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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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 »

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 »

Is it normal for a 3 year old to pass stools once in 3 to 4 days?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is going to be 3 years old. She is not passing stool on daily basis. She passes stool with a gap of three to four days. She has difficulty in passing stools with this time gap. Sometimes, she gets rashes and slight blood stains in her potty. We are giving lots of water to drink...  Read Full »


Dr. Samir Bhatia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand the concern of your child regarding constipation. Try to include high fiber in her diet. Avoid giving milk at night. You can start giving Lactulose syrup 5 ml 12 hourly. It helps a lot. Please mention the weight of your child. Please mention whether she...  Read Full »

Do tiredness, stomach pain and fullness, and difficulty passing stools need urgent care?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old female. I am not feeling good for a while now and I do not know what is going on inside my body. I consulted many doctors and they told me that I am fine. I have done CT scans and basic blood work. They seem to be normal. I feel tired always. I am feeling full even after...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your symptoms are related to each other. You have fullness in your stomach due to chronic constipation and so your appetite has got reduced. Your rectum remains full due to this reason and so you have lower pelvic pain. I suggest you use an en...  Read Full »

Will hard stools and constipation lead to rectal bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. I noticed rectal bleeding this week. There is bright red blood in my stools. It has been four days since I found about it. I am not under any medications now. Lately, I have been trying to do a low-carb diet, and since I started that. Of course, I do not pass...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, you have rightly diagnosed yourself. Because of constipation, you have hard stools, which might have led to anal fissures or hemorrhoids. There is nothing much to worry about. You need to visit a surgeon to get a digital rectal exami...  Read Full »

Can Pizotifen cause constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have chronic migraines for the past 15 to 16 years and was diagnosed with type A migraine earlier this year. I was on Sandomigran (Pizotifen 0.5 mg) that I was taking for the past three months. The migraines episodes have dropped considerably, and the quality of life regarding daily he...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right, as a few people do experience severe constipation with Sandomigran (Pizotifen). First, we would try to workout on constipation, but if we fail to improve it in a few weeks, we would consider switching to alternative drugs for migraines. Very important her...  Read Full »

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