Stool Softener

A stool softener is also called an emollient laxative. It helps to soften the stool, and it is a good option to treat constipation. Docusate sodium is used as a stool softener capsule that helps in bowel movements, and it is used in persons who should avoid straining during bowel movements.

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When can I return to my regular physical activities after the fistulectomy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have undergone fistulectomy and right now in bed rest. I am taking sitz bath, three times a day with Betadine solution and then Betadine cream. Also, I am on antibiotics. I am a working in IT sector and my work requires a sitting time of 8 hours approximately. So, when can I go ba...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Goel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Fistula-in-ano is a chronic and debilitating illness. I must first congratulate you for getting it operated. After the surgery, you can resume your routine work after two week's time. This will allow the operated site to heal properly. You can start sports after a month. ...  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 »

I doubled the dose of my stool softener. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, It started three weeks ago. My stool was hard to push out, and only very little was coming out at a time since I changed my diet. Then my stool became very wet, soft, and easy to come out. Then I started Benefiber, which started making me constipated, so I stopped and started taking M...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The thin and wet stools are secondary to the use of the MiraLAX (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) powder. This is a bulk laxative, meaning it absorbs lots of water within the intestine and causes liquid quality stools. You did not mention how much Miralax you have t...  Read Full »

How to have good bowel movements?

Query: Hi doctor, I have bad constipation. I rarely feel the urge to pass stools even though I know I am full and bloated. Since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder for 25 years, I have had some trouble. I am on psychotic medications- Zyprexa, Klonopin, and Effexor XR. I also take beta-blocker Metoprolo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Increasing age and drugs seem to be the cause of constipation in you. These antipsychotic medications use cause slow bowel movements. Now, if we cannot stop your medications, the alternative we have is, use medicines that improve your bowel movements - Mira...  Read Full »

How to get cured from painful hemorrhoids?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 21-year-old female. Over the last few days, suddenly, I developed very painful hemorrhoids. I have difficulty in passing stools. How can I treat this at home as I am isolating? Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sosela Rrusho

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern with hemorrhoids. Since you are isolated, my first advice is not to stay seated for a long time (do not stay in a position that gets too much pressure in the anal area) walk in the house. Other things that can help with hemorrhoids are: 1) In...  Read Full »

Why do I get pain with bleeding during bowel movement?

Query: Hi doctor, I have difficulty in passing stools. I put heavy pressure while passing stools. I have pain during bowel movements with bleeding. Initially, my stool is hard and small and after that, it becomes slightly easy to pass.   Read Full »

Dr. Arbab Muhammad Kashif Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention the duration of these complaints. Please mention whether you noticed any blood in stools or any swelling in your anal area. Please mention whether you have pruritus, abdominal pain, or discharge in the peri-anal area. Please mention whether you have a...  Read Full »

How to get relief from constipation presenting with fresh blood during defecation?

Query: I had constipation four weeks ago. This made me to have big stiff bowel during defecation a thing that caused bruises below my rectum so I currently bleed a fresh blood during egestion with little pain. I have not gone to hospital. You can prescribe a drug  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query. Some times hard and rough stool rubs with veins that are present in the rectal and anal area. Those are very superficial and as they get ruptured due to hard stool there is a possibility of having fresh blood while defecation. To avoid this please see that stool remain...  Read Full »

What causes burning sensation while passing stools?

Query: Hello doctor,My 4.5-year-old baby is complaining of a burning feel whenever he passes stool. One day he passed a hard stool since then, he is saying like that. It has been one and a half months now and is not getting healed. I can see some redness outside the anus and no idea about inside. I am appl...  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This sometimes happens even when they are not passing hard stools. But you still will have to give stool softeners. Please do the following: 1. Do not give him any oily or spicy food for two weeks. 2. Do not give him biscuits, cakes, chocolates, chips, carbona...  Read Full »

Why is my wife bleeding from the anus after abortion?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife was admitted to hospital due to incomplete abortion and dengue fever NS1 reactive. She had 6 weeks pregnancy. Doctor has done surgical abortion and it was found dengue fever after blood test. She was admitted for three days. Her initial platelet count was 150000 and later 180000, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How reliable were those blood tests? If those were reliable, then there is no need to worry for bleeding from two sites. Otherwise, repeat it from a good place. Secondly, just start any birth control pill from today as it will lessen the bleeding. I suggest Laxit plus...  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 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. I sug...  Read Full »

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