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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

mucus can be in the bowels and around your stools for many many reasons.

it can be from constipation, bowel irritation from certain foods, gluten sensitivity, lactose or dairy sensitivity (which is different from allergy)

it can be very normal to have some yeast and candida in your bowels as good bacteria to help you break down foods to release nutrients for your body to absorb.

if you had a little mucus years ago, this would not be a sign of a current candida bowel overgrowth.

are you having problems with your bowels currently?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I see that you state you do not currently have symptoms, and you are wondering if candida overgrowth would give symptoms.

Yes it would.

In fact, an actual yeast infection in the bowels, esophagus, etc, would tend to give severe symptoms.

If you have no symptoms, there is not a concern.

You do need a colonoscopy, however, if you have not had them.

They are due for screening at 50,60 and 70.

If you have any new bowel symptoms at all, of any sort, then you need a colonoscopy as soon as you can.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

after age 75, if are you not having bowel symptoms, most likely you don't need to have a colonoscopy.

"Routine checks usually aren’t needed after age 75."

if you had a colonoscopy 5-10 years ago and it didn't show any problems and no polyps, you most likely don't need a colonoscopy now at your age.

a stool test to check for blood is a good screening test to check for problems in your colon.

you can talk to your doctor about breath hydrogen tests to check for small bowel bacterial overgrowth

but this is a rare condition and would also cause symptoms as well.

you don't have to worry about mucus many years ago

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