Common "Psyllium" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Psyllium derived from the plant Plantago ovata is primarily effective in treating constipation. It is also used to treat mild diarrhea. It is a soluble dietary fiber and has its effect in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, aids in weight reduction, and is good for the heart. It absorbs water and becomes viscous that aids in excretion. Hence more water intake is necessary. This laxative has an added prebiotic effect.

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I took Psyllium to correct the changed consistency of my stool, but the problem recured after stopping it. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had softer small pieces of stools for several days. No increase in frequency, as I normally go one to three times a day. No pain or change in color. I took one tablespoon of psyllium one day, and the next two days, it was normal, several two to four inches pieces, and I went for...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have reviewed your case history. 1) A change in stool frequency and consistency can also be related to anxiety. So if you have been experiencing stress lately, there is a good possibility that you had these small...  Read Full »

Is surgery necessary for anal fissure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling severe pain when I pass stool. Also, have a couple of blood veins flowing out in the anus. I visited a hospital, the doctor said I had cut which is called fissure. Should I go for surgery? But I do not want to. Is there any way that with medication or any other way it can...  Read Full »

Dr. Suraj Kumar Choudhary Konka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your complaints. Looks like you have a fissure in the anus. You need to understand one thing. It is not going to heal unless you stop straining while passing stools. As it is a wound at the passage it causes your anal sphincter to go into contractio...  Read Full »

I have been having diarrhea and constipation for about four weeks now. Can you please help me?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been under stress lately and have been having diarrhea and constipation for about four weeks now. I am under investigation for IBS and will have a colonoscopy in a few weeks. I have gallstones and a cyst in my ovaries. Blood tests on kidneys and liver are normal. I do not have c...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It looks like Irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea-predominant subtype). I would recommend you discuss with your doctor to prescribe you Mebeverine, which helps smooth muscles relaxation and reduces diarrhea. It usually gives good results. ...  Read Full »

I am straining to pass my feces and gas. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-year-old male with a suspected fecal impaction or bowel obstruction. It feels like there is a poop or something in my rectum. I can barely pass gas, I have slight abdominal pain, and have liquid stools and diarrhea. I have had a dingleberry that has been stuck to the hairs for...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and can understand how worried you are regarding constipation issues. As it is a longstanding issue, some time is needed for it to get resolved. It has been less than a week or so that you started the medications which your phy...  Read Full »

What is the reason for itching and drops of blood in the anal area?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old male. A day or two ago after a bowel movement, I felt an itch in the anal area. I tried to get at it with a tissue but, it got worse and I could see small pellets of blood on the wipe. I am not on any medications.  Read Full »

Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Blood streaks on the wipe after an episode of itching could be due to an anal fissure. Bleeding per rectum in an otherwise healthy young male could be due to hemorrhoids or anal fissure. A fissure is a tear in the anal canal due to constipation or repeated friction. It...  Read Full »

Can consumption of fiber supplements for constipation cause bezoar?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been experiencing a low WBC count for many years. My constipation started about three years ago when with the help of fiber (Psyllium Husk) to flush out my hard stool. Constipation has gotten progressively worse over the last few months. Presently can only pass after taken Magnesium...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unfortunately, the images file which you uploaded is corrupted and can not be opened. You need to upload it again. And please upload the report of the CT (computed tomography) scan as well since the images and their magnification maybe not suitable to comment on the d...  Read Full »

My constipation problem got worsened after undergoing cervical spine surgery. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from severe constipation for the past three years. I have undergone cervical spine surgery before two years back. Post surgery constipation problem still got worsened. Presently, I am taking Baclofen 5 mg three times a day for the spasticity in legs. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ana Karen Pulido Ayala

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The first option for treating constipation is starting with Sennosides tablets. Take two tablets every night. If there is no improvement in two days, you can take two tablets for every 12 hours. This medication can be taken for now and on. Sometimes you may need more fi...  Read Full »

Can soft stools cause pruritus ani and anal itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had pruritus ani for about three years now. Recently, it has been worse. I am allergic to trees and cold urticaria. I am also prone to sinusitis. Other than allergies, I am in very good health. My GP ruled out hemorrhoids, parasites (was not tested but no symptoms), and I got tes...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from pruritus ani for three years. You are an allergic person. Pruritus ani may result from contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen planus, liche...  Read Full »

Why there is recurrence in piles even after surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is 50 years old and had piles for six years. It turned severe, with heavy bleeding and pain. We did surgery to cure it. Now two months completed still, she is having the piles problem with bleeding and pain whenever she uses her restroom and also has pain on urination. Please ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aastha Midha Likhyani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For piles, the first and most important thing is to avoid constipation and spicy meal. Take a high fiber diet. Drink plenty of fluids, about three liters per day. Take Isabgol (psyllium) powder three tablespoons with milk twice a day. Take Dobesil (Calcium Dobisi...  Read Full »

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