of stool color to orange or yellow.
- Bacterial infection: Expulsion of mucus in stool is one of the most common symptoms of bacterial infection. Certain bacteria like salmonella, shigella, and campylobacter can cause inflammation in the mucus lining of the intestine. Inflammatory changes result in excess of mucus production which ultimately is expelled out with stool. There is small amount of bleeding from the intestine caused by these bacteria which may mix up with the mucus and thus color of mucus in stool becomes yellowish orange.
- Irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis are two chronic intestinal disorders in which there is excess expulsion of mucus. It is often visible with each bowel movement. In ulcerative colitis the internal lining of intestine is inflamed and has tiny ulcer its inner wall. The ulcers often bleed and produce excess of mucus and pus which may pass in the stool changing its color to orange or red.
How Do You Treat Orange Mucus In Stool?
Orange colored mucus present in stool is not a disease but it is one of the symptoms of underlying digestive disorder. Once the gastrointestinal problem is resolved, the orange color and excess of mucus in stool will alter to normal. It is imperative to consult your doctor if you find any change and excess of mucus in stool.
- Drink enough water as it will help to keep the internal lining of intestine moist as well as thin the mucus for its easy expulsion. When the mucus is thin, it entraps the bacteria and helps to expel them out from the intestine.
- In case of bacterial infection in the intestine the doctor may recommend antibiotics. It will help to kill the germs and reduce inflammation in the intestine.
- Talk to your doctor if you suspect medicines which you are taking is responsible for change of stool color.
- Eating food containing natural orange dye may alter the stool color. You may have to observe the stool and mucus color whenever you eat such food next time. If you notice such change after eating certain foods, you do not need any treatment.
- Certain herbal remedies are valuable to treat infections in intestine. The root of bayberry is time tested natural remedy to reduce inflammation and excess mucus production in the intestine.
- Cinnamon is another home remedy to reduce inflammation of intestinal mucus membrane.