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A 19-year-old male asked:

change in bowel movemnt, blood on tissue paper with difficulty in passing stool. seen a tear on anal, what can i do to cure it?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Stool softener: Keep your stools soft, avoid straining. The formula for soft stools is to have plenty of fiber in your diet and keep well hydrated - easiest way to do that is to add soluble fiber (metamucil, citracel, etc.) 2 tablespoons once or twice daily, and drink plenty of fluids. Over the counter stool softeners (docussate, dss, or colace) can also help. Warm baths can also help soothe the area. Good luck.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Avoid hard stools: By eating a high fiber diet including vegetables, fruits, salads and whole grains and drinking 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. No need for fiber supplements if you are eating properly. Exxcess fiber from supplements can actually make your problem worse. See a colorectal surgeon for some topical aids that might speed up your recovery.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
?: From ur statement @ the end of ur post does it mean there was a tear on a rectal exam? If so it usually requires surgical intervention. Blood on the tissue or on the outside of the stool can b due hemorrhoids internal or internal. These r aided by soft stool, tucs, etc. If concerned c a GI specialist or proctologist

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