Hard Stools

Hard stools occur as a result of constipation. It occurs when there is a slow movement of food in the colon, and due to this, there is increased absorption of water in the colon. The other symptoms presenting with hard stools are abdominal pain, bleeding while passing stool, and straining to have a bowel movement. Hardening of stools can occur due to diet, medication, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), anxiety, toilet training anxiety, and pregnancy. Taking laxative medications, stool softeners, dietary changes, and more fluid intake with supplements help to treat it.

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Recently I started to notice some yellow mucus in my stool. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently I started to notice some yellow mucus in my stool. My stool comes out like a big piece, and some come out held together with the mucus. The rest is soft and contains no mucus. Is this concerning at all? Do I need to investigate further? I drink about three liters of water daily, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not uncommon to have a certain degree of change in stool consistency daily. It depends upon the diet you take. More vegetables and fruits make the stools softer; on the contrary, a high intake of meat and less fiber would make stools quantity small and hard. Th...  Read Full »

Is my 8 months old baby suffering from Hirschsprung's disease or severe constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gotten two different opinions from two pediatricians about my 8 months old boy. One says my boy has Hirschsprung's disease, and the other says it is just constipation. The first doctor did a rectal exam, yielding no explosive stools, and he wants my son to get a barium enema. The ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There seems to be a lot of confusion that has been created. See here are my valid points: A child with any chronic disease like HD (Hirschsprung's disease) will not be able to gain weight of 9.53 kg at just 8 months of age. HD is usually diagnosed quite soon after bi...  Read Full »

What is the reason for biloma, stomach pain and hard stools post gallbladder removal?

Query: Hello doctor, Before two months, I had my gallbladder removed. Two months after, I had a 9 mm stone lodged. However, this did not resolve the issue. One week ago, they found a biloma however, my surgeon does not think it is a issue though I am experiencing stomach pain and lake stools. His conclusi...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, your surgeon seems to be doing the right things. There are several other reasons to think the alternative diagnosis like peptic ulcer disease, biliary reflux, post cholecystectomy pain, or functional abdominal pain. The factors which predispose you to develop a...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old is experiencing constant belly ache. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, This query is about a 5-year-old girl with consistent belly pain above the belly button. It started a little over a month ago and she has vomited a few times throughout that time period. Her eating has diminished and she complains of pain after she eats. Her abdomen X-ray was done thr...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please give the child Muout powder (Polyethylene Glycol) (2 scoops) in 1 glass of water early morning on an empty stomach for 2 weeks, along with plenty of water throughout the day for 10 days. Reduce intake of bread and bread products, milk, chocolates, and chips a...  Read Full »

Is it harmful to insert a finger into the anus to remove stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from gastric problems most of the time. I have a problem in my rectum, so I use my finger to push down my stool to defecate and feel better, but now I feel flatulent whenever I do that. Please guide me if it is harmful to insert my finger into the anus and remove stools using...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Pushing your finger into the anal area for clearing stools suggests constipation. To prevent it,1)You will have to modify your diet by avoiding junk foods and consuming healthy food such as green leafy vegetables and fruits.2) I suggest taking tablet Acotiamide 100 mg, t...  Read Full »

I have been having abdominal pain for a month after passing hard stools. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having abdominal pain for a month since I passed a hard stool where I strained so much for almost an hour. There is some trapped air, and sometimes pain occurs suddenly on the lower right abdomen. I never had this kind of abdominal pain that lasted for a month. Currently, I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. On listening to your history, it seems that you have developed an acute anal fissure. It is a breach in the opening of the bowel called the anus. This can occur due to hard stools passing across the anus, which causes a breach or small ulcer. I want you to follow...  Read Full »

My 1.5-year-old child keeps refusing food. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My child is 1.5 years old and he weighs 11.9 kg. He is playful and looks energized but refusing food. Is it normal? Kindly suggest any treatment if needed. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Sirisha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For a 1.5 year old, the weight is good. Usually kids of this age group tend to be more interested in their surroundings and play, so will refuse food and might be choosy. If child is healthy and growing according to his age norms such as able to walk by now, says few word...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for pain and burning sensation after passing stools.

Query: Hi doctor, I had a hard stool a month back and after that, I started to have sharp pain and burning issues. Initially, I thought of it as anal fissure. I increased my water intake and fiber in my diet to keep constipation away. I consulted a homeopathy doctor and he advised me to use Toronale cream...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Avoid insertion of fingers. It can cause pain and non-healing of anal fissure. Your symptoms are due to anal fissure and it gets healed by avoiding constipation and by using medicines. You can also use Xylocaine 2% gel once in six hours a day with Diltiazem gel once in ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of external piles?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29-year-old male. Currently, I am suffering from external piles. I have pain while passing stools. I am not taking any medication for it. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Malvika Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. For having proper treatment, I need some details. Kindly mention whether you had any chronic illness and commodities in the past. Please mention whether you taking any medications. Kindly mention your personal history. External hemorrhoids are...  Read Full »

What causes hard stools and difficulty in passing stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from constipation, small stools. It is very hard to poop. I am straining but not too much.  Read Full »


Dr. Arup Majumdar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms seem to be related to chronic constipation. Some recommendations to help relieve your constipation. Drink two to four additional glasses of water a day. Maintain a strategic distance from caffeine-containing beverages and liquor, which can cause drying ...  Read Full »

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