What exactly happens in piles?
Piles, scientifically known as hemorrhoid is a condition in which the veins in your anus and rectum tend to swell up. Hemorrhoids can be of 2 types- 1. Internal hemorrhoids, they are found inside the rectum and are usually painless. 2. External hemorrhoids, they are found around the anus and usually more painful.
Who are at risk?
1. Pregnant woman are more prone to develop piles.
2. Chances of developing piles only rise when you age.
(But a younger group of people are not immune to this disease, anybody can develop piles)
1. Genetic factors, piles may be inherited.
2. Too much abdominal pressure puts the vein under stress which as a result swells up the anal area
4. Unhealthy diet
6. Chronic constipation
7. Anal intercourse
- Itching and anal discharge
- Pain and bleeding in the anus
- Leaking feces
- Swelling, discomfort and soreness in the anal area
Piles is a condition which is easily curable and there is no need to worry.
Here is a list on how you can treat piles at home. But if the above-mentioned symptoms persist for more than 6-10 days it is advisable that you seek medical assistance immediately.
1. Increase water intake
Water is a magical medicine. Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated and lubricated so that your stool can pass smoothly.
It is recommended to consume fruits and vegetables rich in fiber content like broccoli, carrots, turnips, radish, beets, spinach and whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, corn basically a diet rich in fiber content so that your digestive system is in proper condition which keeps the stool soft.
3. Apple cider vinegar
It is believed that apple cider vinegar helps in relieving pain and itching but it is advisable to do a patch test before using it as it can cause a burning sensation. If it burns, try diluting it a little.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil as we all know is an amazing moisturizer and is also mild. Put on some coconut oil and it can help to get rid of irritation and itching.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which help in calming down the inflammation of hemorrhoids. But use pure Aloe Vera and not one that is sold in the markets as they are not 100% pure and also packed with preservatives.
6. Triphala powder
Bowels movements can be made easier with the consumption of Triphala powder. Doctors suggest having 4g of it with hot water before bedtime.
7. Warm bath
A warm bath helps you sooth the pain and irritation caused due to hemorrhoids. Fill the tub with warm water and not hot, you can also add Epsom salt or apple cider vinegar and soak yourself for 10-15 minutes.
8. Ice packs
Applying ice packs can be helpful in reducing swelling and pain for a while. Pack some ice in a towel or cotton cloth to avoid damaging your skin and keep it there for 5-10 minutes.
9. Black tea
Studies show that tannic acid in tea helps in reducing swelling and stops bleeding. Keep a warm tea bag and its warmth will definitely lessen the pain.
1. Always wear loose fitting clothes so that you give enough room for air to pass and not let sweat accumulate and further irritate the skin, also try to wear cotton undergarments.
2. the most important thing to remember is, DO NOT FORCE A BOWEL MOVEMENT. It will happen when it is supposed to happen; forcing yourself to do it will only worsen the condition.
3. Avoid sitting for long periods. Walk for 20-40 minutes in the morning which ensures smooth bowel movements.
4. Please stay away from spicy, processed, canned, deep fried and frozen food, and do not consume foods containing corn starch.
5. Elimination of alcohol is mandatory. Consumption of alcohol dehydrates your body and makes the stool hard.
6. Avoid using fabric softener or harsh soaps on your undergarments and pants.
These are simple home remedies and precautions to follow. But even if your problem continues, please see a doctor as your doctor can better diagnose and help you.