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Don’t judge your mucus by its color

June 22, 2020

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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February 16, 2016

Can you elaborate on why mucus comes out of anus. I go to toilet in the morning. Its a good mtion. Then when I go for a walk along with gas some mucus/ water comes. Even during day some mucus comes with gas. What can be reason? Doctor has suggested Colono scopy.

February 15, 2016

Of all of these newsletters, the following is my favorite quote: “Mucus is underappreciated.” I’m going to try to use it once per day this week. Stay healthy.

February 15, 2016

RE Sex & UTIs: going from several years of almost 1:1 correspondence between vaginal intercourse followed by UTI, I established a habit of carefully cleaning the vaginal area with a baby wipe, continuing back to include the anal area before bed or in anticipation of sex. It’s been months (perhaps as long as a year) since I had an infection. I concluded that just as is true with other parts of my body, new wrinkles were making little hiding places for fecal bacteria, and that extra care for me, and a quick wipe for my husband might be helpful. And so it is.

February 9, 2016

why I thought you should be the next Chief SMART !!!!! 🙂

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