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A 33-year-old male asked:

what is the difference between a"hard stool"and a"normal stool"?can you have a normal stool that anal stings off & on with little water and little fib

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
?question: Not sure exactly what you are asking here, but a hard vs. soft stool refers to the consistency of the stool. If hard, it can cause irritation and pain as it stretches the anus, whereas a soft stool can be malleable and the shape will change as it passes through the anal opening not hurting. Appropriate fluid/water intake is essential to a well made stool, and fiber helps regulate you too.

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Last updated Jun 29, 2014

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