Mucus is a viscous slippery substance that consists of mucin, water, and inorganic salts, secreted by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. In the stomach and intestines it lubricates the passage of food and protects the stomach and intestinal lining.
When the mucus becomes heavy and discolored it is categorized as phlegm. Heavy mucus in the stomach is caused by infection, ulceration, and allergic reactions. Heavy mucus or phlegm can also be caused by infections in the nasal cavities that drain down into the stomach.
Heavy mucus can cause bad breath, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. When testing with the Heidelberg Diagnostic system if Heavy Mucus or phlegm is indicated, it is in virtually all cases an indication of infection, or ulceration. Gastroenteritis is a catch all term for many types of bacterial infections, like H. Pylori, Campylobacter, E. Coli, Staphylococcus, Candida, etc. When Heavy Mucus is diagnosed it is recommended that the patient be tested for bacterial infection or ulcers.
When testing for the various digestive disorders with the Heidelberg Diagnostic system a doctor can easily determine if there is heavy mucus in the stomach.