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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Anal Mucous Discharge

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced anal mucous discharge. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that affects more 50% of the population, typically after the age of 30. Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus that can bleed or clot.

    Chronic and can worsen with time. But, 90% of people are successfully managed with non-surgical treatments.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, pain when passing stools, anal itching
    Symptoms that never occur with hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Anal Fissure

    Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

    Conservative treatment leads to 50% healing rate. More aggressive treatments are needed for those with chronic anal fissures.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with anal fissure:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Genital Warts

    Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is caused by infection by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). While it cannot be cured, treatment may help.

    Infection with HPV cannot be cured, but the warts themselves can be removed surgically or sometimes resolve themselves in a matter of weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    small groin lump, skin-colored groin bump, marble sized groin lump, painless groin lump, scaly groin bump
    Symptoms that always occur with genital warts:
    scaly groin bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a condition that causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloody bowel movements. These symptoms occur because the large intestine (colon) has become inflamed and acquired sores, known as “ulcers.”

    Chronic

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, general abdominal pain, fever, back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.New Onset Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease is a disorder caused by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. The damaging inflammation causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition.

    Not expected to reduce life expectancy

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Anal Cancer

    Anal cancer is a highly (75%-90%) curable cancer of the opening of the anus.

    Varies by severity of tumor

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), stool changes, constipation, diarrhea, pain when passing stools
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Side - Effect(s) of Radiation Therapy to the Pelvis

    Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer and more than half of cancer patients will undergo a form of this treatment. The radiation attacks cell DNA in order to prevent the cells from growing more and kills them.

    In many cases, symptoms resolve on their own at the end of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, urinary changes, constipation
    Symptoms that always occur with side-effect(s) of radiation therapy to the pelvis:
    currently undergoing radiation therapy to the pelvis
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Anal Mucous Discharge Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced anal mucous discharge have also experienced:

    • 8% Constipation
    • 8% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 6% Rectal Bleeding
  • People who have experienced anal mucous discharge were most often matched with:

    • 60% Genital Warts
    • 20% Hemorrhoids
    • 20% Anal Fissure
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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