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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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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 thre...  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 »

I am having problems with bowel control. Please assist.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been facing issues with fecal incontinence. I am unable to control stools. I also have irregularity in passing stools. It is like, the moment I feel like going to the toilet, I get heavy pain inside my stomach and after which I am unable to control stool movement. There is a...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The condition which you have mentioned might be due to constipation. Constipation causes hard stool impaction and around which soft liquid stool percolates. Advice: Take syrup Piclin 5mL twice a day for 3 days. Also take Methylcellulose husk 3 spoons twice a day. Dr...  Read Full »

I have been facing constipation issues for the past 20 days. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been facing constipation but got better after taking medicines. I took medicines only twice, and I am still curing, but I felt a little white, soft lump coming out of my anus while cleaning. Is my internal skin coming out because of straining harder, or is it something else? I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the detailed history you have given. This is mostly external hemorrhoids (piles). It will be of great help if you can send me a picture of your lump. No specific treatment is required at present except for constipation...  Read Full »

What causes hard stools and anal ulcers?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old, boy, my height is 158 cm and weight is 61 kg. I am suffering from motion problem. My motion is not proper. It is getting too hard and timing is not proper I feel, something like ulcer is there inside of my anus. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Ohams Ike Henry

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You feel pain when you use the toilet, and always hard. You need to take enough water, fruits and vegetables in your diet to soften your stool. You need a lot of fibres in your diet. For the ulcer like symptom as if there is a wound in your anus, that may be making yo...  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

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 the...  Read Full »

Why do I still have pain after four days since passing a hard stool?

Query: Hi doctor, I had hard stools four days back and after that, I am having enormous pain while passing stool every day. I consulted a doctor and he prescribed Ano-metrogyl cream. I used it three to four times a day but there is no relief. I drink Softovac powder at night. My situation is not getting b...  Read Full »


Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have developed acute anal fissure due to hard stools and so you are having pain due to it. There are two ways to resolve it. You can use local cream to have relief from pain and to relax your sphincter. You can take medications to soften your stools. I am suggesting...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing pain due to piles. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing too much pain due to piles and need some relief. Please suggest some good medicine for instant relief. Please help. Thank you.   Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Such pain occurs due to constipation; when stool is hard, it becomes difficult to pass, and then pain occurs. So, I would suggest you take high-fiber diets such as bananas, apples, oranges, and green vegetables. ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for hard and soft stool with body pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My stool is hard first and then it becomes soft. Otherwise, it is soft always. I pass stool once daily like other people, also I have no pain in the stomach. But due to soft stools, my legs and other body parts are always in pain. When I get up early in the morning I feel very tired due ...  Read Full »


Dr. Davender Singh Bakshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Two important points that I find in your history are others in the family also have it but you have told only about the male members. What about female members of the family? Secondly, it improves with Flagyl or Imodium. So the possibilities are water-borne disease whi...  Read Full »

My kid has anal itching and difficulty passing stools. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed my daughter of 4 years and 5 months is itching in her ano. She told it was getting hard when she wanted to pass stools. I noticed a mild inflammation in her ano and a mild crack. Please suggest a cream or medicine for her. I have Sucral Ano Cream. Can I apply? Please help us.  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. I have seen the picture that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There appears to be a cut over perianal region due to hard stools. In my opinion, I suggest the child should be given: Syrup Oflomac-M...  Read Full »

My son is not defecating properly for about seven days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,My son is 3 years old, he has not been defecating properly for about seven days or more. But in these few days, he has defecated three times. The defecation is very hard. After the first three days, I gave him medicine from the pharmacy, a suppository, and Dilac medicine. I did a lot of...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please give Laxolite syrup (polyethylene glycol- 20 ml of syrup + 20 ml of water) twice a day for two days followed by (15 ml of syrup + 15 ml of water) twice a day for two weeks along with plenty of water (0.2 gallons per day) for 10 days. Reduce intake of bread and...  Read Full »

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