Definition: It is a clear, sticky and odourless protective secretion produced by the lining or 'mucosa' of the colon which allows the stools to slide through the bowel more easily. When the lining to the bowel is irritated, more is produced and patients notice it on or separate from the stools. It is rarely, if ever a symptom of serious bowel disease in people who are otherwise well and have none of the three key symptoms.

Treatment: It can usually be safely ignored but if it is troublesome try changing your diet a little - perhaps eat more vegetable or fruit fibre and reduce your alcohol intake. However if it persists for more than 4 weeks particularly if you develop other symptoms, see your GP.

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