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 kid has itching in her anus and difficulty passing stools. Can I apply Sucral Ano cream?

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 »

How to manage anal fissures permanently?

Query: Hello doctor,I have anal fissures for the past seven weeks, the big wound is curing, but the small wound remains uncured. I have a previous history of these same issues ten years back. I am currently taking Fidonal ointment and antibiotics, which cured only 80% of my wound.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep V. Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. An anal fissure is a wound in the anal canal caused by various reasons such as overactive anal sphincter pressure, passing hard stools, straining at defecation, and rarely also in Crohn's disease. I hope the doctor has evaluated you for the same. Usually, anal fissures ...  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

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 »

I have difficulty in bowel movements and observed blood drops on the toilet paper after passing stools. Is it due to an anal fissure?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have an anal fissure but wanted to confirm so that I could stop worrying about cancer or something more serious. I tend to have harder bowel movements although I take magnesium to help with that. Every few weeks I have a hard bowel movement that hurts and feels like I am tear...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am reviewing your case history and will get back to you in a while. Thank you.  Read Full »

Can smoking cessation cause strained bowel movements?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 39 years. I have quit smoking, cold turkey after smoking for almost 18 years. It is my 29th day of being smoke-free. Everything was going fine until last 7 to 10 days my bowel movement has been strainful. Few days I have seen very small sized hard stools and sometimes small ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post, it is normal to have hard stools after quitting smoking for that you have to add a salad, do exercise, and take enough water. It is a temporary phenomenon which usually settles in three months till intestines adapt nicotine free blood. You h...  Read Full »

I have not passed stool since eight days. Will I die of constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have not passed stool from the past eight days. This is the third time I am constipated, the last two times it got fixed within 2 to 3 days. I have tried everything, and yesterday I went to a doctor, who gave me a lot of medicines. I took all the medicines yesterday night as well as to...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have severe constipation, for which we need to clear the impaction. If you are passing gas and there is no distention of abdomen, then we can give a dose of laxatives, although you may require more doses. I suggest you get an x-ray abdomen and share the report....  Read Full »

Why do I defecate several times in a day?

Query: Hello doctor, I defecate almost five times a day. My stool is hard most often. This caused me an anal fissure which I am currently recovering from. My diet is high in protein. I eat fruits and salad on daily basis. Is this normal? Could it be a sign of colon cancer? I am currently taking Daflon for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are unlikely to be due to colon cancer. Colon cancer can be present with variable symptoms such as constipation, vomiting, bleeding through anus and significant weight loss. Many people experience hard stools as part of irritable bowel syndrome. I su...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from piles for a few months and even after taking medication there is no relief. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from piles for a few months. Even after taking an all-fiber diet and medications, there is no relief. Also, I have been passing hard stools daily. I have swelling around my anus and severe pain. Please suggest any remedy for this.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have reviewed your query, and here is my advice. According to history, you are having piles problem. I suggest the following remedy for you. Avoid straining while passing stool. Avoid intake of excess spicy foods. A hot water salt ba...  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 b...  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 »

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