How To Treat Piles
How To Treat Piles
Are you suffering from piles? Do you want to avoid piles? Do you want to know what piles are? Here's an excellent video that will answer all your questions. In this video, Dr. Stuart Flanagan of the NHS talks about piles and the different types of piles. He also provides tips on how to prevent and avoid piles.
Today, we're going to talk about some tips on how to treat piles. Now, piles or hemorrhoids are an extremely common problem. They affect about 50% of us at some point in our lives.
What are piles exactly? Well, they are little tissue swellings that are found in the anus and the lower rectum of the back passage. There are lots of blood vessels around that area and if those blood vessels become engorged with blood, they can swell permanently and the tissue around them can become very swollen and tender. They can often protrude from the anus or certainly poke down and become very uncomfortable.
And that's what we term as piles or hemorrhoids. Now, there are various grading of piles. For example, grade 1 piles tend to stay inside the rectum and don't come down.
Grades 2 and 3 can come down and protrude. Some of them are easily pushed back but sometimes they can stay down longer. And grade 4 piles tend to protrude permanently and it can be very difficult to push back into place.
There are lots of treatments for piles that you can get over the counter and most of these are soothing agents for the irritation and discomfort that they can cause. The common symptoms for piles are bleeding, when you wipe yourself with some toilet robe you can get itching and irritation due to the excess of mucosal discharge which comes from the mucosal tissue coming down through the anus. And you can also get a lot of pain and discomfort from piles, especially when you are sitting or are in certain positions.
Very rarely you can get a blood clot or thrombosis in the vessel and this can cause very intense and uncomfortable pain. There are lots of over the counter treatments for piles, most of which are soothing oils, lotions and ointments. Most of these tend to soothe the symptoms and relieve the pain and discomfort that you can get.
I'd look for ones that include a local anesthetic and use these for a few days particularly if you are getting discomfort and pain from piles. Lots of the treatments can also shrink the piles, and they work by a process or osmosis to really try and shrink down the piles and often this will happen of its own course as well. If you are getting piles regularly or they persist, it's definitely worthwhile seeing your doctor for further advice.
Some people with very severe piles do require surgical treatment and this can include banding of the piles which cuts off the blood supply and they drop off. Or a surgical treatment called hemorrhoidectomy where the piles are physically removed and cut off. In terms of avoiding piles, the best tips are to eat plenty of fiber which will bulk up your motions and make sure it is much easier to pass the stool.
Drink plenty of water and keep well hydrated. And also take regular exercise, which again helps your gut propel the food further down and make sure your motions pass very easily. So these are some tips on how to treat piles.
Are you suffering from piles? Do you want to avoid piles? Do you want to know what piles are? Here's an excellent video that will answer all your questions. In this video, Dr. Stuart Flanagan of the NHS talks about piles and the different types of piles.
He also provides tips on how to prevent and avoid piles.