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Hard stools caused damage to my anus. How to heal it?

Hard stools caused damage to my anus. How to heal it?

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Published At November 27, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I did not feel the urge to pass stool for two days. Yesterday morning (day 3), I had the urge to pass stool, but I was not able to as I guess my stool had become too hard. In a state of panic, instead of taking a stool softener, etc., I pushed way too hard for way too long. As a result of which I was able to pass stool, but unfortunately ended up causing damage to my anus. I was in pain all day long. I had difficulty in sitting and had to spend most of the day lying down.

In the evening, I again had the urge to pass stool. This time I was able to pass stool easily without any hard pushing. The same thing happened today morning. As evident, I no longer have difficulty in passing stool, but due to hard pushing yesterday morning, I seem to have caused some damage to my anus. It is a bit better now than it was yesterday morning, but I am still experiencing a lot of pain and also have trouble sitting.

Could this be anal fissure or inflammation or something else? What sort of ointment or cream can I apply to heal my anus quickly? What can I do to ease the pain?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is probably not a fissure, but just an erosion. It may lead to fissure if such repeated traumas are occurring. For fast healing, the important thing is that there should not be re-trauma. So, use regular stool softener like Lactulose 15 mL to 30 mL bedtime till wound heals. Secondly, do not apply too much pressure for stool. Thirdly, you use lignocaine jelly to the local site thrice a day. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a high-fiber diet. Avoid junk food.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Can I use Candid B or Lignocaine? Do I need to take a stool softener as I can pass stool without too much difficulty? Finally, does lactulose have any significant side effects? I am going to travel abroad for a few days from tomorrow and want to avoid further complication.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Lignocaine is the best to apply. Candid-B (combination of Clotrimazole and Betamethasone) is an antifungal and so; it will not help. Lactulose may cause loose stool, and you can avoid it. But, make sure your stool is soft.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode


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